Here are some great links on writing, the industry, and all things book related. Some are serious, and some are just downright hilarious. We highly recommend you read them!
- Children’s Author Eva Ibbotson dies at age 85
- Eva Ibbotson: Ogres, Aunts and Happy Endings
- Editor Help for Jane Austen
- Pride, Prejudice and Poor Punctuation
- Kids Lit vs. Adult Lit
- 100 Best First Lines From Novels
- Don’t put the first paragraph of your query in the subject of your email.
– Sad news in children’s publishing. R.I.P. Eva Ibbotson.
– Another article from The Guardian from a few weeks earlier where they talk to Eva Ibbotson and her writing.
– See, even Jane Austen wasn’t perfect.
– Another post about Austen. She is renowned as a pristine literary stylist; but her semicolons were not her own – instead she scattered dashes through her prose (among other things).
– Here is another article about kids lit vs. adult lit. But this one is more about the lack of respect kids lit gets – how writers of kids lit aren’t respected as much, or thought highly of – and why people who look down on kids lit book and authors are wrong to do so. Loved this article.
– We love opening lines. So here’s a list of the 100 best first lines according to The American Book Review.
– We also love book covers. Coverspy is a tumblr of – you guessed it! – book covers. It’s a visual feast for your eyes!
Notes from the Twittersphere:
- Don’t send pages from the middle of the book. The BEGINNING needs to grab me.
– @ WolfsonLiterary
“Some readers have found children’s literature to be a rack of hats: didactic, useful books that keep us warm or guard us against weather. I find children’s literature to be a world of snakes: seductive things that live in undergrowths and that may take us whole.”
— Seth Lerer, Children’s Literature: A Reader’s History from Aesop to Harry Potter
What We’re Reading:
Vanessa: The Healing Wars Book 2: Blue Fire by Janice Hardy
Sammy: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Sarah: Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
Savannah: The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
Julie: Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
Susan: Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene
Mandy: Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColl
If you’ve come across any great links/quotes, share them in the comments! And let us know what you’re reading, too! 😀