Our local writer's group met last week and talked about new releases for the fall, from picture books to young adult. Katrina Pollitt, children's department outreach coordinator for the Normal Public Library offered a stellar presentation. She brought stacks of books, summarizing each one and noting the trends she's seeing in books for fall 2013. While it's easy to spot popular themes in young adult by the covers, it's not as obvious in picture books and middle grade. After a good two hours, we were an enlightened bunch!
And two other recent posts which spoke to me:
I loved this post by Donald Maass last week at Writer Unboxed. While he reflects on his personal journey mid-life, he offers some questions you should be asking of your protagonist while you write his or her story.
Since I sometimes struggle to sum up my latest project in the most eloquent way possible, Rachel Gardner's post on How to Pitch was on my radar yesterday.