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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Wow, has it been a ripe few days for awesome links! Which is good because as soon as I'm done sharing these, I'm off to make my readergirlz video blog, which I am feeling pretty good about, thanks to all of you and your awesome questions!

Okay, links:

Nice post about positivity--and how to stay positive -- lots of really great advice, like this: "don't get upset with yourself for getting upset. This is something I post about often. Look, rejection sucks. That's all there is to it. But you don't want to add to the sucky-ness of the moment by being angry at yourself for feeling bad. Feel what you feel. Let it pass through you. Then you can move on. Don't waste energy on feeling that you shouldn't be feeling a certain way."

Agent Kristin Nelson has also posted an annotated query letter -- I really like it when agents do this because it lets you see successful query letters AND here why they worked for that agent.

Agent Jessica Faust answers reader questions and blog about not worrying about the small stuff and

Agent Rachelle Gardner on why authors need agents -- and on the flip side, author Dean Wesley Smith offers up some thoughts on agents, focusing on market knowledge--I highly recommend reading Dean's five tips for what you should do to keep up with the market even if you have an agent.

Some time management tips for writers

Renowned editor Emma Dryden on revisions

Pimp My Novel on embargoed titles, or the books that you see in boxes in bookstores that are often stacked up behind the counter and say the book's title and then something along the lines of--DO NOT OPEN UNTIL X DATE.

Also, Pimp My Novel on getting an MFA in writing

Justine Musk on problems outlining, word quotas, and the like might cause She's also got a truly interesting post up about working with your subconscious when you write--check out "how to work with your subconscious to write a book that ‘hangs together’ (so an agent won’t reject it)"

Great--and very thoughtful and thought-provoking--guest blog by Moonrat, aka Editorial Ass, on the future of publishing over at What Women Write

Agent Janet Reid has a great little chart up about what you need to have before you query


Blogger Little Willow said...

Can't wait to see the video!

YAY, postivity! :)

January 19, 2010 2:02 PM  
Blogger GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

I like the link on "why authors need agents." I'll never forget the day a very snooty patron came up the reference desk at the library asking me for publisher info. She claimed she'd written a book but American's were too stupid to understand it and she was now trying to get it published overseas. I explained that the publishers she was looking at did not accept unsolicited manuscripts-it clearly said on the site! She told me she had a fake name and letterhead and was her own agent and the publishers would never know. Working at the library can be interesting!:)

January 19, 2010 9:32 PM  
Blogger barbrafl said...

Wow, thanks for all the links. Reading material for when finals are finished :)

January 19, 2010 10:30 PM  

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