Finding a Few Good Books (Oh! And Coloring Pages!)

If you’re writing for children or teens, I know you’re reading lots and lots of books written for children and teens, right? But sometimes, you want to take a little book vacation, so to speak. And I’ve got the perfect book for you!

My author friend, Amanda Lee/Gayle Trent, is on a blog tour right now with her latest release The Quick and the Thread. She stopped over at the Hall of Fame with this delightfully cozy embroidery mystery. And now I’m giving it away. So scoot over there-right now-and comment for a chance to win this fun read!

Back sew soon? (I’m sorry. I’ve been making really horrible puns like that since The Quick and the Thread showed up.) Anyway, I’ve got another book for you, one that you can sink your teeth into when you return from your reading vacation.

It’s Harold Underdown’s latest edition of The Complete Idiots’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books. I have an older edition of this swell book, but I’ve heard (via Twitter) that Harold’s added TONS of new and improved information. Southern Breezer, Tina Nichols Coury, interviewed him for her Publishing Tip of the Day here, where you can hear straight from the Harold’s mouth, a bit of fine information.

Oh! And the coloring pages! Elizabeth Dulemba offers coloring pages at her blog. They’re always fun and always free! Elizabeth also offers TONS of great information for illustrators, so if that’s your thing, you’ll want to follow her.

Now, as I have already read The Quick and the Thread, I should probably get back to work!

Finding a Giveaway

Okay, I know here at Finders & Keepers, we’re all about the children’s writing.  But every once in awhile, you come across a how-to book that’s a keeper for any kind of writing. And that’s why I’m mentioning The Power Of Memoir over at Cathy C.’s Hall of Fame. Linda Joy Meyers and her book are currently blog-touring, and I’m so glad they stopped at the Hall of Fame! I hope you’ll take a few minutes to stop by the Hall of Fame, too.

Because I know you’ll enjoy reading Linda Joy Meyers’ thoughts on Accidental Enlightenment. And because I think “accidental writing” can lead you to some wonderful places, whether you write for adults or children. So expand your horizons and maybe your library if you win the book! Be sure to comment for your chance. BUT, comment at the Hall of Fame, please, if you want to be entered in the drawing.

And while I’m mentioning blog tours, I’d like to add that next week (March 23, to be exact), here at Finders & Keepers, Bonnie Hearn Hill will be visiting with her YA Fantasy/Romance called Aries Rising. And you’ll have a chance to win this keeper, as well as hear Bonnie’s answers to Five Keeper Questions about YA writing. Oh, and here’s a little teaser: astrology.

So y’all come back, now, y’hear? (Um, my Southern roots accidentally popped in. There’s probably a story there.)

Tuesday Tips ‘N Things

Here’s  a Tip I love, which we’ll call the “Move Along, Little Doggie” Tip:

Let’s say that you are deep in the process of typity-typing away and you come to a spot where you want to write about that bodyof water with the funny-sounding name that always makes middle schoolers laugh. But you cannot for the life of you think of that name now. Rather than stopping to Google endlessly, hoping to stumble upon it whilst getting involved in the latest celebrity shenanigans, or calling a Lifeline, only to spend fifty minutes talking about the shenanigans you Googled, just insert ________ or ——– or even *******. Then keep typing away. That way, you’ll keep your writing mojo going. And when you review your writing the next day, you’ll see those little ******and wonder why you couldn’t think of Lake Titicaca.

Now, here’s the Thing: That terrific tip is courtesy of George Singleton (the marking your writing spot with the underline key and moving on, not the Lake Titicaca part of the tip. I mean, George is an acclaimed Southern story writer and novelist who would probably know Lake Titicaca).

Anyway, George’s most recent, scathingly brilliant book, is called Pep Talks, Warnings & Screeds. He’s tooling around blogdom this month, spreading his wit and wisdom, so that you, dear writer, can learn and grow. Tomorrow, his blog tour stops at yours truly’s other blog,  Cathy ‘s C.’s Hall of Fame, to give you a peek into the book.

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So,  pop over for his post at What Not to Do Wednesday, where I get the day off and George gets to share his scathingly witty writing tips, or pep talks, warnings or screeds. I’m kinda hoping for a screed, myself.