“In the Blogosphere” is a weekly series, which lists links to writing-related blogs I’ve stumbled upon throughout a given week. Most posts will be from that week, but if I find some “oldies but goodies,” I’ll throw those up here as well.
I never find as much time to read blogs as I want, but here are a few posts that struck me this week.
LIVING VICARIOUSLY THROUGH OTHERS
This week has been a positive one, in terms of getting some nibbles and bites on my manuscript. I’m trying very hard to curb my excitement, however, as I know the road to publication is actually more like a jacked-up staircase.
In the interest of keeping positive, let’s live vicariously through three up-and-coming young adult authors:
- Jodi Meadows. Although this happened a few weeks ago, I only found out this week: my new pal, who has been up and down her jacked-up staircase for the past 7 years, signed with Lauren MacLeod of The Strothman Agency (whom Jodi refers to as “agent of awesome”).
- Sarah Wylie. If this post doesn’t warm your heart, you’re dead inside. Wylie, repped by FinePrint Literary‘s Suzie Townsend, announced her debut novel, All These Lives, was just sold at auction and will be out in 2012.
- Steph Bowe. This 16-year-old Aussie is repped by Curtis Brown Ltd.’s Ginger Clark, and her debut novel (working title: These Bones) will be published this September in Australia and New Zealand (Text Publishing) and the summer of 2011 in the U.S. (Egmont USA). She’s also a part of The YA 5, a blog dedicated to changing the way young adult literature is discussed.
**Just a reminder: My guest blog on “leetspeak/text message lingo” in YA will appear on Bowe’s blog Monday, so don’t forget to check it out!
Thursday was National Grammar Day, and in the spirit of nitpicking, Curtis Brown Ltd.’s Nathan Bransford blogged about your spelling/grammar pet peeves.
Nerdfighter master and New York Times bestseller John Green adds to the grammar hilarity with this pic.
As well, one of my new favorites, YA author extraordinaire Maureen Johnson critiqued a query letter on the blog of superagent Daphne Unfeasible (her agent Kate Schafer Testerman of kt literary‘s alter ego).
SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
At coffee with Jodi the other day, I brought up the subject of author advances. Being that I didn’t know much about what to expect—I thought the average book deal was wayyyyy less than it actually is—Jodi put me in touch with this post by fantasy author Jim C. Hines. I learned a lot!
Are you one of those Facebookers who changes your status every time something upsets you? You might want to think twice about that after reading this post by Andrea Brown Literary Agency‘s Mary Kole over at Kidlit.com.
Sometimes, dying dramatically or mysteriously is part of the job description when you sign up to be a writer. The folks over at Schmoop.com take a peek at the fascinating deaths of nine famous writers.
STUFF THAT’S PROBABLY GOOD FOR YOU
Not that I can do this, but I can appreciate the idea behind it. Author and webmaster of A Life Less Anxious: Freedom from Panic Attacks and Social Anxiety Without Drugs or Therapy Steve Pavilanis gives some tips on how to function without caffeine.