Thursday, December 31, 2009

Year in Short

And what a year it's been! The decade's coming to a close and there have been changes, not just in the publishing world, but in the entire world.

This was a big year for a lot of people. Congratulations to Hannah whose book, Break, was released this year and another big congratulations to Kody whose book will be released sometime next year! Also congrats to all the twifties and everyone who made the next step in the journey to publication this year and got an agent!

The publishing world was hit hard this year and it's plain to see everywhere. In the last week I have visited two bookstores that were having their store closing sales. E-books are making a rise everywhere, forcing publishers to consider their method of publishing as they rush to take control of the changing market.

But while the market is also struggling, we had some awesome books this year. Catching Fire for one. Yes, that will always be ranked number one on my list of favorite books released this year. There were also some record setting movies in Half-Blood Prince (my personal fave), New Moon (which I still haven't seen), and Avatar (which I would love to see, but will probably have to wait for the DVD).

I know I haven't been blogging all this year, but I'd like to go back and take a look at some of the blogging highlights of the year.

Here's a post from BookEnds covering international writers querying in the US and outside of the US book settings.

MSFV has a post on over-shopped query letters.

Rachelle Gardner talked about getting ahead of yourself.

I HAD to share this post again. It's Nathan's interview with S.E. Hinton, author of The Outsiders.

Nathan created a writing advice database of all his awesome posts and a revision checklist. I should probably check out that checklist again...

BookEnds has a dictionary of publishing terms.

BookEnds reveals the truth about genre.

Writer Unboxed's tricks for writing when you don't feel like it. Now I just need tricks for editing when I don't feel like it...

Rachelle Gardner reveals the myths and facts of publishing.

Writer Unboxed talked about passive and active writing.

Natalie Whipple has a post on beating revision fatigue. I'm so bookmarking this one.

Nathan announced the winner of his first paragraph contest and has his thoughts on first paragraphs and discussed showing vs telling.

Our own Kody has her post on the seven deadly sins of querying on YA Highway.

So Happy New Year everyone and may 2010 be the start of a new -- and better -- decade for everyone!


Amna said...

*bookmark this page*