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Last week in writing… late edition

So I got knocked out by a stomach bug last week, and the weekly roundup is late. You’ll forgive me though, won’t you? Let’s get to it.

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair was on this week, and many people turned out for the international event. Keynote addresses were on the topic of digital books in the hands of kids, including discussions of apps vs. ebooks.

At Bologna, the first Ragazzi Digital Award was given out to e-Toiles Editions for Dans Mon Reve (In My Dreams). So many publishers competed for the award that it’s clear, ebooks and apps are only going to get bigger and better.

Over at Cynthia Leitich Smith’s blog, there are plenty of interviews from Bologna participants. Enjoy.

Speaking of kids… this has nothing to do with publishing, but everything to do with the way kids learn, so I thought I’d share… Why Bilinguals are Smarter.

If you’re writing for teens, you might be interested in this article about how they communicate. Do you know how to use a smartphone? Because your character probably does.

Maybe it’s not the kids you can’t quite peg. Maybe it’s that unusual color. Merriam Webster has you covered with the top ten unusual colors.

Do you habitually underline sentences in everything you read? Then you have something in common with Jhumpa Lahiri, who says that opening sentences are like handshakes, or embraces. So true!

I’ve been planning to read the book MWF Seeking BFF. But now that I know it started as a blog, I’m even more intrigued. Here’s a post on the author’s advice for building your own blog.

There are so many books being made into movies this year. The New York Public Library has a list of them all.

IBBY announces the winners of the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award. Sheesh! More books to read!

Who doesn’t like a good writing competition? Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers announces a writing competition in conjunction with their 2012 conference. You have until April 20 to enter. Sharpen that prose!

And finally, author Brian Yansky wonders, do we need talent?

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The Mashup

It’s Monday! Time for publishing news…

For us social media folks, Livia Blackburne says that blogging is a waste of time. (Frankly, sometimes I wonder myself if I’m just spinning my wheels here). Agree or disagree?

If you tend to disagree, Jane Friedman has some ideas on how to build diversity into your online presence. This was one of those rare posts that actually had new information on this oft-written-about topic. Thank goodness for fresh ideas!

And while you’re on the big bad InterWeb, be careful about how you behave. This social media thing can wreak havoc on your career. That’s from fellow WordPress blog, Whispered Writings.

Back in the writing world, there’s the very awesome Terrible Minds who wants writers to be M…rf…ing Rock Stars. Hell yeah! I’m all for it. Sadly, I’m too polite. Do you want to try? I’ll be your groupie.

There are a bunch of essential Ted talks, and some other clips about why failure isn’t fatal and how it can be rather helpful, in fact. Each of these clips and interviews are extremely instructional, and the last one is J.K. Rowling’s now famous commencement speech. Which is worth the 20 minutes every time. If you don’t click through to anything else this week, this is the one to check out.

If you’re stuck coming up with a book title, or you think what you’ve come up with is immensely stupid, fear not. The folks over at Huffington Post have rounded up the 15 most ridiculous book titles for you. And they really, really are. I think you’re safe.

If you’re try to create a book trailer and want to see what a good one looks like, look no further. I have seen some crappy ones recently, so thank goodness for this lady. Whew. If you’re looking for one that’s for kids, then here you go. Of course, you’d need some animation  skills if you were planning to do something like this on your own.

Neil Gaiman gives you the best and simplest writing advice around. We all probably know all of these, but it’s nice to hear from a master, isn’t it?

And what should a non-fiction query letter look like? This.

If you’re still in the revision process, this kid lit revisions class might be for you. I’ve worked with these folks before, and I love them.

For you indie  writers, there’s an award  for you! Finally! Let’s please separate the wheat from the chaff. I’m really excited about this one.

And once you’re ready to upload your masterpiece, think twice about that 99c price point, will you? Though now that you’re offering that ebook, you can also offer to sign it for your fans who buy it on the Kindle.

And finally, after that ebook love, here’s another article about what ereaders can’t download. I guess the whole real book v. ebook thing isn’t going to go away after all.

Before you  run off, here’s a little fun for ya for the week… and yes, I did see Cowboys vs. Aliens this weekend, and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Happy  Monday everyone! Have a great week.


			

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