A week-long random round-up of cool links and miscellany: Katy Longshore

It's seems there's lots of random links, blogs and bits of good news from friends I've been longing to share lately. Too many for one blog post. So I made a week's worth. Enjoy!

FOR THURSDAY:
Here's a shout out for a friend of mine who I got to know in the Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program -- Katherine Longshore. Katy is just the sort of person you can't help but root for, and I'm thrilled beyond belief for her books to come. She writes historical fiction.

Here's her news from Publisher's weekly: "Katy Longshore's GILT, the story of teenage Queen, Catherine Howard, told in a vibrant and contemporary voice, the first in a series of novels set in the court of Henry V111, to Kendra Levin at Viking Children's, at auction, in a three-book deal, for publication in Fall 2012, by Catherine Drayton at Inkwell Management (NA)."

And on that note -- so many friends and acquaintances from that program have been busting a move lately. If I haven't mentioned it before, I'll mention it now. That program is an amazing opportunity;  consider applying next year if you are serious about writing or illustrating for children, especially if you've been at it awhile and you're ready to step things up a notch.