Whether you are writing picture
books, chapter books, middle grade, or young adult novels,
nonfiction, historical fiction, romance, fantasy, adventure, or a
genre no one has named yet, here are a few helpful websites that you
won’t want to miss.
Verla Kay’s Message Board
Hands down, the best board on the net for
instruction, critique, camaraderie, discussion, Q & A, and fun.
The Purple Crayon
Children’s book editor Harold Underdown’s
site that covers everything from getting started to trends in
Bookmark this one!
Society of Children’s Book
Writers and Illustrators
An organization that offers
up-to-the-minute industry news, national as well as regional
workshops and conferences, writing tips, grants, contests, and more.
The official site of Cynthia
All things writerly and a great author to
Industry news with free weekly children’s
Children’s Book Insider
Weekly email newsletter and much more.
Andrea Brown Literary Agency,
My agency. Please follow submission
The best, the only, writing conference exclusively
for young writers!
The Alpha SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers (ages 14 – 19)
will be held at the
University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg Campus July 13 – 22, 2011
in conjunction with Pittsburgh’s science fiction convention,
Confluence, July 22 – 24th.
Blogs I love
The Mixed-Up Files of Middle
I am a contributing writer to this
fabulous blog. The Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors is
dedicated to anyone with a passion for children’s
literature—teachers, librarians, parents, kids, writers, industry
professionals— we offer regularly updated book lists organized by
unique categories, author interviews, market news, and a
behind-the-scenes look at the making of a children's book from
writing to publishing to promoting.
One of the friendliest places on the net for writers and
The blog of a children’s book editor. Bookmark it!
Author Libba Bray
Brilliant writer. Brilliant person.
My Friend Amy. All
things books and fabulous reviews.
Books, Movies, and
Chinese Food. Another fabulous blog you won't want to miss.
A few of my favorite writers ( and I do mean
only a few)
Other places I go
RSAA is a non-profit
organization that means a lot to me. I am on the board and also run
the Feed a Child with Art program.
Rebuild Southern Africa Association (RSAA) is a conduit and
facilitator between humanitarian relief organizations in the USA and
Southern Africa. Orphaned children barely survive without the
support structures to teach them how to become valuable contributors
to their communities.
Along with our fellow South Africans operating
existing charity organizations, RSAA drives very successful rural
community projects that include missions, schools, housing, bakeries
(to generate some income) and hospitals. We are rebuilding the
broken communities at the root level. We have had fantastic results
in the communities we support and want to expand the model to other
locations, so that desperation becomes self-sufficiency and success.
In addition, RSAA facilitates a fundraising
program called “Feed a Child with Art” where American school
children create original art cards in the classroom with a
pre-packaged kit and lesson plan, sell the cards, and then donate
profits to the programs we support while also receiving a percentage
of profits for their school, helping to offset classroom budget
cuts. This program instills responsibility and compassion for
others, empowering young minds and offering a global perspective on
We believe Southern Africa and its people have a
great future, but it will take a lot of hard work and dedication. It
is our responsibility to help create this future.
A place dear to my heart:
Bannatyne, my elementary school in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I can
still smell the cloak room.
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