October 8th, 2008 • Kate

My open tabs are getting a little out of hand, so let’s clean them up with a bit of tab-closer, shall we?
The Class of 2k8 has an interview up with Ellen Booraem, author of The Unnameables, with a great hint on how to plow through writer’s block. Speaking of which, any writers out there know of other great group blogs for soon-to-be-published authors?
kt literary client Susan Sandmore has another great post up on her blog about Newbery winners. (Click here for the full list.) As a child, do you remember reading any of them? Were there ones that stood out as fun and enjoyable, as well as distinguished and worthy? I actually just recommended 1983 Honor book The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley to a young reader just the other day, and I still love 1979 Medal winner The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, which is brilliant AND fun.
Then, Children’s Book Insider has a post up about book trailers, which feels a bit behind the times (again) to me, but was worth a mention. What trailers for books have you seen and liked? Or, not necessarily the same thing, what book trailers have you seen that made you want to run out and get the book? The video for Brad Meltzer‘s The Book of Lies is one, even though I didn’t love his previous title, The Book of Fate. And Alyson Noel‘s been doing book trailers for her titles for a while now — check out the trailer for Fly Me To The Moon, published in December 2006.
Ok, my toolbar looks much better. What pages do you have up and open, or have shared with other readers lately?

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7 Responses to “Tab-closer”

  1. E.C. Myers Says:

    Here's a community for some 2009 authors:

  2. Trish Says:

    I'm part of group blog of writers who will be published in 2010. We're called The Tenners (not to be confused with opera singers, although I suspect this talented group could do that, too).

  3. beth Says:

    Whenever I have too many tabs open, I tend to post a "Linkspam" on my blog. My most recent one is this:
    I linked to an article on copyediting, one on a girl who named her baby after Twilight characters, the French winner of the Nobel prize, and a very VERY cool library. I keep Linkspam short, sweet, random, and funny–and my blog readers have told me it is one of their favorite features!

  4. Sarah Laurenson Says:

    Book Roast
    It's a great blog for authors to promote a book, new or otherwise. And it's a lot of fun, too.

  5. Sheila Says:

    I love the newly released video The Indigo King-
    If you go to you can search for whatever genre you like.

  6. L.C. McCabe Says:

    The most recent book trailer I loved was C.W. Gortner's The Last Queen. I had never heard of Juana la Loca before, but now I want to read about her. The trailer is embedded in his homepage.

  7. jeanoram Says:

    The funniest book trailer ever:
    Bobbie Faye's Very (Very, Very) Bad Day. It's like a movie. It sent me immediately to my local library to try and get my hands on the book. I absolutely loved it!
    As a kid, I pretty much avoided the award winners as they were usually so obviously written by an adult. (Plus their covers tended to be really blech. And it has, sadly, always been about the cover art for me.) However, I believe 'Sweetgrass' may have been a Newberry and I liked that one.