In the Blogosphere: 12/14-12/18

“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.

This week, my hubs and I drove from Virginia to Georgia for his grad school graduation, so I didn’t get a look around the blogosphere as much as I usually do, but here are a few posts I came across earlier in the week.


This post from The Huffington Post (by J.S. McDougall) is aimed at publishers, but many of these Tweeting tips can also help writers maximize their Twitter experience.

Over at Uncreated Conscience, St. Martin’s Press’s own S. Jae-Jones talks about writers with a Web presence and the importance of balancing one’s personal and professional life when blogging, Tweeting, etc.

Here is some advice on computer file management from Writer’s Relief—a must for keeping track of your folders and files.

With regard to Facebook’s new privacy settings, this post from the Valleywag over at Gawker explains the new default privacy settings and gives tips on how to change them.


Going along with one of my picks last week in terms of incorporating more multicultural characters in juvenile lit, shoe-obsessed superagent Daphne Unfeasible turns to young adult author Maureen Johnson for help with regard to race and descriptions in “Ask Daphne” over at the KT Literary blog.

Writer’s Digest’s Brian A. Klems outlines the differences between children’s book, picture books, and young adult, including word count and all.

Since I linked to a post about pen names last week, here’s an article from Broadsheet’s Kate Harding over at in which she tells the story of a female author who’s found success writing under a male pseudonym. Apparently, women haven’t come as far as one might have thought.


The Bookshelf Muse’s Angela Ackerman starts a great little series on the Seven Deadly Sins of Novel Writing with #1—low stakes.

When it comes to editing, don't be lazy!