Just realized that my last blog post was also a weekly round-up, but I've just emerged from a revision cave, so that's ok, right? Round two edits are done! Yay! Of course it was after hitting "send" that I realized I left all my deleted scenes tacked on to the end of the manuscript. Oops. Literally smacked myself in the forehead while driving when I remembered I hadn't taken those off.
So now I'm catching up on some of the great blog posts that were out there this week.
Please stop by the Help Write Now auction and browse through the awesome items you can bid on to benefit The Red Cross' relief efforts for storm victims around the country. The 2012 debut Apocalypsies have donated two packages; the first is up today, and includes critiques of 50 pages, a query, and a synopsis from several members, plus two ARCs and a 10-page editor critique. I'll be in on the second package and will post the link here when that's posted.
I don't know if I'll ever be able to write a good picture book, but I've always loved reading them. Here's a fabulous article from The Horn Book, "Why We're Still in Love With Picture Books" by Allyn Johnston and Marla Frazee.
Agent Kristin Nelson has one of those bookmark-worthy blogs. Her informative post this week about requesting book blurbs from authors is a good one for those in the "I sold a book; now what?" category.
Or, if you're at the query letter stage, check out agent Janet Reid's post about how to format an e-mailed query letter. Also, her Query Shark blog should be regular reading for anyone who's working on writing a good query letter.
The post "Why I'll Never Be An Adult" isn't new, but it's my favorite from Hyperbole and a Half. What is new is her book deal!
And now that she finally has permission to shout her good news to the world, I can out Nikki Loftin as the part of "Rational Bunny" in this post. Her debut novel, THE SINISTER SWEETNESS OF SPLENDID ACADEMY, will be out next year from Razorbill. How awesomely spooky is that title? Congratulations, Nikki!
Lastly, how excited are we about the next Harry Potter movie? But sad too, since it's the last one.
Have a great week, everyone!