I just have to share some of this stuff. (So you don't have to actually *write* anything. You can just scour the internet reading stuff about writing.)
Random House has a writing contest for Middle Grade and Young Adult books. The prize of $1500 and a publishing contract isn't too shabby. You still have over a month until the deadline, too.
If you've been living in a cave and haven't heard about the Walmart, Amazon, Target, Sears, and who knows who else price war, here you go. And here's Michael Hyatt's excellent rundown of implications of the whole mess, along with what publishers can maybe do about it.
Here are 10 bits of advice to aspiring authors from Jaye Wells.
In keeping with 10, here are 10 Ways to Write Every Day.
In celebration of upcoming NaNo, here's a post on Girl Meets Word about NaNo and Character Development with a whole slew of good links.
Shack's Sunday Wash-Up, where he's posted tons more links for you to follow
What Do Teens Want? (to read, that is)
And this last link has nothing whatsoever to do with books, publishing, or writing, but frankly it annoys the snot out of me. Some credit card companies will start charging a fee for those who pay off their credit card every month. Yep, you read that right. A fee for staying OUT of debt. Grrrrr....