Okay, so it's clear that a number of you won't be attending SCBWI National. Or if you are, you're keeping it a secret from us. With that in mind, I'd like to talk about technology's greatest gift to the introvert so those of you left at home have something to console yourselves with: Networking while all alone, whether at home in your most comfortable jammies or in your own preferred version of blissful solitude.
Really, how cool is it that we live in an era when we have access to publisher, agent, editor information, right at our fingertips. Not to mention discussion boards, forums, and other places to "hang out" with fellow writers, all with never leaving our computer chair?
I realize I'm preaching to the choir, here. You all must be fairly computer savvy; you found our blog, after all. Even so, I thought we'd share some of our favorite online networking spots, where we get the inside scoop, without ever having to actually talk to someone!
Great speech on authenticity in writing by the editor who discovered Harry Potter
Great source of dramatic writing theory by Cheryl Klein an editor with Arthur Levine Books
Cheryl Klein’s Blog
Anonymous Children’s Editor Blog
These sites are full service sites talking about everything from craft to editors to agents.
The Purple Crayon http://www.underdown.org/
http://www.agentquery.com/Agent Kirsten Nelson’s blog – tons of great advice
Rachel Vater of Folio Literary Agency
Association of Authors’ Representatives,
Harper Perennial http://cruelestmonth.typepad.com/
Author’s Guild, www.authorsguild.org
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators SCBWI, www.scbwi.org
Novelists, Inc., www.ninc.org
Mystery Writers of America, www.mysterywriters.org
Romance Writers of America, www.rwanational.org
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, www.sfwa.org
The Author’s Guild www.authorsguild.org
Institute of Children’s Literature www.institutechildrenslit.com
Children’s Book Council www.cbcbooks.org/