Thursday, March 25, 2010

Friday Roundup—Texas Sweethearts Style

Happy Friday from The Texas Sweethearts!

The last day to enter a drawing for a critique from editor Madeline Smoot is this Sunday, March 28th. The winner will be announced on Monday, March 29th. All you have to do to enter is follow the blog and comment on the critique post. We're excited about all the entries and would love to see even more. So spread the word!

The last day to bid in the YA Book Central Auction for a three-sets-of-eyes critique from The Texas Sweethearts is March 30th. It's a great cause, and it's three sets of eyes looking at your pages and query!

A huge thank you to all who have commented on our Library Loving Blog Challenge! We're thrilled to be supporting THE READING TUB, and your comment makes a difference. For every comment, we are donating 25 cents to support kids and reading. So comment on the blog challenge post! It costs you nothing, and it helps!

In case you missed it this week, our Featured Sweethearts were Barbara Fisch and Sarah Shealy of Blue Slip Media. They had some great things to say, and we were honored to feature them!


On Thursday, Texas Sweethearts Jessica Lee Anderson and PJ Hoover visited the Juvenile Detention Center here in Williamson County. It was such an awesome experience to speak to this group of kids (who ranged from 10-18) about writing, story ideas, and our paths to putting words on the page.


For a wrap-up of PJ Hoover's visit to the Virginia Festival of the Book, you can visit her blog for pics of lots of cool authors and some rather skimpy meals.

PJ Hoover, Keri Mikulski, Stacy Nyikos, Suzanne Morgan Williams, and Barrie Summy


In the Featured Sweetheart Nomination category, we have:
  • Jennifer Hubbard, organizer of the awesome Library Loving Blog Challenge
  • Critter, who after his trip around the kidlit world is going to be auctioned off to charity

Please email us your nominations for featured sweethearts!


Press release from Bethany Hegedus, Co-Editor of Hunger Mountain

The 2010 Katherine Paterson Prize Deadlines and Judge Announced.

Bestselling author Holly Black will be the 2010 judge of the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing at Hunger Mountain: the VCFA Journal of the Arts.

The Katherine Paterson prize was launched last year to honor writers of young adult and children’s literature. Writers may enter young adult and middle grade writing and writing for young children. Entries may be short stories or novel excerpts.
There is a $20 entry fee, and the postmark deadline is June 30, 2010. There is a $1000 prize for the winning entry, and three runners-up receive $100. The winner and the runners-up are all published on Hunger Mountain online.
Complete guidelines may be found here.


TAKE A CHANCE ON ART: 2010 Disaster Relief Raffle

Big white mouse and little brown mouse are tending a garden of flowers on the May pages in Susan L. Roth’s charming board book for preschoolers, My Love for You All Year Round (Dial, 2004). The original artwork for this spread, donated by the artist for the 2010 Texas Library Disaster Relief Raffle, is a multi-layered collage of colored and textured papers rich in color, shading, and detail.

The raffle will be held on Friday, April 16, during the second general session of the TLA Annual Conference in San Antonio. Tickets are available online (mail by Monday, April 9)and will be sold onsite at the spring conference: $5 each or 5 for $20.

Take a chance on art and improve the chances that your library association can help Texas libraries recover from natural disasters.


The Texas Sweethearts are looking forward to participating in Operation Teen Book Drop. It's coming up April 15, 2010, and you can read all about it here. Why not think about participating yourself?


Here are all the places we'll be for the rest of March and April:

March 27, 2010 - PJ Hoover Teen Book Club Author Visit at the Cedar Park Public Library

April 9-11, 2010 - Jessica Lee Anderson at the Texas Mountain Trail Writers Annual Retreat

April 14-17, 2010 - Jo Whittemore, Jessica Lee Anderson, and PJ Hoover at Texas Library Association Conference (TLA) in San Antonio, TX

At TLA, we'll be having a reception at the Milkweed Editions book on Thursday, April 15th at 3:00 pm complete with CUPCAKES which make every event sweeter!


Have a great weekend!

*Note: If there is something you'd like us to include in our Friday roundup, please email us. We're happy to include news and information about the awesomeness of the kidlit world!


  1. Jennifer Hubbard would be a great Texas Sweetheart.
    That's great that you visited the Juvenile Center. It's so important to connect to those kids and hope it impacts on their lives in a positive manner.

  2. I'm excited about Jennifer! She is perfect!