It’s hard to believe this time last week I was frantically frosting cookies and preparing for the Harry Potter midnight showing. Now I’m just wondering if my face will literally melt off while milking cows tonight. Guess only time will tell, so just in case, some links to tide you over:

This list of Little Known Fantasy Gems from The Enchanted Inkpot both puts me to shame (I haven’t read any of them) and makes me smile (so many good books to read).

Speaking of fantasy gems, Janice Hardy posted these tips on increasing reader emotion. Just because you know how a scene will turn out doesn’t mean your character or reader need to.

The Intern emerged from her basement lab with a shiny, colorful analysis of THE HUNGER GAMES and discusses what makes it un-put-downable.

This week’s Link of Awesome comes from Books & Such Literary Agency: an eighth grade final exam from Salina, Kansas circa 1895. Yikes.



The calendar says it’s Wednesday, but my heart says it’s the day before the last Harry Potter movie. I have to finish putting my guest room together and frost the themed cookies, but first, to the links:

This post from Jody Hedlund on “more time someday” is just so dead-on applicable to my life right now that I had to put it first on the list!

Adventures in Children’s Publishing continues to bring the awesome with their WOW Wednesday series. Last week’s post from Christine Fonseca regarding marketing is a must read!

As I’m jumping into another revision of my MG novel, From the Mixed-Up Filesinterview with Rich Wallace was both timely and helpful.

Link of Awesome: just in time for the epic final Harry Potter movie (*snif*), the Parseltongue translator, via GalleyCat. Anyone else going to a midnight showing?

Happy Wednesday everyone! It is Wednesday, right? When holiday and travel weeks combine, I get messed up. Anywho, to the links:

I’m a sucker for grammar posts, and agent Rachelle Gardner has a great one with the proper use of similar words.

Martina at Adventures in Children’s Publishing shares this great list of brainstorming questions to break through writer’s block.

This week’s Link of Awesome probably would’ve been more helpful last week before the 4th of July fireworks displays, but in case you’re wondering the names of each firework shape, mental_floss has you covered.

Did everyone have a good weekend? We’ve had six calves in six days at the farm, name announcements and pictures to come!

Hello out there! Thanks for sticking with me through the silence, wonderful readers. I’m uncurling from the fetal position that follows the week of Day Job’s national convention and catching up on Google Reader. Some star-worthy stuff I found:

Roni Loren gives a much-needed list of contrived coincidences.

Social Times has this awesome infographic studying the best time to post on Twitter and Facebook (via Alice Pope’s SCBWI Children’s Market Blog).

The wonderful Kristen Lamb combines two of my favorite things (writing and Star Wars) in this post analyzing why the prequels didn’t work.

Link of Awesome: Leila at bookshelves of doom brings the awesome again with the surname meaning website. Enjoy looking up both your name and your characters’.

What else have I missed, folks?

A late-in-the-day but quality list of links:

First, when I typed “stress” into the image search for Monday’s post, this picture was among the top results:


Who can’t smile looking at that? I feel less stressed already. Now, on to actual publishing-related links:

Jess Haines has some great tips on promotion posted on the Guide to Literary Agents blog.

Whenever I need inspiration, Shannon O’Donnell is my go-to gal. And this post is a lovely reminder about beginning.

Adventures in Children’s Publishing brought the awesome again with this post on 40 questions for a stronger manuscript.

This week’s Link of Awesome: this chart from Indexed reminds me how to measure how long I’ve been on the farm.

And with that, I’m off to milk! What links of awesome have I missed?

Haaaaappy Wednesday everyone! I’ve got revisions to do, a garden to weed, and cows to milk, so right to the links:

I’ve always wondered about sending a “test group” of queries and now agent Jennifer Laughran has provided the answer.

Author Jody Hedlund keeps the gems of wisdom coming with this post: which is more important, the first page or the last page?

PROJECT MAYHEM outlines the basics of a marketing plan for your book.

Be sure to save this post from Livia Blackburne that examines different ways to connect your main character to their best friend.

And this week’s Link of Awesome: A Parody from Sarah Ockler. Have you had enough of the WSJ kerfuffle? I thought I had too (although I’m always up for an excuse to use “kerfuffle”). Then I saw this response from author and fellow-Sarah-with-an-h Sarah Ockler. Enjoy.

What are you busy with this week?

You know those holiday weekends where you’re more exhausted afterward than you were before? Anywho, as the novel-restructuring continues, it’s a short list of links for a short week:

Hooray for the first middle grade buzz panel at BEA (via Publisher’s Weekly)! If you want great middle grade reads, look no further (and here’s the YA buzz panel as well). It’s going to be an amazing fall.

Agent Jon Sternfeld has great advice about engaging readers. My favorite quote: “All genres are mysteries” (via Guide to Literary Agents).

What have I missed, folks?


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