Friday, January 13, 2012

Current Scratch: Awards, Revolution, Craft

Howdy, folks! I hope you have made your new year's resolutions!  Maybe working on marketing was one of them.  We meet on  Jan. 25,  2012 at the College Station Barnes and Noble at 9:30  for critique (bring copies) and 10 AM for the Schmooze.  Molly Blaisdell will be speaking: Do You Need an Agent? How Do You Snag One?

Also locally:

The Children's Literature Book Club meets on the last Thursday, January 26th, at 4:30 pm in the Arts Council board room. Our book to read this month is Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.


Bank Street

The Bankstreet College of Education 2012 Irma Black Award semifinalists have been announced. This award is given by children for the best picture book of the year.

Mark you calendars for this one: The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards, including ALSC's Newbery and Caldecott awards, will be announced at a press conference on Monday, January 23, 2012, beginning at 7:45 a.m. Central time, in Dallas.

The Revolution

An interesting article from Kathleen Duey on her blog writerwriterwriter about the revolution in publishing.

Here is an article about e-publishing about the new self-publishing platform for the iBook.   

Here is an article leaked from the Hachette Book Group that explains the relevancy of publishers.This is found in Digital Book World.

Traditional publishers are diving into self-publishing in various ways. Self-publishing fee-based services are popping up all over. Here are two:  The first is  Book Country. Here is the scoop from Agent Savant's blog: "Book Country, the free online writing community launched by Penguin last Spring, is now offering a Kindle-like self-pub option for DIY authors." Another version of traditional publishing partnering with self-publishing is WestBow Press, a self-publishing division of Thomas Nelson. 

Wondering about eBook readers? Here is an article in PW of the Nook tablet vs the Kindle Fire. 


A great article from Darcy Pattison about 12 ways to start your novel by categorizing famous first lines. Good stuff.

Twenty-five things you should really know about voice. Check out this blog post on TerribleMinds.

A list to help you on your revision journey.  Add what your story lacks.  Check out this blog post at The Editor's Blog.

The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of the SCBWI.

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