“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.
Over at Incurable Disease of Writing, guest blogger, bestselling author, award-winning screenwriter and educator Ami Hendrickson offers a three-step approach to editing.
Here are two great posts, brought to you by Naomi Dunford of Itty Biz: Marketing for Businesses without Marketing Departments. The first discusses the difference between being hungry and starving and is a must-read for all writers. The second talks about the dreaded “elevator pitch” and suggests you boil yours down to seven words, like the people passing out prostitution pamphlets in Las Vegas.
As well, the good folks at Lyrical Press, Inc. give six strategies to overcome what they call “author fatigue” (when writers lose their way, about 50 pages into their manuscripts).
I recently found a group blog, Old People Writing for Teens (OPWFT), and it’s one of my new favorite places to visit. Particularly if you’re in the querying stage, you’ll want to check out these three posts, which should help you feel better about any of your own submission slip-ups:
- In the first one, the OPWFT team share their individual query faux pas
- In the second, Debra Driza compares the craziest query stories of Lowenstein Associates agent Kathleen Ortiz and FinePrint Literary‘s Suzie Townsend
- In the third, Bradford Agency founder Laura Bradford, the Strothman Agency‘s Lauren MacLeod and Andrea Brown Lit‘s Jennifer Laughran weigh in on their most cringe-worthy queries
Are you neurotic? Rejections and scathing critiques have you down? Curtis Brown, Ltd., literary agent Nathan Bransford says feeling like you’re the worst writer (evaaaar!) might not be a bad thing.
In case you were wondering, it’s okay to suck. Over on her blog, up-and-coming young adult author Myra McEntire asks you to listen to bestselling juvenile lit authors Meg Cabot and Maureen Johnson when it comes to writing—not her.
Since I just realized I forgot to include the link in last week’s blogosphere post, here’s the link to the contest over at Getting Past the Gatekeeper that requires a love of Jane Austen as well as skill at writing queries. You’ve got until April 5 to write a query as if you wrote, and are pitching, Pride and Prejudice for a chance to win some great Austen-related prizes!
Are you covering up a crazy past? Over at bestselling middle-grade and young adult author Lauren Myracle’s blog, Jo Whittemore wants to know the craziest legal thing you’ve ever done to get something you wanted. Two lucky winners will receive signed copies of Whittemore’s new book, Front Page Face-Off.
And, if you’re a glutton for punishment—which, if you’re a writer, you definitely are—try your hand at Script Frenzy‘s screenwriting contest. Akin to NaNoWriMo‘s novel-in-a-month contest, participants will write a 100-page screenplay in the month of April. This contest isn’t about the prize; it’s about the challenge!
Get out the rubber gloves; it’s time to declutter your Facebook friends and Twitter followers. The Gawker‘s Brian Moylan suggests eight annoying FB and Twitter types to cut loose.