Posted by: Nancy Keim Comley | August 18, 2011

Top Picks Thursday 8-18-2011


In one of the best posts I’ve read all week, Kathryn Craft writes about healing through writing.

In the realm of Graphic Novels, Kate Coombs has a fantastic review of PAGE BY PAIGE by Laura Lee Gulledge.

In a fun post Lisa Gail Green on getting to the core of the character. Carrie Vaughn writes about finding your voice. (If you haven’t seen CAPTAIN AMERICA, this post is full of spoilers but if you HAVE seen the movie, you’re going to want to read this!)

Ever have a quote and want to make sure you know where it comes from? Quote Investigator can help you! A great article on world building from Nova Ren Suma: Magical Realism in YA: Writing the Familiar with a Fantastical Twist. For those doing research INSIGHT is the new Queen’s College Oxford Library Newsletter.

We all know that the first pages of any novel are the most critical. Over at YA Fantasy Guide Stacey ONeale asks the question “How Do I Begin My Novel?” Stacy also interviews some of today’s NYT bestselling YA Fantasy authors. August includes Michelle Zink, Kelley Armstrong, and Lilith Saintcrow.

Agent Mary Kole (with Andrea Brown Literary) runs, and today she analyzes the first lines of picture books, MG and YA to show why they work.

Pacing advice from  literary agent Donald Maass that shouldn’t be ignored.


In a classic post John Scalzi suggests how Publisher’s Marketplace really should list their deals.

At Bookshelves of Doom Rick Yancy speaks candidly about the Monstrumology situation.

Jane Friedman tells us how to know if you’ll be a successful writer.

No matter where you are in your writing career, you should read Holly Lisle on how writers create money from nothing.

And last but not least, The Hub examines the zombie craze.


  1. Hey guys, thanks so much for including me in your “best of” round-up! I’m glad you enjoyed my Healing Through Writing post, “You’ve Got to Play to Win.” That title is so true of writing to publish as well, isn’t it? Back to my submissions…


  2. Thanks for the shout out about the pacing article I did with Donald Maass! Glad you enjoyed it.


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