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Thursday links

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Before I get to the links, don't forget don't forget the salad dressing/Shade contest (yes, for real--you know how I am!!)

Okay, now on to the links:

From agent Jessica Faust, the perils of lying to an agent and resubmitting substantially reworked query letters

Pimp My Novel on best-seller lists and the mysteries of how they are created (I don't know about you, but for some of them, I feel like it really should be "created"!)

Agent Jenny Bent on confidence--and Donald Trump (!)

For those of you writing/thinking about writing a series, agent and author Nathan Bransford talks about having a series bible

Bill Murray reading poetry at The Poet's House--but the Poet's House isn't built yet, so the poetry reading? For the people actually *building* Poet's House. In other words, AWESOME! (As some of you know, I'm trying to read more poetry--and suggestions are always welcome!!)

The dreaded middle-of-the-book syndrome, or as this Murderati post puts it, The Valley Of Despair -- "For one thing, unless you write very quickly, you've been living day in and day out with these people as houseguests in your head for a month or more. Like most houseguests, you're not as crazy about them as when they first moved in."

Agent, author, and former editor Betsy Lerner on revision--I'm definitely a hawk, that's for sure.

Over at Genreality, Bob Mayer talks about learning what his strengths as a writer are and Candace Havens has an *outstanding* post on the importance--and joy!--of reading

Author and agent Mandy Hubbard on YA trends, and on what she feels are possible holes that need to be filled in the YA market

The INTERN wonders about Amazon's Vine Reviewer program, and Amazon reviews in general

Over at Writer Unboxed, agent Donald Maass talks about The Elements of Awe -- "I wonder if the researchers at the University of Pennsylvania who studied why certain articles in The New York Times online are e-mailed more frequently realize that they’ve unlocked for fiction writers the ultimate code: what creates word of mouth." (He also talks about this here and here as well)

Wondering what the best chocolate ice cream is? Well, Cook's Country magazine heroically sampled lots of it, and you can read about their verdict here

Finally, Persnickety Snark wrote a blog post about Love You Hate You Miss You that made me tear up--I know I've talked a little bit about how hard it was to find the book last year, and how grateful I am to those of you who did find it and championed it, and now that it's out in paperback, I do hope you'll think about giving it a try. You can read the first few chapters here.