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Monday, June 20, 2011

For those of you heading to RWA, which is in NYC this year, or if you're going to be in NYC and find yourself in the Times Square area, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books put together a nice restaurant guide with links to even more guides!

This isn't exactly breaking news, but looks like Greg Mortenson could be in even more trouble, by which I mean, more lawsuits

And speaking of non-fiction that turns out to be less non- that it should be, the Intern has some thoughts --and there's some lively responses in the comments

The Intern also has a great post up about how sometimes things can be so bleak that you have to wait and find your way back to being able to see beauty/find joy again-- "At first, it feels like it isn’t working. You’re just as wound up and single-minded as you were a few days ago. If you’re going to be like this, you might as well just work. But when you try to work, you just get frustrated...You’re still too much of a machine to appreciate anything...But slowly, imperceptibly, beauty starts to push its head out of the ground like a tomato seedling. Your heart still feels like packed clay, but there it is—something living."

Agent Rachelle Gardner on insecurity -- something I think most writers (or at least this one) have in abundance

Writer Unboxed on Seven Deadly Sins For Published Writers -- this one is a must read for anyone who is published or about to be published, IMO

From YA Outside the Lines, How Do You Know Which Story To Work On?

Stacked is advocating for contemporary YA -- I fully admit to being biased on this, but I *adored* this blog post (plus there are loads of links!)

One of the links mentioned in the above piece is one I feel deserves a shout-out because it's so utterly raw in its honesty about what it's like to be a contemporary mid-list author these days. Kudos to Kristen Hubbard for being brave enough to talk about how hard it can be to be not just a debut author, but a debut author writing contemporary YA. -- "It's a numbers game, and miles outside my limited reach, in that faraway place where the power lies, it was decided my beloved book would not be given much of a push, and would not be stocked at Barnes & Noble bookstores. Among other things.

I never posted it. I was too afraid.

And to be honest, I still don't feel brave enough to rehash all the details. It's been a three-month battle, deciding whether to be open about all this in internet-land, or whether to put on a brave face and pretend everything's peachy."

Two posts on publishing time--and yes, it is different from just about anything else (except for working-for-a-university-time, which is, I think, one of the reasons I was okay with waiting four (yep, four!) years for the second novel I sold to come out.

One day I'll have to post a list of my published books vs. the order in which they were written

Finally, sweets for all you lovely people...

Lemon Cream Cheese Pound Cake, Chocolate Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting (try saying that three times fast!) *and* something I heard about when I was at the Book Blogger Convention and begged for a link when the recipe went up (and now it is!)--Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes


Blogger Kelly J. said...

Aww, thanks for sharing my post! It's my hope it reaches the right people who get the word out about the midlist contemp titles that need the recognition they deserve.

June 20, 2011 6:08 PM  

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