In case you haven't yet been introduced, I wanted to direct your attention to a great new kid lit blog called EMU's Debuts. They are eight authors represented by the Erin Murphy Literary Agency who each have a book debuting in 2011, 2012, or 2013. Their blog is "an exploration of the winding path that lies between the book deal and the debut". There are dozens of online resources that offer advice on or chronicle the journey to the book deal, but not as much comes to mind as far as resources that chronicle and advise on what comes after the book deal. And that's what the Emu's Debuts plan to do. One thing I especially like is their format. On Mondays one author posts on a topic of their choice about their publishing journey, and on Wednesday a second author posts their take on the topic. This gives the blog the feel of an ongoing conversation that you can either eavesdrop or chime in on, and the sense of community among these agentmates is evident and fun to follow.
Here's a link to the first of two posts where every author shares their story about receiving "The Call". I'm partial to my friend Jeannie Mobley's story because I lived part of her journey with her. I've long had a soft spot for her upcoming novel Magic Carp and when I got the news that it sold to Margaret K. McElderry Books I don't think I could have been happier than if it happened for myself. Each author has a great story about getting "The Call" and it's fascinating to read how varied the experiences were. Show EMU's Debuts some love and check them out!