Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Weekly Scratch -- Quiet Books, Agents, Trends, a Kite, and more

Hi folks, brrr, it is freezing here in the Brazos Valley; I hope that makes you want to curl up with a good and work.

First up, thanks to ARA Jacqueline Gramann for her great talk about "who are we writing for."  Here is a link to self-publishing option she mentioned...Fastpencil.

So you want to write a picture book?  Here is a two-minute master class from Kevin Henkes on how to achieve your goal.

Next, Santa Claus is coming to town... Wonderful William Joyce is coming out with a new Childhood Guardians series.  This series will delve into the history of such childhood superheroes as Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and the Easter Bunny. Here's the link to PW article.

Do you like quiet books?  Here's a great blog post from Shannon Hitchcock's chat with Literary Agent Erin Murphy and her client Audrey Vernick. Gives a list of ways to make a quiet book louder.  Enjoy. 

The SCBWI Winter Conference -- sign -- I wish could have been a fly on the wall. Don't forget to check out the SCBWI Winter Conference Blog.  Notes from a few attendees: Karen Strong, K.M. Walton, Kathryn Freeman, Amy K. Nichols, Nina Mata.

Do you need an agent?  Links!

Here is one author's story of how she got an agent from Galley Cat.  
Sarah Dessen's agent  Leigh Feldman has joined Writer's House.
The Nelson Agency has posted some stand out query letters and pitches. You might want to check them out.
Casey McCormick's blog is an awesome place for agent research. Check it out.

This has been out there for a little while but is nevertheless an interesting blog entry from Ally Carter about TRENDS in children's publishing.

SCBWI members, vote for your CRYSTAL KITE award book -- it's like our own WGA awards.  Log in and go to your homepage. Don't cry because you can only pick one book.  

Hope you found helpful stuff here. Come back next week for more scratch...

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