“In the Blogosphere” is a series, which lists links to writing-related blogs I’ve stumbled upon throughout a given week (usually).
I’m admittedly behind with my Blogosphere posts—I have about 50 links saved, dating all the way back to June (oh noes!)—but they are all still worth a look. I’ll catch up eventually, right?
Agents are inundated with stuff pretty much year-round, which means a lot of their time is dedicated to clearing out their inboxes and whittling down the slush pile alone! So, when they give advice on how to get their attention, it’s best to listen up.
Here, Barbara Poelle of Irene Goodman Literary Agency offers six tips on things you can do to make September rock—and, surprisingly, they’re not “revise” or “don’t contact me”—she says you shouldn’t be afraid to use a little shame.
Here, Getting Past the Gatekeeper says it’s basically a no-no to revise and resubmit a manuscript to an agent (meaning, you’ve revised it since they requested pages and you’d like them to look at the new pages instead)—but it *can* be done well.
Here, Editorial Anonymous answers the question of whether or not children’s books should take into account entertaining the adults who will be reading them to their kids.
Here, Tahereh makes me feel a lot better about being almost 29 and always going straight to the YA/teen section of the bookstore. Solidarity!
BEDAZZLE YOUR MSS
I have been telling people this for *ages*, but everyone (especially my [former] students!) always thinks I’m nuts. Or it’s like, “Yeah, yeah—you’re right,” and then you just know they didn’t do it. Maybe you’ll listen to Heather Trese over at See Heather Write? It’s really a MUST in terms of revision.
Here, Lydia Kang of The Word is My Oyster talks about and gives examples of character sheets—great tools to make your characters frawesome! <—word stolen from Elana Johnson, and I feel like I can’t use it without giving her a shoutout! Is there such thing as plagiarism when it comes to Internet slang? She says “fabu,” I’ve noticed, but I have said “faboo” for years . . . (yes, I know hers makes more sense, but I can’t go back NOW!) . . . so I feel like that one’s fair game.
But I digress.
Let's bedazzle the crap out of something!
Over at Fuel Your Writing, Suzannah Freeman outlines the five mistakes you make when writing a blog post. So, stop it!
Here, Shiver and Linger author Maggie Stiefvater gives you a dose of reality in terms of the publishing industry—and she does it using a ham sandwich.
Here, Kevin Purdy of Lifehacker talks about what caffeine actually does to your brain. I’m choosing to ignore it. Right now, actually!
I found out about this site by reading this post by Jeff Hirsch over at the League of Extraordinary Writers, where he calls it “The Greatest and Most Horrible Website Ever.” I mean, how can you not click on something when it’s billed like that, right?
Hirsch is referring to this site, TV Tropes, which lists—in crazy number and detail—just about every trope* (narrative, character, etc.) out there . . . and it breaks them down by categories, genres, etc. It’s just nuts. There really isn’t an original thought to be had anymore! Beware: The site is totally addicting!
Over on her blog, Kristen Lamb coughs up the single best way for authors to become a brand**—and it may be easier than you think.
And Jane Friedman discusses how to manage multiple (online) identities: avoid.
It can get complicated. Just ask Lana, Lois, and Chloe.
September is so back-to-school/let’s get down to business, and a lot of folks are talking about butt-in-chair-and-write time.
Here, Jody Hedlund talks about what to do when your writing routine is disrupted.
This is what I do.
Across the Universe author Beth Revis and my pal, The New Soul Trilogy author, Jodi Meadows—along with Authoress Anonymous (and probably some others) have been “word racing” on Twitter to get the words written. Here are two great posts Revis did about their little project—what they’re doing and how it’s going.
We’ve got our own little GET WORDS WRITTEN thing going on over at The Write-Brained Network, and that’s WordWatchers. It’s a little like NaNoWriMo, but you can tailor it to what fits in your schedule. Details here.
Come play with us!
*Ahem—What is a “trope”? In this sense, it’s a common or overused theme or device.
**Kyle, this is for you.