Posted by: anitanolan | February 28, 2015

Thoughts on MFA Program from Professor

This is a really interesting take on writing and writers from someone who had been an MFA Professor.

Things I Can Say about MFA Programs Now that I no Longer Teach in One

Posted by: anitanolan | February 18, 2015

The 8 Habits of Young Adult Fiction Writers

I came across this article in the Atlantic, and while the items mentioned aren’t exactly “habits”, it’s a good article none-the-less.

The 8 Habits of Young Adult Fiction Writers


Posted by: anitanolan | February 12, 2015

Writing Children’s Literature Workshop

I’ll be conducting a one-session Writing Children’s Literature Workshop at the New Hope Community School in New Hope, Pa., on Monday, April 27 7-9 PM.

More information.

Posted by: anitanolan | February 10, 2015

PNWA Literary Contest Deadline Approaching

The Pacific Northwest Writers Association Contest deadline is fast approaching.

Categories include:

  1. mainstream
  2. historical
  3. romance/women’s fiction
  4. mystery/thriller
  5. sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal
  6. young adult
  7. middle grade
  8. nonfiction/memoir
  9. poetry
  10. short story
  11. children’s picture/chapter book
  12. adult short topics (articles/essays/memoir)

Deadline is February 20th. Prizes include:


  • FIRST PLACE: $700
  • SECOND PLACE: $300
  • Winners are selected by an agent or editor attending our conference.
  • Winners will be announced at the PNWA summer conference.
  • Mingle with agents and editors during our 2015 summer conference.


For further information:

Posted by: anitanolan | February 10, 2015

Abrams Announces Editorial Promotions

From Publisher’s Lunch:

Abrams announced a number of recent promotions as well as a new hire. At Abrams Children’s and Amulet, Traci Todd joined recently as executive editor (she was senior editor, children’s publishing at VIZ Media). Jennifer Graham has been promoted to senior managing editor, while Erica Finkel moves up to associate editor.

Posted by: anitanolan | February 2, 2015

Buzz Books 2015: YA Spring

Read excerpts from 26 New YA books, for free.


Posted by: anitanolan | January 27, 2015

New Agent Alert!

Vicki Selvaggio has joined the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an Associate Agent.

From their website:

I am currently looking for lyrical picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction, new adult, mysteries, suspense, thrillers, paranormal, fantasy, narrative nonfiction, adult fiction but find I’m especially drawn to Middle Grade and Young Adult. I especially love thrillers and all elements of weird, creepy stuff. If it’s out of the box, and it will make me think and think, long after I’m done reading, send it to me! On the flip side, I yearn for books that make me laugh, cry and wonder about the world.

For more information, including how to submit:!vicki-selvaggio/c1qrp

Posted by: anitanolan | January 24, 2015

Emotion Amplifiers

If you’ve gotten any of the “thesaurus books” (Emotion Thesaurus or Negative or Positive Trait Thesaurus) by Angela Ackerman or Becca Puglisi, you know how helpful they can be.

Right now, you can get another project of theirs, EMOTION AMPLIFIERS, for FREE on Amazon.


From Amazon:

In Emotion Amplifiers, a companion guide to The Emotion Thesaurus, we explore 15 common states that naturally galvanize emotion. States like exhaustion, boredom, illness, pain, and extreme hunger can push characters to the limit, compromising their decision-making abilities and decreasing the likelihood of them reaching their goals. Emotion Amplifiers is a great tool for any writer wishing to tighten the screws on their characters and amp up the tension in their stories.

You can get it here.

Posted by: anitanolan | January 22, 2015

Egmont US to Close

Sadly, Egmont US is closing effective the end of the month.

From their website:

Egmont Publishing, which at $900 million is the largest division in the Denmark-based Egmont group, employing 2,400 people across 30 countries, has a new strategic focus, which is to invest in books and magazine businesses where Egmont can hold a leading market position. One of the outcomes has been the decision to exit the standalone position in the US market, which they entered in 2008.

The company put the division on the market in October.

Posted by: anitanolan | January 17, 2015

Stephen Brown Promoted at Knopf

From Publisher’s Lunch:

At Knopf Books for Young Readers, Stephen Brown has been promoted to assistant editor.

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