Kitty Keswick posted a New Year's pep talk for writers on her blog. In reply, Swati Avasthi posted an amazing quotation from Martha Graham. This is part of it: "You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware ... Keep the channel open." But I urge you to follow the link and read the whole thing.
In news for librarians:
To celebrate the end of our debut year, The Tenners will be holding a special giveaway just for librarians. One public or school library will be selected to receive a set of 55 books by 2010 MG and YA debut authors. All you have to do is capture one of our books in the wild.*
Take a photo of yourself, another librarian, a patron, or even an adorable library pet posing with one of our 2010 debut novels. Send it to us at email@example.com from your institutional email address. Tell us your name, your library's name and mailing address, and who's in the picture. The contest will be open until February 15th and the lucky winning library will be chosen and announced on February 16th. Until then, we'll be periodically posting your pictures.
*No purchase necessary, so posing with a photo or artistic interpretation of a book's cover is just fine too.
The full list of book prizes, which includes The Secret Year and 54 other YA and MG books, is on the Tenners site.