Just cruising by with a few random notes on a Thursday. Did you see the final tally for the Guys Lit Wire book fair this year? Over 700 books were sent to the needy school library at Ballou Sr. High School in Washington, D.C. And GLW is planning to do another push for books at Ballou in the future, just to make sure they have all the titles they need--go read about it here and check out the final list of who sent what.
Are you going to KidLitCon this year? I definitely am. They're taking calls for proposals NOW, so if you have an awesome idea for a panel or presentation, you have until July 15th to get it turned in. Hope to see you in Seattle on September 16-17! Last year's Kidlitcon in Minneapolis was a smash, and this year promises to be amazing, too. I have it on good authority that there are awesome things in the works...but I've been sworn to secrecy.
Here at FW, and in our associated writing group, we often lament the fact that there aren't more markets for YA short fiction. Well, here's another one for you, and they're Desperately Seeking Submissions for Issue #2. Go check out Verbal Pyrotechnics, which not only has a cool name but also has a very nice PDF layout--check out Issue #1 here. I submitted an excerpt of a longer story that I am convinced must find a home somewhere because I love it so much. Could just be me, though.