Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What Are Your Favorite Blogs?

I set up this SCBWI blog in May and since then I've been meaning to put up some recommended blog lists but for some reason I keep putting it off. There are just so many good industry blogs to choose from, and the task of creating the lists is a tad on the tedious side. It's kind of like cleaning out my closet. It's not awesome while I'm doing it, but I'm always very happy with the results when it's finished.

Whenever I decide I need my closet cleaned out, I ask someone to come over to keep me company, offer moral support, and give me some you'll-never-fit-into-that-again tough love. Once I get a helper on board, it's smooth sailing, and usually turns out to be fun.

So, dear readers, will you be my blog lists helpers? I've certainly got my own list of favorites, but I'd like to know what blogs you visit regularly.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE BLOG? Here are some categories to consider:
  • author blog
  • editor blog
  • agent blog
  • publisher blog
  • group blog
Leave me a comment or send me an email (alicepope@scbwi.org). My recommended blog lists will appear over there (----->) in mid-August.

24 comments:

Becky Levine said...

I like Jane Freidman's THERE ARE NO RULES: http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/

and Robin LaFevers' as well:
http://rllafevers.blogspot.com/

Livia said...

I like the INTERN. internspills.blogspot.com

Also Nathan Bransford
blog.nathanbransford.com

and The Book Deal
www.alanrinzler.com/blog

Query shark
queryshark.blogspot.com

I also find Jane Friedman's google buzz feed to have lots of really interesting articles.

Sundberg Studio said...

Agent Blog - Mary Kole's Kidlit blog: www.kidlit.com

Alice said...

There are all great suggestions. This is going to be fun!

Jay Asher said...

Ms. Bird
http://blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/afuse8production

Mr. Wind
http://www.leewind.org/

And I second Ms. Kole
http://kidlit.com/

Cari said...

author blog - Maggie Stiefvater

publisher blog:
onourmindsatscholastic.blogspot.com

http://supernaturalsummer.com/ - Harper Teen

Larry Dane Brimner said...

My favorite: Joan Broerman's Book Log.

Toby Speed said...

I read more than 100 blogs, but one that deserves special mention is Jama Rattigan's Alphabet Soup - extremely creative, entertaining, and hospitable! http://jamarattigan.livejournal.com/

Ev said...

I also like I Fry Mine in Butter, a pop culture commentary blog with 11 writers contributing, including myself. And we do write about the business of writing/finding agents, etc., from time to time.
http://ifrymineinbutter.com

I'm also a fan of agent Colleen Lindsay's blog, here: http://theswivet.blogspot.com/

nomadshan said...

Author Kristin Cashore

Author Cynthia Leitich Smith

Author Mike Jung

Author Beth Revis

Author Shaun Hutchinson

Editor/Author Victoria Mixon

KellieD said...

My #1 blog is ABLA agent, Mary Kole's www.kidlit.com for market analysis and writing guidance.

After that, I love. . .
From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors www.fromthemixedupfiles.com

The amazing in-depth interviews at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/

Through the Tollbooth
http://community.livejournal.com/thru_the_booth/

Sherrie Lorance said...

My favorite blog is FICTION NOTES by writing teacher and author Darcy Pattison. Darcy updates her blog regularly with practical tips and perspective on the writing life. (I always look forward to hearing Darcy teach at SCBWI events, too!)

http://www.darcypattison.com/

Jenn (From the Mixed-Up Files) said...

Oh, there are so many great blogs out there. And I keep discovering new ones every day (like a few listed above that are new to me). Here are a few that immediately come to mind:

Author blog: Laini Taylor http://growwings.blogspot.com/

Editor blog: Cheryl Klein http://chavelaque.blogspot.com/

Agent blog: Upstart Crow Literary http://upstartcrowliterary.com/blog/

Librarian blog: Fuse #8, Betsy Bird: http://blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/afuse8production

Alice said...

You guys are fantastic for sharing these. I've learned about some new ones. If only I had all day to read blogs and post on blogs. :)

Kim Baccellia said...

There's so many great ones out there!

Favorite agent one: Mary Kole's Kidlit blog: www.kidlit.com

Favorite author: Cynthia Leitich Smith

Another great agent one is Jennifer Laughran's blog.

Dana Elmendorf said...

I just adore the sister duo (authors) from Shooting Stars http://suzettesaxton.blogspot.com/

Suzette Saxton and Bethany Wiggins are practical, fun, goodhearted and honestly out there to spread their knowledge.

CocoaStomp said...

I might die if Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast stopped.
http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/

Betsy's posts are so lovely I would like to print them out and sew them up as pjs to sleep in.
http://blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/afuse8production

Cheryl's blog I reference all the time.
http://chavelaque.blogspot.com/

Dan's awesome about posting work-in-progress things or how-to-dance videos.
http://dantat.typepad.com/

The Greenwillow Blog and the MacKids blog are both great.
http://greenwillowblog.com/
http://mackids.squarespace.com/

And Abrams/Amulet AD Chad Beckerman
http://cwdesigner.blogspot.com/

Plus, this is really important for EVERYONE in children's publishing
http://www.candyblog.net/blog/

Donna Gambale said...

My critique group compiled a similar list of recommended blogs, separated by category:
http://www.firstnovelsclub.com/p/epic-list-of-recommended-blogs.html

What we didn't include were established authors, since there were wayyy too many to narrow down, but we did highlight debut/aspiring author blogs. Hope this helps!

Shelley Mira Souza said...

I like:

The Scribechat Review @ http://scribechat.com

Lia Keyes @ http://www.LiaKeyes.com/

Meg Rosoff @ http://www.megrosoff.co.uk/blog/

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Alice.. my personal favourite author blog is Lia Keyes' blog The Scribbler
http://www.liakeyes.com/

favourite agent blog is Mary Kole
www.kidlit.com

liquidambar said...

Here are some good ones for author marketing/promotion:

Shrinking Violet Promotions:
http://shrinkingvioletpromotions.blogspot.com/

Market My Words:
http://www.faeriality.blogspot.com/

My agent has a great blog:
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/

And one of my favorite author blogs is Writing and Ruminating:
http://kellyrfineman.livejournal.com/

Elizabeth O. Dulemba said...

What about illustrators! Gotta include illustrators!
For instance I love http://www.inkygirl.com/ by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. Or children's illustration, http://picturebookillustration.blogspot.com/ , by Julie Fortenberry.
:)
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Elizabeth O. Dulemba
http://dulemba.blogspot.com/
(featuring Coloring Page Tuesdays)

Kate Coombs said...

I like Charlotte's Library for keeping me posted on what's new in MG/YA fantasy and for the Sunday MG fantasy roundups: http://charlotteslibrary.blogspot.com/

Author Katherine Langrish of Seven Miles of Steel Thistle has thought-provoking posts about fantasy: http://steelthistles.blogspot.com/

And author Shannon Hale's blog is lively as well as timely at Squeetus: http://oinks.squeetus.com/

Most of my other favorites have already been mentioned!

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