Welcome to our channel surf, 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…

6 Reasons I Stop Reading (And How to Avoid Them)Vintage television

by Anna Staniszewski, author of the My Very UnFairy Tale Life series

Anna pulled out an “oldie but a goodie post, in which she breaks it down – not only explaining what makes her bail on a story, but offering advice to writers on how to make sure it’s not your book she’s tossing aside.

The Great New York Adventure: Goodbye, and a New Beginning

by Claire LeGrand, author of The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls

Maybe it’s because like me, Claire is an NYC-transplant who grew up in suburban Texas, but I love her way-honest posts on living in New York. You know that one line from that one song that goes “if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere?” Yeah, that would be false.

13 Going on Now

by Lindsey Leavitt, author of Princess for Hire

Lindsey did something here I still don’t have the courage to do – she posted a photo of her 13-year old self that she loathed, explained why she loathed it, and explained why that self-image was so skewered. The last paragraph is the best. Also, 13-year old Lindsey is absolutely lovely.

Writing Advice

by Marissa Burt, author of Storybound

This extensive post offers invaluable advice on writing, revising, querying, preparing for “the call,” going on submission…yup, pretty much the whole kit and kaboodle.

Muzzle Your Inner Magician

by Michael Kinn

This post wins right off the bat for a reference to The Princess Bride! Michael puts together a great metaphor explaining what inside you might be holding you back when you think your book is done, but critics/agents/betas just don’t agree.

What’d we miss? Let us know in the comments!

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