I always find a lot of great events around Boston, many of them book/writing-related. I always forget to invite people until the last minute, so have some Event Round-ups!
So here are some things on the calendar:
Bookbuilders Bowling Night
Where: Sacco’s Bowling Heaven in Davis Square
When: April 10th from 6-8pm
Cost: $6, and pre-register
Why?: Networking and bowling! Only $6. And bowling!
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Posted in Current Events, Local
Tagged bookbuilders, books, boston area, boston local, boston public library, bowling, conference, damien echols, events, local, nescbwi, SCBWI, Writing
2012 was a mixed bag of some good and some devastating bad, but I believe the universe will do us a good turn and 2013 will be great. Here are some of my goals for the year of Lucky 13.
Go to the gym more. This is the traditional resolution for a reason. IT IS NECESSARY AFTER THE HOLIDAYS. Especially when you work in an office and there are cookies EVERYWHERE.
Learn how to use new technology. I got a space device touchscreen e-reader for Christmas. I asked for it so that I could read manuscripts without killing trees for my internship, but right now there are babies better at touch screens than me.
Save Money. Stick to my budget. Increase my biweekly deposit into my savings. Every time I resist the siren song of take out, “spend” the money it would have cost by putting it into savings.
Take risks. Yeah, I like having at least a day a week that I do nothing and talk to no one. I’m still happiest reading by myself, but its time to be bold. Go for every opportunity life presents. Drink, Celebrate life, Be merry. Continue reading
Posted in Books, Current Events, Writing
Tagged 2013, goals, Goodread, Lucky 13, New Year, New Year's Day, read, ReaderCon, Resolutions, SCBWI, Writing
My friend, fellow YA writer and book blogger Ellie, won a giveaway on Marissa Meyer’s blog recently and shared the bounty with me.
I had heard of the Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market before, but assumed I didn’t want a copy before I was ready to sell. I was so so wrong as it is great inspiration fodder. I read through much of it at the gym that night and poured over the lists. I can already tell it’s an invaluable resource, so I ordered my own hard copy, despite my vow to wait. I have very little discipline.
The book includes inspirational interviews with NYT bestselling authors on their process, ways to keep your submissions organized, and a comprehensive list of literary agents, editors, and magazines that except and repped and unrepped submissions. Great for freelancers. Continue reading
Posted in Books, Writing
Tagged Book rec, Children's literature, Directories, Hurricane, Illustration, Illustrator, Literary agent, publish, Rec, Survival Kit, Writer, Writer Resources, Writers Resources
A school librarian I know has two 8th grade girls looking for female protagonists akin to the kick-assery of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.
I asked my friends for YA recs with strong heroines. This is what I have so far.
Shrinking Violet – Danielle Joseph
Tokyo Heist – Diana Renn
The Good Braider – Terry Farish
Nowhere Girl – AJ Paquette
Bloody Jack – LA Meyer
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle – Avi
Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
Scarlet – AC Gaughen
Climbing the Stairs – Padma Venkatraman
Catherine called Birdy – Karen Cushman
Love in the Haight – Susan Carlton
Song of the Lioness – Tamora Pierce
Graceling Realm – Kristin Cashore
The Chaos Walking Trilogy – Patrick Ness
Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones
Posted in Books
Tagged AC Gaughen, books, Boston GLOW, Garth Nix, Gina Damico, Rec list, Recs, Sabriel, Scarlet, Strong Girls, Strong Women, Tamora Pierce, YA, Young Adult