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Kids CYA Conference in Queensland

1 day ago by soupblog.

The CYA conference is the Children and Young Adult Writers and Illustrators Conference. It’s actually a conference for adults interested in children’s and young adults books and writing them. But now there’s something for kids, too.

The CYA conference will include a kids’ conference, called Hatchlings, aimed at children 8 – 18 years old, who are interested in writing and illustrating, or who want to meet the authors/illustrators at the conference.

There will also be book launches by Paul Collins, Jo Thompson and Aleeseah Darlison and dads are welcome to come for Fathers Day Tea!

Venue: QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove. Building Z2, Level 3.

Ages: 8 -18

When: 5 September 2010

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Job Moves: June 29, 2010
By Publishers Weekly Staff
Jun 29, 2010


Hachette Digital has announced three promotions and two new hires, and Penguin Group has announced a new head of its worldwide digital strategy.

After almost five years at Hachette, Neil DeYoung has been promoted to executive director of Hachette Digital. DeYoung has overseen the growth and management of Hachette’s e-book accounts, led its enriched e-book pilot program, and served as project manager for Hachette Book Group’s Web site re-launch. Liz Kessler has been hired for the newly created position of digital managing editor, reporting to DeYoung. Kessler will oversee Hachette’s Enriched Content Program and will be a liaison between editorial and IT.

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Guest Blog: Bryan Russell on the Architecture of RevisionPosted: 28 Jun 2010 07:58 AM PDT

I’m busy trying not to melt in the New York City heat this week, and Bryan Rusell/Ink was kind enough to step in with this terrific post on revision. Bryan is Sheriff of the Forums, and blogs at The Alchemy of Writing. Enjoy!

A story is a house. We use words for bricks and wood, sentences to build and frame. Rhythm gives us a roof, diction a style. Plot gives us shape and form. We hammer and nail and build. We get drywall dust in our hair, blisters on our fingers.

And yet even when we’re done… we’re not done. We finish a house, maybe we even live in it awhile. But there always comes a time for revision.

We paint over poor choices and design flaws, whitewash those plotholes. We spruce it up. Drapes, a good color scheme. A nice polish on the hardwood floor. Clean windows. Who doesn’t like a good view?

Jill Corcoran Books‏
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Nine Publishing Pros Offer an Inside Look at the World of Children’s Publishing‏
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For creative types, the publishing business can seem confusing at best, bewildering at worst. What writers and illustrators really need is an experienced guide to take them by the hand and walk them through the publishing maze. A Crash Course in the Business of Children’s Publishing, developed by the Highlights Foundation, will do just that! During this weekend workshop, nine publishing professionals with dozens of years of experience will share their insider knowledge about the worlds of children’s books and magazines.

Workshop leader Clay Winters is president of Boyds Mills Press and has been in publishing for more than forty years. Before coming to Boyds Mills Press, he was president of Putnam/Grosset Books for Young Readers, the children’s book group of G.P. Putnam & Sons. Clay’s guest faculty will include Boyds Mills Press editorial director, Larry Rosler, and senior editor Kim T. Griswell; Highlights editors Joëlle Dujardin and Debra Hess; Highlights and Boyds Mills Press copy editor, Joan P. Hyman; Boyds Mills Press art director, Tim Gillner; and Margaret Mosomillo, Manager, Pre-media and Print Production for Highlights and Boyds Mills Press.

Faculty members will answer such questions as “How do I choose a publisher?”, “What happens when I submit my manuscript?”, “Do I need an agent?”, “What is the author’s role in book promotion?”, and “How do changes in the publishing industry affect me as an author or illustrator?”

If you’re ready to get the inside-scoop on children’s publishing, join us October 15-17, 2010, for A Crash Course in the Business of Children’s Publishing. Contact Jo Lloyd at 570-253-1192 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              570-253-1192      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or e-mail

Highlights Foundation Founders Workshops take place near Honesdale, Pennsylvania. You’ll stay in your own cozy cabin, surrounded by 1,300 wooded acres and hiking trails. Workshop fee includes individual cabins; all meals (provided by a top-notch chef); airport pickup service, if needed; and an intimate teaching setting in the living room of the Founders of Highlights for Children.

Please feel free to share this e-mail with others who might have an interest.

Kathryn Apel

Kat is one of two talented ladies (Karen Collum is the other) that co-host the fun-filled and interesting #pblitchat on Twitter every Sunday night here in the USA and Monday in the land of Oz, better known to us in the USA as Australia.

