I could just point to my sidebar, where all of the author, agent and writing biz blogs I follow are listed. Or to my Twitter feed, where all of the authors and writing biz folks I follow are listed. Or I could just say my fellow YA Highwayers are all geniuses and leave it at that-- because seriously, they all have something interesting to say on their personal blogs, and if you're not following them, you should be.
But that would be cheap. So here are some of my favorites that fall between "folks everyone already knows about," "folks you already know I adore," or "people who rep the people I already adore."
BLOGS & WEBSITES
No idea who this is or where s/he works, but I literally LOL at least once a week-- especially this week, which is "heavy metal week."
I admit I haven't read her book yet, though it comes highly recommended. Her blog is a great mix of personal stories and professional advice. It feels like an intimate look at the life of someone who's "been there done that." Plus all her blog titles are song lyrics, but not in a hokey way.
Written by a contributor to Eclectica, Booklist and Bookslut, Colleen has been hitting the topic of whitewashing and race hard lately.
Really, you need no more explanation than her tagline: "The straight dope on publishing from publishing's most fearsome figure."
If you've never been to J.K. Rowling's site, go there immediately. It is SO COOL.
Melissa tweets interesting bits of research she's doing, and yesterday on AW, she posted an incredibly helpful breakdown of what the elusive 7-figure deal really looks like. No reason a wildly successful author needs to come into a public forum and explain something like other than the fact that she's just genuinely nice.
Along those lines-- I don't know firsthand if Maureen Johnson is genuinely nice, but she is genuinely funny. I bought one of her books based solely on the fact that her Twitter feed cracks me up on a daily basis. (I also bought books by Maggie Stiefvater and Bree Despain because they are so approachable and cool online.)
Fake AP Stylebook
Um... this is just freaking hilarious.
This girl is clued into every pop culture happening known to man, especially regarding YA. Saying more will negate the promise I made yesterday, so I'll just say... SPARKLE OUT.
AKA Inky Elbows. You could probably just follow Debbie and you'd see 75% of the good publishing info that comes through Twitter.
Editor at Egmont. She generally cracks me up.
Okay, I lied. Mandy reps one of my favorite people (one Miss Lee Bross). But she's an enthusiastic new agent who tweets helpful info like queries that do and don't work, and her current slush stats. It's fascinating to watch as my own chance to query approaches at a glacial pace.
Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic. We'd love for you to participate!