“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 tons of links saved, dating all the way back to the summer (oh noes!)—but they are all still worth a look. I’ll catch up eventually, right?
Here, author and D4EO literary agent Mandy Hubbard gives some spillage on some holes in the market as well as subgenres all editors want (hint: middle grade!).
Writer’s Relief talks lit agents—and how to find the best one for you.
Other than announcing he’s leaving the agenting world (!), Nathan Bransford has more bad news: the rejection letter of the future will be silence.
Here, FinePrint Literary’s Suzie Townsend chats about the waiting game.
We all know it’s important to build platform, but do unpubbed writers need to blog? Andrea Brown agent Mary Kole of Kidlit.com weighs in.
Over on her blog, YA author Michelle Hodkin gives an ironic example of what your first pages should look like.* (Hint: if this is what your first pages actually look like, get that delete button ready!) *She also gives links to fabulous resources for fixing up those first pages.
Thinking of planning a trilogy? Please don’t get started until you read this post by YA author (and my pal—hee!) Jodi Meadows.
Over at the Guide to Literary Agents blog, Chuck Sambuchino shares five screenwriting tips [from Neil Landau and Matt Frederick‘s 101 Things I Learned in Film School] *all* writers can use.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
Ever wonder what full-time writers do all day? Over at Writing it Out, Across the Universe author Beth Revis live-blogged a day in her busy writer life.
While we’re living vicariously through others, middle-grade author Stephanie Blake shares how she got plucked from the slush pile over at Adventures in Children’s Publishing.
As you know, I’m a huge enthusiast of writers’ conferences. Well, so is the University of Cincinnati and Writer’s Digest’s Jane Friedman. Here, she talks about the benefits of attending these functions.
Having trouble formatting your synopsis? Here’s a checklist of the essentials, from WD.
Going along with that, Write Anything’s Annie Evett talks about the importance of building a writer portfolio—how to, what to include, etc.
Worried you’ll lose your blog content? Guest blogger Peta Jenneth Andersen explains how, over at Guide to Literary Agents blog.
Over at Self Editing Blog, author John Robert Marlow talks about jumping the gun.
You may be participating in this writing marathon, but you can still be healthy about it. Write Anything’s Annie Evett tells us how.
Here, YA author of awesome Maureen Johnson answers a slew of NaNo questions.
Here are some NaNo DOs and DON’Ts, courtesy of TerribleMinds.
And over at Write Anything, Andrea Allison offers some Web site aids to help you stick with it.
MORE COOL STUFF
I heart Meg Cabot. Here’s an interview L.A. Times’s Carolyn Kellogg of Jacket Copy did with the author extraordinaire this summer.
Um, coolest thing ever? Make your Twitter feed into a daily newspaper!