Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Maggie Stiefvater, Author

Maggie Stiefvater writes young adult novels, which include Shiver, Linger, Forever, Lament, and Ballad. Unusual and riveting would be two words that only begin to describe her books. I’m looking forward to reading her recently released The Scorpio Races.

Writing process always fascinates me. I love to read about how other writers write. There are many great posts on her blog about Maggie’s process. Follow her label “How I Write” to locate some of them. She uses helpful examples that illustrate her points and she fills her blog with glimpses of her personal style.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


GalleyCat, a feature of the Media Bistro organization, offers the latest information on publishing deals, books, writing resources, and jobs in publishing. It lives up to the promise in its subtitle: The First Word on the Book Publishing Industry. Whether it’s a video tour of a Scholastic headquarters, the scoop on who is acquiring whom, or info on a big deal just made by Amazon, you’ll find the latest and possibly greatest at GalleyCat. I love the Writer Resources page where you can get motivated, explore a new writers’ service, or find a link to a new writing technique.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Jill Corcoran Books

Agent Jill Corcoran represents children’s book authors, including picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult. I always find great information on her site. Recently, she posted a list of interesting past postings offering useful information to help authors get an agent. You’ll find information about her authors, their books, and publishing advice.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Bookshelves of Doom

Anything and everything about books, that’s what you’ll find at this highly recommended book blog. Recent posts have included information about NPR’s “The Back-Seat Book Club” geared to ages 9-14, a link to an article about Emily Dickinson’s baking expertise, and penguin sweaters (you’ll have to check it out!)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Advanced Fiction Writing

I heard Randy Ingermanson, the Snowflake Guy or America’s Mad Professor of Fiction Writing, speak at a Willamette Writers meeting in Portland, Oregon this spring and was intrigued by his Snowflake Method for writing a novel. At his website I found a terrific article explaining the method in more detail and a whole lot more, including informational articles and software.
While you’re visiting his site, it’s well worth your time to sign up for his Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine. It’s packed full of useful information and you can find an archive of past issues located under the E-zine heading on his website. You’ll also find a link to his blog.
Lots of good information here.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

WriteonCon - Free Online Conference

Free Online Conference
Mark your calendar for August 16-18, 2011 to attend the WriteonCon Children's Writers free online conference. I recommend that you sign up for their free e-newsletter to receive updated information.
I attended this conference last year and found it wonderfully motivating and inspiring.