Tag Archives: What We’re Reading

Saturday Grab Bag

30 Jul

Mashup

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!

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What We’re Reading

Sammy: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee

Sarah: VANISH by Sophie Jordan

Savannah: A DANCE OF DRAGONS by G. R. R. Martin

Susan: THE BODY FINDER by Kimberly Derting

Mandy: THOU SHALT NOT ROADTRIP by Antony John

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Early August Debuts

CLEOPATRA’S MOON by Vicky Alvear Shecter (8/1)

THE NEAR WITCH by Victoria Schwab (8/2)

DARK PARTIES by Sara Grant (8/3)

HOOKED by Catherine Greenman (8/9)

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What are you guys reading? Excited for any upcoming novels? Let us know in the comments!

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Saturday Grab Bag: Mashup

2 Jul

Mashup

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!

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July Debut Novels

THE BOOK OF THE CONCEALED by Sang Kromah (July 4th)
LOST VOICES by Sarah Porter (July 4th)
CHARLIE JOE JACKSON’S GUIDE TO NOT READING by Tommy Greenwald (July 5th)
BESTEST. RAMADAN. EVER. by Medeia Sharif (July 8th)
BAD TASTE IN BOYS by Carrie Harris (July 12th)
WILDFIRE by Karsten Knight (July 26th)

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What We’re Reading

Sammy: ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins

Sarah: OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon

Vee: SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY by Gary Shtynegart & LOVE IS THE HIGHER LAW by David Levithan

Savannah: SLATHBOG’S GOLD by M. L. Forman & SAINT CITY SINNERS by Lilith Saintcrow

Julie: DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth

Susan: MISTWOOD by Leah Cypress

Jenn: A STORM OF SWORDS by George R. R. Martin

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Happy Saturday, everyone! We hope you’re all enjoying your summer! And curious minds want to know what books are on your summer reading list.

Saturday Grab Bag: Mashup

26 Mar

Mashup:

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!

  • The One On Lists
  • – Alexandra Bracken, YA author of BRIGHTLY WOVEN and the upcoming 2013 novel BLACK IS THE COLOR sheds some light on how publisher lists work – including how and why books are scheduled for different seasons. Very informative!

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Quotes:

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Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.

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E. L. Doctorow

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What We’re Reading:

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Vanessa: WOEFIELD POULTRY COLLECTIVE by Susan Juby

Kat: HUNGER by Jackie Morse Kessler

Mandy: RULES by Cynthia Lord

Sarah: SUMMERS AT CASTLE AUBURN by Sharon Shinn

Vee: BLOWOUT by Susan Vaught

Savannah: A MOUNTAIN OF CRUMBS: A Memoir by Elena Gorokhova

Sammy: JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte

Susan: STARCROSSED by Josephine Angelini

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Reading any good books?  Share them (and any thoughts or cool links) in the comments! Happy weekend!


 

The Return of the Saturday Grab Bag!

4 Dec

THAT’S RIGHT… IT’S THE RETURN OF THE

Hey all! It’s been a month since the last Saturday Grab Bag (can you believe it?), but it feels good to be putting them together again. I just wanted to include a quick little note saying thanks to everyone for all the wonderful congratulatory comments while I was away getting hitched – and that it feels GREAT to be back!

Vanessa Di Gregorio (Campbell!)

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Mashup:

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!

  • How to Get 100% Full-Request Rate
  • – Warning: you will laugh hysterically. And you will laugh out loud. If there is one link you should click and read in this entire post, it is this one. And then you will know exactly how to get agents to fall over their feet to sign you.

  • So You Want to Write a Novel
  • – A Youtube video that will make you laugh!

  • ‘T’ Shirts
  • – Attention all typography lovers! These aren’t your ordinary t-shirts – these are t-shirts that pay homage to different typographies! You need to click this link to really see what I mean.

  • Publishing 911
  • – And… more hilarity! A blog post featuring a ‘transcript’ between the Operator at Publishing 911, and the various callers. Read it: you’ll love it.

  • James Frey’s Fiction Factory
  • – Okay okay. Time to get serious here, folks. You’ve probably already heard about this, but for those who haven’t, get ready to be appalled. Frey’s controversial publishing company, Full Fathom Five, is hiring authors – and taking advantage of them.

  • Definitive List of Clichéd Dialogue
  • – Yes, that’s right. A list of clichéd dialogue. (And you know what… I’m totally guilty of some of those lines in my past works. Who knows… there might be some in my current WIP! Dun dun dunnn).

  • One-Trick Pony
  • – This is a great post! And looks at something that most (if not all) writers worry about at some point; that you’re just a one-trick pony.

  • 10 Ways to Create a Plot Twist
  • – I don’t know about you, but I’m a HUGE fan of lists; and this article delivers! Awesome post (complete with Star Wars reference, too!).

  • I Value The Arts
  • – This was a special request from one of our readers in the UK. I Value The Arts is an online petition against the cutting of funding for the arts in the UK. So if you’re interested in joining the cause to protect the arts, you can register and show your support on this site.

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Quotes:

“Sure, it’s simple, writing for kids… Just as simple as bringing them up.”

— Ursula K. LeGuin

“This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected. Consider that you’ve addressed it ‘to the editor who can appreciate my work’ and it has simply come back stamped ‘Not at this address’. Just keep looking for the right address.”

— Barbara Kingsolver

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What We’re Reading:

Vanessa: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Sammy: The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

Sarah: Changeless by Gail Carriger

Savannah: The Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bohjalian

Julie: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Susan: World War Z by Max Brooks

Mandy: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Kat: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Vee: Fury by Shirley Marr

Jenn: The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Biljana: Beowulf

 

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Happy first weekend of December! If you’ve come across any great links/quotes, share them in the comments! And let us know what you’re reading, too! (We love discussing books!)

 

Saturday Grab Bag: Mashup

30 Oct

Mashup:

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
  • – Sad news in children’s publishing. R.I.P. Eva Ibbotson.

  • Eva Ibbotson: Ogres, Aunts and Happy Endings
  • – Another article from The Guardian from a few weeks earlier where they talk to Eva Ibbotson and her writing.

  • Editor Help for Jane Austen
  • – See, even Jane Austen wasn’t perfect.

  • Pride, Prejudice and Poor Punctuation
  • – 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).

  • Kids Lit vs. Adult Lit
  • – 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.

  • 100 Best First Lines From Novels
  • – We love opening lines. So here’s a list of the 100 best first lines according to The American Book Review.

  • Coverspy
  • – 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 put the first paragraph of your query in the subject of your email.
    @WolfsonLiterary
  • Don’t send pages from the middle of the book. The BEGINNING needs to grab me.
    – @ WolfsonLiterary

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Quotes:

“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

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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

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If you’ve come across any great links/quotes, share them in the comments! And let us know what you’re reading, too! 😀