One of the blogs I read on a regular basis just featured Kat. Here is a link to Kat’s “Lights Out article. To read the rest of what Kat said about her reading when the lights were out,  go to

To visit Kat’s website go to

Lights Out!” (Kathryn Apel)

18 hours ago by soupblog. — 2 comments

Kathryn Apel is the author of Fencing With Fear and This is the Mud. She’s here today to help us celebrate the launch of the Undercover Readers Club by sharing the books that she liked to read after ‘lights out’ when she was a child. Welcome, Kat!

"Fencing with fear cover""This is the mud (cover)"

What did I read after lights out when I was growing up

Darcy Pattison

Http:// is the url for Darcy’s website so you can subscribe to her newsletter. What better way to learn than to learn from someone who is a talented writer.

Mentor Texts: Novels to Learn From: FICTION NOTES‏
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Mentor Texts: Novels to Learn From

I’m finally — after two major life events, a grandchild and my daughter’s wedding — ready to start a new novel. I’ve found two mentor texts that I’m hoping will show me something about how to proceed.

Novels to Imitate and Learn From

Educators often use mentor texts when teaching writing to kids. The idea is to choose texts that in some way model the type of writing you want as a result. This means you need a good vision for the end result, or the mentor texts you choose won’t help.

For my new novel, I know that I”ll have quite a few characters and that the POV will probably change often; each section might be quite short; that I might be playing with 3rd person and omniscient POVs. I’ve been looking around and found two that are interesting in this respect.
The first is the 1979 Newbery book, The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. It features over a dozen characters; it moves in and out of omniscient and 3rd; it has very short sections. Interestingly, Kathi Appelt’s Newbery Honor book, The Underneath, also features multiple characters and she uses short chapters, changing POV often.

Permission and Hope. From these texts, first, I have permission to break the rule of only one main character, one main POV. That’s important. It can be done and done well. Which also gives me hope!

Direction to Start. I’m looking to these two texts as a direction for my first efforts. That does NOT mean I intend to write with a Raskin/Appelt voice. I expect to produce something quite different. Still, this is a place to start.

Reference and Teaching. I hope to learn how to move from POV to POV and keep the pacing fast, interest high, and reader involvement at the maximum. I think it will be helpful to refer to these mentor texts as I write the first draft; but I think it will be even more helpful as I work on revision later.

So, this week, I’m hoping to make a start, write a couple exploratory pieces, outline, work on character sketches. It’s a start.


I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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I love the children's movies Wizard of Oz and the Neverending Story. Both movies make me feel the lesson that hope is alive and well. After seeing UP this past week, it just might have a chance at being added to this list.

I love the cool colors of blues and purples.Those colors are peaceful for me.

I love The Velveteen Rabbit. Even as an adult, I still feel the urge to cry when he becomes real. I know, silly, but a good book can make me laugh and cry as it takes me on a magical journey.

Authors and Illustrators:

Authors, Author/Illustrator, Illustrators that I know and/or Like.


C= Children

MG= Mid Grade

T= Teen

YA= Young Adult

A= Adult


Bonnie Adamson *

Kathi Appelt *

Tedd Arnold


Natalie Babbit

Molly Bang

Bonnie Becker

Jan and Stan Berenstain

Judy Blume

Tracey M. Cox

Linda Crotta Brennan *

Jan Brett

Janie Bynum *

Eric Carle

Pam Calvert

Nancy Carlson

Beverly Cleary

Kevin Scott Collier

Sharon Creech

Doreen Cronnin

Tomie dePaulo

Kate DiCamillo

Kathleen Duey *

Dotti Enderle

Jan Fields *

Denise Fleming

Mem Fox

Kelley Milner Hall

Amy Heist

Kevin Henkes

Ellen Jackson *

Jeff Kinney

Jackie French Koller

Ursula K. LeGuin

Leo Lionni

Lois Lowry

Mercer Mayer

Robert Munsch

Laura Numeroff

Linda Sue Parks

Dav Pilkey

Patricia Polacco

Peggy Rathmann

Bethany Roberts

David Shannon

Aaron Shepard

Donna J. Shepherd *

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Jerry Spinelli

Diane Stanley

Chris Van Allsburg

Rick Walton *

Lisa Wheeler

Mo Willems

Karma Wilson *

Audrey Woods

Jane Yolen *

Favorite Websites:

Favorite Blogs:

• ShelfTalker: A Children’s Bookseller’s Blog
• Alice’s CWIM Blog
• A Fuse #8 Production
• Cynsations
• Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent
• Editorial Anonymous
• Miss Snark’s First Victim
• Writing for children and teens

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