Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Today I'm offering a smorgasbord of links that might educate or entertain you. (And, by the way, I spelled smorgasbord correctly the first time. Must be my German blood.)

For Writers:

An outstanding blog by a fantastic reader about the disturbing trend of romanticizing bad relationships in YA books right now. That's right, Stephenie Meyer, I'm looking at you.

This Twitterati is the ultimate source for the latest information in the blogosphere. Everyday she posts links to everything useful. She does the work so I don't have to! Follow her now, trust me.

A compelling video that tells you how you can run your own ad on national TV (don't worry, it's not just on Fox News) for a very reasonable cost. Book trailers, anyone?

In case I haven't mentioned this before, this site allows you to search for literary agents, create your own list and track the status of all your queries. Goodbye, awkward Excel document!

For your entertainment:

There are really no words for how weird this is, but I found myself grinning at it anyway.

The title says it all.

A really fun video, especially if you're a music nerd like me, or happen to by married to one of those annoying musician types that can play any instrument and learn songs just by messing around on the piano or guitar. (Also me.)


Elana Johnson said...

Awesome linkage. I'm going to use some of these in my newsletter. And hey! Thanks for linking to QT!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Great links! And thanks for plugging me. :)

Mystery Writing is Murder

Liz Czukas said...

Glad you liked.

And, Elizabeth, the thanks should go to you. At all times. Always with the thanks flowing from me to you. You're invaluable.

- Liz

Jill Kemerer said...

Great links! Can't wait to check them out!

Tawna Fenske said...

OMG, these links are great! I especially love "The Best of Norm" and Elizabeth Craig (who I'm now following as well!)

Thanks for posting these!


eleven said...

I am SO on board with the YA issues with romance (You know how I feel about empowering heroines). I read Twilight shortly after The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens. The Bella issues jumped out at me so fiercely, I had to write an article about it. That girl is one INeffective teen.

The llama song was right up my alley, but too fast to follow. I did get the gist of it...a lot of llamas and something about once being a treehouse? LOL.

eleven said...

Oh, and smorgasbord always reminds me of Templeton from the Charlotte's Web Movie (the original animated one).

The Fair is a veritable smorgasbord, orgasbord, orgasbord
After the crowds have ceased...

LOVE that song.

Kristan said...

Twilight is NOTHING compared to Hush Hush. I personally think the Bella/Edward dynamic is over-sensationalized. He's NOT that creepy/controlling, especially as the series continues. (Bella even learns how to manipulate him, hahaha.)

But I do think it'd be nice to see more YA protags leaving bad relationships, or just entering into healthy ones.