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But first, as I mentioned last week my friend and colleague Christine Pride, who has edited 7 NY Times bestsellers, is offering some private consultations this month. Check it out.
And in April I will be venturing to the lovely state of Wisconsin for the UW-Madison Writers’ Institute! I'll be giving some talks and workshops and would love to see you there if you can make it.
Now then. Links!
Big congrats to Kate DiCamillo, who won the 2014 Newbery Award for Flora and Ulysses, to Brian Floca, who won the Caldecott for Locomotive, to Marcus Sedgwick, who won the Printz for Midwinterblood, and to Markus Zusak, who received the Margaret A. Edwards Award.
Amazon released its list of the bestselling books of 2013, with Inferno by Dan Brown taking the top spot.
Sarah McCarry, aka The Rejectionist, has kicked off the first few entries in her series on writing and depression/mental illness, and it's off to a seriously terrific start. Here are the posts featuring Mairead Case, s.e. smith, Red Mills and Christine Hou.
Author Amanda Hocking had a really great an honest post about hitting a rough spot and not really being sure how much to share online or not.
Ann Morgan decided to read one book from every country in the world. Such a cool project. She shared her favorites with The Atlantic.
What makes for better writing - getting more words on the page or working slowly and getting things right the first time? Here's a vote for quantity. I'm not sure I agree. (via Jennifer Hubbard)
And what's the difference between middle grade and YA? Agent Janet Reid describes some of the differences.
The past few weeks in the forums: Title tips, book marketing as a marathon, and query critiques!
And finally, The Beatles' famous impromptu rooftop concert, which ended up being their last, happened 45 years ago. Amazing:
Have a great weekend!