Welcome to our new series, where we highlight our favorite writing, publishing, and/or book-related posts of the week by middle grade authors! Hit the pause button for a sec and check this out…

Book Surfing

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Creating a Picture Book With a Friend

by Kate Hosford, author of Infinity and Me

Over on Cynsations, Kate Hosford has a guest post on collaborating on a picture book with her incredibly talented illustrator friend Gabi Swiatkowska. Click over to check it out – Infinity and Me looks gorgeous.

How Do You Start Writing?

by Jennifer Duddy Gill

A dozen Mixed-Up Files authors contributed to Jennifer’s round-up post that explores the different methods and motivations involved in starting a novel. Do you start with plot or character? Or maybe just an emotion, or a historical event?

How Did You Discover Books This Year?

by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I’m Bored 

Library browsing, Twitter, Goodreads…Debbie polled 239 readers to find out how they find out about books and published the results in this nifty chart. The most popular way? Spoiler alert: it has nothing to do with the interwebz.

Reading as Study: Growing as a Writer

by Caroline Starr Rose, author of May B.

Why have I not been keeping a commonplace book? Seriously – brilliant. And Caroline’s post over on Project Mayhem on using said commonplace book as a collector of snippets, quotes, metaphors, and similes from other stories makes me want to start one even more.

Author Visits: How to Make Sure You and Your Students Get the Most Out of the Experience

by Jillian Terry

In this guest post on Janice Hardy’s blog, Jillian breaks the school visit down step by step, starting with figuring out which authors your students would be most interested in meeting, and ending with how to maximize the experience by keeping it fresh in your students’ minds long after the visit is over.

Read any other great kid lit posts in the blogosphere this week? Share a link in the comments, and we’ll tweet up a storm!