“In the Blogosphere” is a series, which lists links to writing-related blogs I’ve stumbled upon throughout a given week (usually).
CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER
A few weeks ago, lit agent Kate Schafer Testerman of kt literary hosted a picture prompt contest on her blog, and fellow SWO member Alicia Caldwell tied with another writer for first place. Her entry was certainly memorable. Click here to give it a read. This earns Caldwell a 30-minute phone conversation with the agent extraordinaire—and, as Testerman is YA author and writing hero of mine Maureen Johnson‘s agent, color me jealous! Congrats, Alicia!
The next person I’m opening virtual champagne bottles for is up-and-coming YA author Michelle Hodkin. Not only did Hodkin score Fox Literary Agency‘s own Diana Fox as an agent a few short weeks ago, but last week, she also landed a two-book deal for her debut YA series, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Truly awesome news, and I couldn’t be happier to have met her at a conference last fall or that all her hard work is coming to fruition like this! Congrats, Michelle!
This next post comes from YA authors Lisa and Laura Roecker, a sister duo, who are quickly becoming some of my favorite lit peeps out there. I mean, not only are they from my humble homeland, Cleveland, but they also crack me up with just about every blog post—what’s not to love? Here, they give suggestions on how to be perky like Kelly Ripa without becoming a cokehead or a caffeine pill addict like Saved by the Bell‘s Jessie Spano. What’s not to love? I, for one, could definitely use perkiness pointers!
Over at Adventures in Children’s Publishing, Martina Boone and Marissa Graff take a comprehensive look at how to craft successful scenes. Definitely worth bookmarking.
CHILL, BABY, CHILL
I’m sure every writer has experienced the gut-wrenching awfulness when someone reads his/her book. Will they like it? What will they say? Will this change how they view me? If they don’t like it, does this mean it’s not publishable? In this post, the Rachelle Gardner-repped Jody Hedlund discusses this very thing and gives some insight as to the different perspectives of agents, publishers, and even your grandma as they read your book—and suggests with how much salt we need to take their reactions.
RESTORING MY FAITH IN HUMANITY
Here, the Roeckers are at it again, making me even more of a fangirl with a mere post about how Sex and the City 2 sucked and how the unfortunate flick is a microcosm for why the rest of the world hates America. I’m glad someone said it!
In celebration of the awesomeness that is going on with her writing career, Michelle Hodkin is hosting a contest over at her blog. Check it out!
As well, Inky Fresh Press is running a romance contest—don’t miss your chance to win some great (signed) books by Kate MacAlister and Cherry Adair!