Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Okay, this is a hoot! Apparently, Eloise is now 23 and interning at Condé Nast. (Don't think too hard about it, because the book came out in 1955, and she was six years old then, so she ought to be more like sixty... but still.) 

Good Links!

I've been focusing on writing at the expense of blogging lately... but just have to share a few great links I ran across!

First, here is an interview on Totally Writeous, in which Ingrid Law, author of  Savvy, talks about her writing process. I was excited to learn that Ingrid's new book, Scumble, is due out in August. Here's a link to my review of Savvy.

Secondly, Jason Black has posted some excellent articles about the craft of writing on Plot to Punctuation. Two that I found especially helpful were "Five More Ways to Create Sympathetic Characters" and "Why Stakes Work" 

And, last but not least, if you're not following Darcy Pattinson's Fiction Notes, it's worth checking out. She's got tons of good information. Here's a link to her archives.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Critique Giveaway

Author and Institute of Children's Literature instructor Marcia Hoehne is giving away two critiques on her blog. Enter by June 22 for a chance to win! Click here for full details.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Free Online Kidlit Conference!

Wow--a free online conference for kidlit writers! Isn't that the best idea ever? It's the brainchild of these amazing writer/bloggers--Casey McCormick, Shannon Messenger, Lisa and Laura Roecker, Elana Johnson, Jen Stayrook, and Jamie Harrington--and it promises to be amazing. A fabulous list of presenters has already signed on. For more information, click HERE ... and check out the cute video below ... and click on the organizers' names above to visit their blogs--they're offering some awesome giveaways!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

What Do You Do If You Get a Bad Review?

Check out this YouTube video by Amy Kathleen Ryan--it's very funny! You'll have to click on the link; I couldn't get the video to imbed at the proper size.