“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.
I’ve heard of being a query spammer (addressing an e-query to every agent in the country), but this is ridiculous. Notorious query spammer Oscar Whitfield ruins it for all of us—but his 7,000 rejections should make one feel better about one’s fraction of that many rejections.
Agent Jennifer Jackson of Donald Maass Literary Agency tallies her queries, and guess what: over half of the queries she receives do not follow the submission guidelines close enough to be considered.
Tsk, tsk, tsk . . . I’m not sure what’s worse, Oscar Whitfield’s query bombs or some of the things Lowenstein Associates, Inc.’s Kathleen Ortiz says authors are guilty of when it comes to their query etiquette—or their lack thereof.
Listy listy. The good people over at Guardian.co.uk have compiled lists of writing tips from several writers—including the likes of the inimitable Neil Gaiman and Margaret Atwood—in the spirit of Elmore Leonard‘s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction .
Although she said Janet Reid wrote it, middle-grade and young adult sci-fi writer Blee Bonn put my guest blog about the FinePrint Literary agent’s query tips at the top of her “Awesome Advice (for Writers)” post. Yay!
In this Writer’s Digest oldie-but-goodie post, find out what agents hate (as relayed by Guide to Literary Agents editor Chuck Sambuchino).
On his Web site, CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers Michael Hyatt discusses the importance of defending your “brand” in the digital age.
UP FOR DISCUSSION
In case you missed my announcement earlier in the week, I did a little guest blogging about leetspeak (“text message lingo”) and the ramifications of its increased acceptance in young adult lit over at Australian author Steph Bowe‘s blog this week. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Are you a workaholic? Over at zenhabits, guest blogger Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist talks about the importance of resting.
Need something to distract you? Check out Letterblox over at OMGPOP.
Over at Inky Fresh Press, Kate announces a call for submissions as well as a contest at Narrative, an online publisher and nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the literary arts in the digital age.
As well, Writer’s Digest is hosting their 79th annual writing contest with a chance to win $3,000 and a trip to New York City.
SHEDDING SOME LIGHT
Been getting lots of rejections without much feeback? Here, D4EO literary agent Mandy Hubbard offers some reasons she passes on fulls.
If you’re looking for some “inside” information, the people over at BubbleCow divulge 7 secrets publisher don’t want writers to know.
Have you ever wondered how book covers come to be? On Orbit, Laura Panepinto posted a YouTube video on that very subject.
Think you’re a diva? Not sure? The Waxman Literary Agency offers three questions to ask yourself in order to find out.
THINGS THAT MAKE ME SLIGHTLY SICK
I know Wicked was The Wizard of Oz seen in a new way—and I love it (well, the musical). However, if they remake it á là Tim Burton, as per this Los Angeles Times article, I may actually vomit.
First The Hills‘s Lauren Conrad and now Hilary Duff? *tear*
Apparently, certain words and phrases—like “seek” and “flee”—are too sophisticated for people to use outside of print. Well, that’s what Robert Feder says the higher-ups at WGN believe, anyway.
I loves me some Coco. And, according to USA Today, O’Brien has changed the life of the one, random Twitter follower he’s chosen.
I loves me some Cleveland Cavaliers, as well. And, according to Cleveland.com, Eastlake, Ohio, resident Jerry Tomko and a radio essay contest are responsible for the team’s name. (I’m so proud, having grown up five minutes from Eastlake!)
I’m so excited! Jodi Meadows and I are going to YA author Maggie Stiefvater‘s book signing in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday. Will you be there?