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1. Cynsational News & Giveaways

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Read the first two chapters of The Princess of Iowa by M. Molly Backes (Candlewick, 2012) online for free.

Tips and Tools for the Agent Hunt from Donna Bowman Bratton. Includes information on researching agents, where to find them, and how to field "the call."

Character Connection by Stina Lindenblatt from QueryTracker.netBlog. Peek: "One of the most common reasons for rejecting a manuscript is when the agent or editor can’t connect with the main character."

TOC Bologna: Digital Kids' Publishers Try to Chart the Growth Ahead by John A. Sellers from Publishers Weekly. Peek: "The questions were many, and the answers...perhaps fewer. Integrity of e-products, especially those intended for children, was a recurring theme...as was the array of digital options available to publishers, each with their advantages and disadvantages in terms of development costs, pricing, competition, and more." Source: Joy Preble.

Independent Booksellers Nimbly Stay Afloat by Cynthia Morris from Writer Unboxed. Peek: "Not even the most savvy webinar can compete with the buzz of a live event. There’s nothing like rubbing elbows with other bibliophiles."

How to Submit a Package Wherein Illustrations are Kit-and-Caboodle with the Text by Deborah Halverson from DearEditor.com. Peek: "... in your case, the project is all-or-nothing, so here’s how to do it right."

Manuscript Blindness by Brian Yansky from Brian's Blog: Diary of a Writer. Peek: "How can you cut them or even radically change them? They're yours. It would be betrayal."

First Nation Communities Read 2012-2013 Nominees Announced from Helen Kubiw at CanLit for Little Canadians. Peek: "Initiated in 2003, the First Nation Communities Read program has as its mandate the promotion of family literacy, intergenerational storytelling, and intergenerational information sharing, of te

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