Monday, May 30, 2011
I've again returned from an arduous journey tramping through the wilds of the Internet Jungle, collecting rare specimens to display here in my own little corner of the world. I bring you...Link-a-Palooza!
First, in case you missed it, agent Mandy Hubbard took herself a little trip to New York and had a sit-down with dozens of editors. What did she ask them? The same question we'd all like to ask them: What are you looking for? And then she went and put it all in the Epic Post on YA/MG Trends. Read, memorize, and go forth informed. But remember--DON'T CHASE TRENDS. This is just to help you know where to market your current projects. Chasing trends will only end in heartbreak.
Next, agent Natalie Fischer (a.k.a. Princess Unicorn CEO) has some great revision suggestions with even more links to other revision posts on her blog. Read it and weep. Then do what she says even though you want to cry, because she's right.
The Intern continues to impress me with her thoughtful posts from the safety of anonymity. Her Thoughts on Universals will make you think long and hard about what you're writing. And you will be grateful.
If you don't already know Hannah Moskowitz, you obviously haven't been reading my blog very long. But even if you're old pals with Hannah, you should read her post on creating the playlist for her latest book, Invincible Summer. She has a particular fondness for covers in her book playlists and I found the greatest site for finding those amazing covers that just may inspire a new scene, book, or who knows what. The Site of Awesomeness Covered in Awesome-Sauce is Cover Me where you can find the most unusual covers you'll ever here. Just be warned: You may lose a lot of hours to browsing this site.
And finally, your moment of zen. Watch it to the end. Trust me.