Posted by: anitanolan | July 23, 2014

22 Lessons on How to be a Great Writer from Stephen King

From Business Insider:

Renowned author Stephen King writes stories that captivate millions of people around the world and earn him an estimated $US17 million a year.

In his memoir, “On Writing,” King shares valuable insights into how to be a better writer. And he doesn’t sugarcoat it. He writes, “I can’t lie and say there are no bad writers. Sorry, but there are lots of bad writers.”

Don’t want to be one of them? Here are 22 great pieces of advice from King’s book on how to be an amazing writer:

Read the rest here:

Posted by: anitanolan | July 22, 2014

Jenna Pocius Moves to Little Bee Books

From Publisher’s Lunch:

Jenna Pocius has joined little bee books as associate editor. She was previously assistant editor at Bloomsbury Publishing.

Here’s an article about little bee (a new US imprint of the UK’s Bonnier Publishing.)

Congratulations, Jenna!

Posted by: anitanolan | July 21, 2014

Online Writing Workshops

Vonna Carter has an extensive list of online writing workshops on her blog.

Worth a look!


Posted by: anitanolan | July 19, 2014

Dear Lucky Agent Contest for Middle Grade

Here’s a contest for Middle Grade Writers.

16th Dear Luck Agent Contest

From Guide to Literary Agent Blog:


E-mail entries to Please paste everything. No attachments.


The first 150-200 words of your unpublished, completed book-length work of middle grade fiction. You must include a contact e-mail address with your entry and use your real name. Also, submit the title of the work and a logline (one-sentence description of the work) with each entry.

Please note: To be eligible to submit, you must mention this contest twice through any any social-media. Please provide a social-media link or Twitter handle or screenshot or blog post URL, etc., with your official e-mailed entry so the judge and I can verify eligibility. Some previous entrants could not be considered because they skipped this step! Simply spread the word twice through any means and give us a way to verify you did; a tinyURL for this link/contest for you to easily use is An easy way to notify me of your sharing is to include my Twitter handle @chucksambuchino at the end of your mention(s) if using Twitter. If we’re friends on FB, tag me in the mention. And if you are going to solely use Twitter as your 2 times, please wait 1 day between mentions to spread out the notices, rather than simply tweeting twice back to back. Thanks. (Please note that simply tweeting me does not count. You have to include the contest URL with your mention; that’s the point.)

The contest is live through EOD, Wednesday, July 30, 2014.


Middle grade fiction. The agent judge did not choose to exclude any subgenre, so everything is fair game.


Top 3 winners all get: 1) A critique of the first 10 double-spaced pages of your work, by your agent judge. 2) A free one-year subscription to ($50 value)!


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Peter Knapp joined the Park Literary Group in July 2011, where he represents authors of middle grade and young adult fiction. His recent sales include a contemporary YA to Scholastic, a contemporary MG to Penguin, and a YA fantasy series to Entangled. He does not represent picture books or nonfiction. Prior to joining Park Literary, he was the story editor at Floren Shieh Productions, where he consulted on book-to-film adaptations for Los Angeles-based film and TV entities. He graduated from New York University with a B.A. in art history.




Posted by: anitanolan | July 18, 2014

Kelli Chipponeri Promoted at Chronicle

From Publishers Lunch:

At Chronicle Books, Kelli Chipponeri has been promoted to editorial director, children’s.


Posted by: anitanolan | July 16, 2014

Congratulations to Lisa Yoskowitz

Lisa Yoskowitz will join Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as executive editor.

From Publisher’s Lunch:

Lisa Yoskowitz will join Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as executive editor on July 21. Previously she was senior editor at Disney-Hyperion.

Congratulations Lisa!

Posted by: anitanolan | July 14, 2014

Reminder: Darcy Pattison Retreat

There are still a few spaces for the Darcy Pattison Retreat that takes place August 22-24, with optional one-day workshops on either end.

The retreats are being organized by Anne Broyles. From her website, (scroll down a bit for info and registration links)


Anne is organizing three writing retreats at the Rolling Ridge Conference and Retreat Center in North Andover, MA with mentor teacher, DARCY PATTISON, author of ten children’s books (and five more due out in 2014). She is also known for her numerous books on the craft of writing. In 1999, Darcy created the Novel Revision Retreat, which she teaches nationwide. Her work has been translated into 8 languages.


Darcy is offering three retreat experiences at the Rolling Ridge Conference and Retreat Center in North Andover August 22-25, 2014. You can register for any or all of the three experiences (info below). Some writers may want to come for one event, but might enjoy dedicated writing time at the center on their own with the option of free time with other writers.


Please note that each retreat experience has its own requirements (see individual brochures).


Why not treat yourself while you’re at the beautiful Rolling Ridge? Come a day early or stay a day longer. Write. Sit on a bench by the lake. Go out on Lake Cochechewick in a kayak or canoe. Walk one of the labyrinths. Enjoy a personal spa day (massage, reflexology and reiki available). More info on the center at


BROCHURES for the three Darcy Pattison retreats in August 2014:


BUILD AN AUTHOR WEBSITE: Friday, August 22, 2014, 9 AM-3 PM


NOVEL REVISION RETREAT: Friday, August 22, 3 PM-Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1 PM


PICTURE BOOK WORKSHOP: Monday, August 25, 2014, 9 AM-3 PM




Posted by: anitanolan | July 3, 2014

New Agent Whitley Abell

Whitley Abell, who joined Inklings Agency in 2013, is now seeking clients.

From the Guide to Literary Agents blog:

About Whitley: Whitley Abell joined Inklings Literary Agency in 2013. Before joining Inklings, she completed successful internships with Carol Mann Agency and P.S. Literary Agency. She is based in St. Louis, MO, where she daylights as a production manager for several medical and S & T journals. She graduated in 2011 BA in English and Creative Writing, and again in 2012 with a MAT in Secondary English Education, which basically means she can tell you anything there is to know about feminist literary theory and the Common Core Standards.

She is seeking: Whitley is primarily interested in Young Adult, Middle Grade, and select Upmarket Women’s fiction. She likes characters who are relatable yet flawed, hooks that offer new points of view and exciting adventures, vibrant settings that become active characters in their own right, and a story that sticks with the reader long after turning the last page, be it contemporary or historical, realistic or supernatural, tragic or quirky.

She loves mythology and literary re-imaginings, heartbreaking contemporary novels, historical suspense, and craving cute romantic comedies for YA through adult (ex: Sophie Kinsella, Lauren Morrill, Stephanie Perkins).

She is not interested in vampires, werewolves, angels, zombies, dystopian societies, steampunk, or epic fantasy. Please no paranormal / fantasy for adults.

Inklings Literary

Posted by: anitanolan | June 27, 2014

New Agent at L. Perkins Agency

From Publisher’s Lunch:


Leon Husock joins L. Perkins Agency as an associate agent specializing in speculative fiction, as well as young adult and middle grade novels. He was an associate agent at Anderson Literary Management. Rachel Brooks will be joining the agency as a junior agent handling romance, young adult and new adult fiction and select picture books.


Info on the agency website:

Posted by: anitanolan | June 25, 2014

Anna Olswanger Forms Her Own Agency

From Publisher’s Lunch:

After nine years at Liza Dawson Associates, Anna Olswanger has formed her own agency, Olswanger Literary.

Her website:

Per her note (below), Anna is focusing on picture books (author-illustrators only), middle grade fiction, and adult nonfiction. A list of the books she’s represented is at

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