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Thursday, June 03, 2010

This has been a very good week for links..

Author Juliet Marillier on how she came to writing -- "It never occurred to me to seek out the advice and opinions of experienced writers during my journey to initial publication. I’ve never studied creative writing and, until the last few years, did not belong to a critique group or attend events at our local writers’ centres, which routinely run writers’ groups, workshops and talks by visiting authors. Why didn’t I feel the need for this, and how did I manage without it?"

Editorial Anonymous is answering more reader questions

BookEnds's intern blogs about her job
--"I’ve come to know that authors are actually at a bit of an advantage if the intern reads their proposal first. You see, most successful literary agents have been in the business for quite some time. They’ve seen heaps of ideas and pages upon pages of writing from all types of authors. They continue to receive a slew of queries and proposals daily. Their goal, when reading proposals, is to find a good reason to reject, because they know, from all that experience, that the gems in the pile are few and far between.

But the intern is new in the business. All she knows of publishing is that glittery afterglow. Think J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyers. Stephen King. The intern, to align her own experience with her starry-eyed preconceived notions, desperately wants each proposal to be the next big thing. And she wants to be the first to have read it."

Agent Kirstin Nelson shares her thoughts on BEA's YA Buzz panel--this is the panel where editors talk about *the* big YA books for Fall 2010.

Diana Peterfreund has a great post up about writers, writing, and money

And hello, new recipe I am making for my husband!: chocolate cupcakes with salted caramel frosting