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I'm often asked what blog sites I like to read and there is never an easy answer. There's a lot out there, but I do try to keep an eye open for opportunities that might help us reach the end goal, may it be getting published, or finding an agent, or improving our writing. I try to visit these sites weekly.

Deareditor.com

Deborah Halverson, former editor extraordinaire gives good sound advice and often gives insight on the future of children's lit.

queryshark.blogspot.com and

http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/

Run by an agent that gives useful information to tune up your query. Queries are agony but a necessary evil if you want an agent. Read EVERYTHING in her blog before writing your query, She will save you hours of work.

I follow the Lerner Book blog because I have a soft spot for Minnesota anything. Lerner sometimes has open call for middle grade or young adult books. Keep an eye on this site.

https://lernerbooks.blog/

I've listened to Mary Kole speak many times and her book on writing Great Kid Lit sits worn and tattered on my bookshelf. Take a look at her blogsite.

kidlit.com

I also follow sites that offer twitter contest or opportunities to submit and get a critique. Take a look at the following.

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/

Brenda Drake started Pitch Wars and Pitch Mad eight years ago. A contest with an opportunity to get critiques from agents.

pitchwars.org

Kidlit 411 has a month by month list of ongoing contests.

http://www.kidlit411.com/2015/01/kidlit411-contest-awards.html

Don't forget the SCBWI WIP awards. Follow them at

https://www.scbwi.org/awards/grants/for-authors/

Good luck!