Monday, December 29, 2008

8 Great Blogs of 2008!

I know I announced I'd be taking a blogging pause until 2009, but I'm breaking the hiatus, because my blogging buddy, kc dyer, has kindly invited me to be a guest on her blog. She's rounding up fellow bloggers to post their Lists of 8 for 2008. As a relatively new (and keen!) blogger, I thought I'd post my list of 8 Great Blogs that I've enjoyed over the past year. In no particular order, they are:

1. Alice's CWIM Blog
Alice Pope is the editor of the wonderfully informative Children's Writers and Illustrators Market, published annually.

2. Children's Book Biz News
Anastasia Suen is the talented author of 110 books, and the writer of a series of blogs. This one gives you up-to-date info on US editors, agents and books.

3. Miss Snark, the Literary Agent
Although this blog has gone "dark", you can read the archives which are full of funny and interesting anecdotes about submissions to a "snarky" literary agent and her amusing replies.

4. Fuse #8
Elizabeth Bird, Children and Youth Librarian at the New York Public Library, writes this blog on the School Library Journal site. It's full of timely info about new books and also has a long blog roll with links to numerous authors, editors and publishers.

5. Editorial Anonymous
This is the blog of an anonymous children's book editor, with entertaining anecdotes about the slush pile.

6. The Rejecter
"I don't hate you; I hate your query letter." is the tagline to this clever blog, written by an assistant to a literary agent.

7. INK: Interesting Nonfiction for Kids
Here, American authors take turns blogging about issues related to writing quality nonfiction books for kids.

This is the inspired and inspiring blog of my local writer's association: Children's Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia. My blogging mentors can be found here: kc dyer, Kirsti Wakelin, Tanya Kyi and James McCann, to name a few. I also follow the blogs of talented local authors, Shelley Hrdlitschka, Jacqueline Pearce and Fiona Bayrock, all hard-working members of CWILL BC. Check the Cwill BC website to find links for them.

Warm thanks to kc dyer for inviting me to guest post on her blog!

Happy New Year, everyone!

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