Sunday, January 31, 2010

Funny Typos

Unfortunately, not all the examples on this site are typos. Most are probably brought about by ignorance of English grammar. This is a great site for making you feel superior!
A note from the site: “Thanks for visiting Funny Typos. Get your weekly fill of hilarious uses of English, Bad Grammar and Engrish that would make your grammar school English teacher cringe.”

Saturday, January 30, 2010

100 Essential Tips & Tools

I love lists and this website gives you 100 links to articles about writing and publishing.
The list is broken down into categories of:

  • Marketing & Branding

  • Organization & Project Management

  • Business & Career

  • Collaboration

  • Brainstorming

  • Finding Work

  • Web Tips & Tutorials

  • Niche Writing

  • Staying Cutting Edge

Monday, January 18, 2010

BookEnds, LLC

BookEnds, LLC, is a literary agency. It's primary agents include Jessica Faust, Jacky Sach, and Kim Lionetti. Jessica is the main poster of this blog which offers lots of publishing information from an agent’s point of view. Recent posts include advice on avoiding scams, writing query letters, book sale numbers (do you know what “sell-through” means? I didn’t either!), writing mysteries, and staying true to your voice.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Not Your Mother's Book Club

Books Inc. located San Francisco claims the title "the West’s oldest independent bookstore." They started Not Your Mother’s Book Club in order to bring writers together with their young adult readers. Even if you don't live close enough to attend one of the Club's events, you can enjoy the information and pictures offered at the site.

For even more fun visit their blog. The Not Your Mother’s Bookclub blog comes with a warning “content may not be suitable for parents.” In fact it is a great place for parents to find out what is happening in their teen's world, as well as gaining some great book recommendations along the way.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Institute of Children's Literature

You don't have to take a children's writing course from the Institute of Children's Literature in order to benefit from the massive amount of information on the Institute's website (although I did take the course many years ago and can highly recommend it.) You will find articles on every writing topic imaginable from getting ideas to marketing your polished picture book or young adult novel.

You can also sign up for their free weekly eNewsletter to receive information about live interviews scheduled with writers and editors, new articles and interview transcripts on writing, upcoming writing contests, and other news for writers.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Sarah Ackerley, Illustrator

I don’t personally know Sarah Ackerly, but I love to look at her illustrations. Who could not love that little dog on her website?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

MFA Confidential Blog

Written by Kate Monahan, a 2nd year MFA student at The New School University in downtown NYC, this blog is a great source for inspiring writing information. It’s fun to follow Kate through her writing journey. A recent post on what to do with your half written stories hit a strong note with me. Do you recycle bits of unfinished stories into other stories? When do you give up on a story? Questions most writers face at some time. It’s hard to let go of our babies.
Since an MFA program is out of the question for me right now, I'm looking forward to learning along with Kate.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Lisa Schroeder, Author

Lisa Schroeder's Website

I chose author Lisa Schroeder to start off this year's posts, because she's releasing TWO books in the first months of 2010! Her teen novel Chasing Brooklyn was released January 5th from Simon Pulse and her middle grade novel It's Raining Cupcakes will be released in March from Aladdin.

I've had the pleasure of meeting Lisa on a several occasions and she was nice enough to pose for a picture with my blogger bunny buddy Freckles.
There's some great information at both her website and her blog for writers.