Hi folks, hope you are having a great writing week. This weekend is the AUSTIN SCBWI Conference! Have fun if you are going. :) The Writers' League of Texas has an upcoming conference for YA authors that you may wish to check out. The SCBWI Work-in-progress Grant season is open. Read about it here.
Have you heard of WRITEONCON? This website offers monthly live events with children's agents and editors. This month will be an hour of Q and A with Literary Agent Suzie Townsend, with FinePrint Literary and Editor Maria Gomez, with Harper Collins Childrens. Both will volunteer their time online on 2/28/2011 at 9PST to answer your burning publishing questions. Write on Con has monthly events. Check it out.
WHAT A DEAL
Wonder who buys what? ...from GalleyCat: Disney-"Hyperion has acquired two books from children’s series author Ally Carter." and "Editorial director Stephanie Lurie negotiated the deal with literary agent Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency. Senior editor Catherine Onder will edit the books." Yep, it's already been optioned by Warner Brothers. Nice.
Here's another one! ...from GalleyCat: Random House Children's Books. A Trilogy deal for Mark Frost for a YA series. Editorial director Jim Thomas negotiated the deal with literary agents Sophie Hicks and Ed Victor from Ed Victor Ltd. Super.
Yes, children's publishing is changing. Digital media is a game changer. Lots to think about. Here is one. YA author AMANDA HOCKING's blog. You WILL find it interesting. Ebooks changed her life. She's not worring about getting an agent or publishing house's interest. She's trying to satisfy her hundreds of thousands fans. Something to think about. Brilliant.
The Kidlitosphere (Children and Young Adult Bloggers) --their annual awards have been announced: 2010 Cybils Award winners.
This week famed children's editor Margert K. MeElderry dies at the age of 98. May we all bring such magic to children's books. Read more here.
Come back next week for more weekly scratch!