Friday, January 20, 2012

Current Scratch: Awards, YA, Smiles

Howdy, folks! I hope you are enjoying our way early spring weather. 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.
Also note the upcoming Austin SCBWI Conference in February and the upcoming Houston SCBWI Conference  in March.
Here's the lists of this year's children's finalists for the Mystery Writer's of America's 2012 Edgar Awards:
Best Juvenile: Horton Halfpott by Tom Angleberger (Abrams/Amulet); It Happened on a Train by Mac Barnett (Simon & Schuster); Vanished by Sheela Chari (Disney-Hyperion); Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby (Scholastic Press); The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey (Egmont USA).
Best Young Adult: Shelter by Harlan Coben (Putnam); The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (Putnam); The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall (Knopf); The Girl Is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines (Roaring Brook); Kill You Last by Todd Strasser (Egmont USA).
Here's an interesting article in PW called "YA Comes of Age," discussing the juggernaut status YA has in today's publishing climate.
Are you a writer of young adult novels?  You might enjoy checking out this blog: YA Highway -- a road worth traveling if you are interested in writing for young adults.  This blog is an immense resource for every aspect of YA fiction.


Here is the real scoop on how books are created from Annie Burrows author of the Ivy and Bean series. 

Here is a blog post: "Eat the Butt Lies That Can Posion our Writing Career." This one might make you smile and think. 

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

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