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Monday, February 08, 2010

I would tell you about all the amazing things I did this weekend except that--well, we got about 30 inches of snow here and, therefore, I spent the weekend indoors. Now, granted, I spend a lot of time indoors, but there's something about being in the house and knowing you can't leave that makes you (or at least me) suddenly desperate to get out! I have my fingers crossed for a dig-out today, so we'll see...

In the meantime, loads of links to share:

Are you a teen who blogs? If you are, apparently you're a rarity

Agent Jessica Faust on being a teenager and querying agents/getting published and trusting your gut instincts when it comes to agents -- I especially like the second post, as when I left my first agent, I wondered if I'd ever find another one, but everything in me was screaming "Go! GO!"--and you know what? I left, and it was one of the best choices I've ever made.

Pimp My Novel offers Good Idea/Bad Idea, or things writers and authors really should--and shouldn't--do

Author April Henry talks about life as a full-time writer

Author Catherynne Valente has a fascinating blog post up about publishing and self-publishing via e-book -- It's a long post, but very much worth reading.

Author Jay Lake writes about why he won't stop working with publishers

Agent and author Nathan Bransford has some tips for making the most of your book marketing time as well as a nice roundup of what happened last week in the publishing world (short answer: a lot!!)

Must-read blog post by CJ Cherryh, who's been a published author for 35(!) years, on how publishing has changed. An amazing look back at how publishing was in the 1970s, 80s, etc--don't miss out on reading this one!

Editorial Anonymous points out that editors can't--and shouldn't have to--fix everything that's wrong with a book. There's also discussion of what things can make a book impossible to edit and this: "One of the misconceptions editors meet most often among non-editors is that we can fix anything. No, we can't. We don't have superpowers. Our ability to make anything better depends on our ability to convey to the author what's working and what's not working and why, and the author's ability to apply that knowledge. In order to edit anything, it has to be the author who fixes things, not us.

Author Joshua Palmatier on looking at a project and realizing you have to start all over again


Blogger jaylake said...

Your last link (Palmatier) has a typo in the protocol header, fyi.

February 08, 2010 10:11 AM  
Blogger Brittany said...

We got a lot of snow here on the eastern shore, also. Everyone was snowed in, cars couldn't get out. It was horrible, but it's very nice to look at!

Here I thought an editor's job was to edit the book, word for word. Guess I was mistaken, huh?

February 08, 2010 12:21 PM  
Blogger barbrafl said...

Wow, I love snow, but we didn't get much :( Only a light dusting here.

<3 barbafl

February 08, 2010 9:35 PM  

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