This week we are starting with a whole bunch of things, I may filter the information each week but there is so much going on in the publishing world it’s hard to keep it all from you.
Figuring you don’t have time to read the 900+ blogs that you follow, I will be scouting through them to bring some interesting ideas, concepts and tips from writing professionals, authors, and those in training.
Writers Digest just announced a new round of competitions, one may be of interest to you. It is a Young Adult writing competition, it is open now and closes October 1st, 2011. The fee is $20.00 and there is a First, Second, and Third Prize up for grabs.
Road Trip Wednesday - Join the gang at YA Highway for their weekly writing prompts. Link to your blog and enjoy visiting new friends or current followers to share there take.
Friday Fives - The crew at Paper Hangover have a new five every week. There is so much to learn by visiting blogs that link up. Who knew?
Red Writing Hood - at this fantastic blog you can take part in not one but two link ups in a week. The first is a writing prompt posted on Friday and the second is a weekend linkup (posted Saturday), where you can link to your favourite post of the week and share it with the followers of Red Writing Hood. I signed up for email reminders whenever they post, so I don't forget to link up!
The wonderful Guide to Literary Agents blogs on building that all important platform.
Success on Twitter...We could all do with that, right?
Does your writing come last on the list behind “Mommy I need a pee.” and “Honey, what time is dinner?” K.M Weiland gives you advice for mutual respect of your writing time.
Query Tracker asks you to find your strengths in your writing.
Janice Hardy looks at seeing your writing from different angles.
Our Book Blogger of the week
At Truth, Beauty, Freedom and Books, you will find honest, down-to-earth book reviews. It’s not your normal ‘What’s Hot’ review, it’s refreshing to find a book blogger reviewing different books by a number of different authors.
YA Book Releases
Debut Author Releases
Sheela Chari VANISHED Hyperion Book
Eleven-year-old Neela dreams of being a famous musician, performing for admiring crowds on her traditional Indian stringed instrument. Her particular instrument used to be her grandmother’s—made of warm, rich wood, and intricately carved with a mysterious-looking dragon. When this special family heirloom vanishes from a local church, Neela is devastated. As she searches for it, strange clues surface: a teakettle ornamented with a familiar-looking dragon, a threatening note, a connection to a famous dead musician, and even a legendary curse. The clues point all the way to India, where it seems that Neela's intrument has a long history of vanishing and reappearing. If she is able to track it down, will she be able to stop it from disappearing again?
Catherine Greenman HOOKED Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Thea Galehouse has always known how to take care of herself. With a flighty club-owner mom and a standoffish, recovering-alcoholic dad, Thea has made her own way in her hometown of New York, attending the prestigious and competitive Stuyvesant High School. But one chat with Will, a handsome and witty senior, and she's a goner—completely hooked on him and unable to concentrate on anything else.
Always worried that she loves Will more than he loves her, Thea is pleasantly surprised when their romance weathers his move to college and Will goes out of his way to involve her in his life. But then, Thea misses a period. And that starts Thea and Will on a wild ride that neither of them could have possibly prepared for. When they decide to keep the baby, their concerned parents chip in what they can to keep Will in school and give both teenagers a comfortable place to raise their child. But when a freak accident leaves Thea shaken and threatens to upend their little family altogether, Thea is forced to turn to the last place she would have chosen for comfort: her stiff, uncompromising father.
This smart, touching first novel brims with realistic, beautifully drawn characters, and reminds us that love is never as easy or predictable as we might like it to be.
Dark Days can creep up on even the strongest of writers, here are a few stories of inspiration to keep you up at night scribbling until your fingers bleed. Ok, don’t go that far but keep writing!
The Long and Persistent Road of Carol Riggs
K.M Weiland offers you advice on maintaining your enthusiasm through the end of your book
Rita Henubers Path to publishing is as inspiring as it gets, read her story and stop weeping....
Income for Writers
Author and Literary Agent Mandy Hubbard backs up her blog post on writers Income:Advances, with a look at how writer can earn surplus income.
Know of any great blogs I may be missing the scoop on? Let me know in the comments...