April 2011

Aaaaaannnddd the links for this week are:

Brain scientist Livia has wonderful (and pseudo-psychologist) tips on beta reader feedback.

Agents Kristin Nelson and Jennifer Laughran talk agency agreements.

Writer Brooke Favero has a roundup of synopsis-writing links.

Weekly Link of Awesome: from the always-awesome bookshelves of doom, literary maps.

What writing tips have you picked up this week?


Two quotes of wisdom from SCBWI-Iowa‘s spring conference came from literary agent Stephen Fraser:

“When you start to act professionally, you are a professional writer.”

and my favorite:

“A good book has a home.”

Another fantastic session at the SCBWI-Iowa conference was given by Michelle Bayuk, the Director of Marketing at Albert Whitman & Co. Not only was Michelle friendly and approachable, but she had great information about marketing your book:

  • As an author, your biggest contribution is to finish the book!
  • You are a member of the marketing team, not the sales team. Build relationships with your local booksellers and librarians.
  • You are the best spokesperson for your book.
  • New books sell old books. Keep writing.

And remember: “If you can’t describe your book in a sentence, we can’t sell it.” Editors only have a sentence or two to explain your book to the sales team. The sales team only has a sentence or two to sell the book to buyers. Keep your elevator speech updated!

It’s Wednesday again, folks, and there are some great posts out there:

Five amazing lessons from Shannon Whitney Messenger.

Is your attitude and altitude age group appropriate? (from Kidlit Central News)

So excited to see Gail Carson Levine has a new book coming out! I had to re-read ELLA ENCHANTED after seeing the news (via My Brain on Books).

This week’s Link of Awesome: Love wordplay and charts? Indexed does it again.

What other links of awesome have you found this week?

Presenting, for your Monday, another gem from the SCBWI-Iowa conference. This one comes from Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann‘s joint presentation on picture books, but I think it applies to all forms:

“The best endings solve the problem, but don’t end the story.”

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone! A small but wonderful group of links today:

Shannon O’Donnell offers this inspiring look at failure (yes, you read that right).

Janice Hardy asks: do your words give the right first impression?

The Guide to Literary Agents blog has this year’s list of best agent blogs.

And a truly wonderful Link of Awesome for this week: A show-jumping cow (via mental_floss).

What great posts have you seen this week? More importantly, have you ever ridden a cow?

Here’s a thought for your Monday morning, courtesy of author/illustrator extraordinaire Eric Rohmann:

The Beatles only kept 3% of what they did. If you listen to all their released music, it totals about ten hours of finished product, compared to over 400 hours of takes. That doesn’t even count rehearsals.

“The majority of what you do is going to be crap.” But it’s part of the process that gets you to that finished product. Give yourself permission to suck first.

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