In the Blogosphere: 12/28-1/1

“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.


With the start of the new year, it’s time for many to finally get organized and get their careers on track.  In this post, the folks over at Writer’s Relief Blog explain the benefits of having your own Web site.

As well, Read Write Web’s Jolie O’Dell lists eight Web/technological things you should do to prepare for a safe and clutter-free 2010.


The Query Shark herself, Janet Reid of FinePrint Literary, took notes on the outcomes of the 124 full manuscripts she requested from summer ’09 through the end of the year, and she provides her statistics here.

Being that I am about to begin the query process within the next two or three weeks, I thought I’d list another post of Reid’s, which outlines 15 things you need to know/do before querying a literary agent.

Curtis Brown Ltd. agent Nathan Bransford reposted some “oldie but goodie” posts, including one reminding you to always be professional and on your best behavior and one giving advice on writing in first-person.

WordServe Literary agent Rachelle Gardner details how you can win some books from her personal collection in a poetry contest, which ends Jan. 4—so get cracking!

This tongue-in-cheek post at Writer’s Relief advises writers how to get their work noticed—by breaking all the rules.


Here, Mike Shatzkin of The Idea Logical Blog makes some 2010 publishing predictions.


The folks over at JibJab have done it again, with a roundup of 2009 that, they admit, barely scratches the surface in terms of the year’s craziness.

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