Thankful Thursday

Oasis for YA knows that the surest way to get good things in life is to be thankful for what you have.  So why not encourage a group thankful-fest once a week in which we all send out good energy and hope to get some back in return? Plus, participating in Thankful Thursday is a great way to connect with other writers.

Here are the rules:
1.  Do your own blog post on what you’re thankful for today.  It doesn’t have to be book or publishing related (but it can be!).
2.  Be sure to grab our badge and include it in your post.
3.  Post a link to your blog in the comments here so that others can find you.
4.  Go forth and share your gratitude!  (And when friending new blogs, be sure to let them know you found them because of their participation in the meme.)

Today I’m thankful for Literary Rambles, a forum focusing on all things children’s literature, hosted by Casey McCormick. Now, if you’re reading my blog, you’ve most like heard of Casey’s, but if you haven’t you’re SO missing out! Trust me, I speak from experience.

Last year I queried a manuscript. I “researched,” but I did it the hard way, and frankly, I probably didn’t do as good a job as I could have. There’s information about pretty much every agent out there, but it’s scrambled and sometimes dated and often hard to find. Agent research can be intimidating.

Good news! Casey has taken much of the difficulty out of the process with her Spotlights–in-depth profiles on dozens of the top agents representing kidlit. She shares information on what they’re looking for, their editorial style, query pet peeves, client lists, sales records, submission guidelines, and web presence. She also includes thoughts on an agent’s buzz, as well as links to interviews they’ve done. Truly, it’s just about one-stop shopping for anyone about to dive into the query trenches. And if that’s not enough, Casey’s also done helpful posts on blog topics, royalty statements, beta reading, character arcs and more.

As I prepared to contact literary agents about the book I’m currently querying, I spent HOURS combing Literary Rambles for information, clicking interview links, and perusing comments other readers left about particular agents. And because of this, I was able to select agents who I truly believe are a good fit for me, and my query letters are personalized and thoughtful.

Casey’s blog is organized, well-written and comprehensive. I can’t get over how selflessly she’s given of her time in an effort to help other writers.  So this Thursday, I’m thankful for Casey McCormick and Literary Rambles.

What are you thankful for today?


9 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday

  1. katharine says:

    I really need to get on this– I love this idea. Reminding ourselves what we’re grateful for is so key.
    I’m putting it on my to-do list! will try to join in next week.

    • katyupperman says:

      Oh, good! Glad you’re going to join in, Kat. I enjoy taking a minute from the craziness of writing/querying/parenting to reflect on what I’m thankful for.

  2. Susan Fields says:

    Hi there, I’m visiting from Oasis for YA to check out your Thankful Thursday post.
    I’ve heard of Literary Rambles, but haven’t checked it out yet. I’m just beginning the query process, so this is perfect timing! I’m on my way over there immediately – thanks so much for the good information!

  3. Casey McCormick says:

    Oh my gosh. Thank you, Katy! This is such a lovely post. I’m so happy to hear Lit Rambles has helped you research and prepare to query. Yay!

    Please e-mail me if you have any questions and definitely when you get an agent! Good luck!

    • katyupperman says:

      I’m so glad you stopped by, Casey! Thank you again for all your work on Literary Rambles. It’s such a valuable resource for writers. I’ll definitly shoot you an email if I end up with good news to share. 🙂

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