July 2nd, 2009

The tabs on my browser have flowed over to a second row, so it’s time for another tab-closing session of Linkapalooza! First up: First, the School Library Journal ran one librarian’s “Open Letter to Kids’ Book Publishers.” Then, editor Andrew Karre wrote a rebuttal to her point about the length of books being published. I […]

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June 29th, 2009

Thanks to Anna, for reminding me I promised to give another free copy of Vacations From Hell to a random commenter on my post about blurbs. The random winner (thanks to is Sonia! Sonia, please email me at with your mailing address, and I’ll get a copy of Vacations From Hell off to […]

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Talking About Talking About Books

June 23rd, 2009

A conversation starter today, if you don’t mind. I was thinking about blurbs, and how eager we as agents and editors are to get the right people to blurb our books, and I posed the question on Twitter: As readers, how much weight do you put on blurbs? Will you pick up an unknown author […]

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Another winner!

June 9th, 2009

It was a close race, but Jamie’s hole-in-the-swimsuit story beat out Leslie Ann’s “hookers” by a narrow margin of one vote. Jamie, email me your address, and I’ll send you a copy of Vacations From Hell, featuring a new short story by Maureen Johnson. Maureen is actually reading and signing tonight in NYC at the […]

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A *cough, cough* Contest!

June 5th, 2009

Grr. Every time I try to put a cute little picture on a post lately, it crashes my browser. I’m sure that’s EXACTLY the reason why I didn’t blog yesterday! Sigh. But I am feeling a little better, as you may have heard from Twitter. I only have a cold, not Swine Flu. Or any […]

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