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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Quick update: Congrats to ellesera, who won the vacation book suggestion contest!

Also, I haven't forgotten the video blog about writing and etc.--I have a ton of questions from you, and as soon as I get a good chunk of time to answer them, I will. Because, well--you are YOU, after all!!!

I've also got a load of links to share...:

From agent Jessica Faust, a spot-on post about what you shouldn't do when you write a query letter, as well as the things that make agents think NO!!! when they read your query

Dystel and Goodrich have, of course, been busy--there are posts asking what drives YOU to buy books, as well as a very insightful post about weighing a publisher's offer

Over at Muderati, there's a fascinating post about technical rules of writing, and how they have changed--I confess, I hadn't ever heard of the two spaces after a period rule before, but then, I didn't learn to type until I was--well, it certainly wasn't in college! (I was convinced computers were utterly useless until the mid 1990s. Which just goes to show how silly I truly am!! Not to mention my pre-writing typing speed...)

Author Jay Lake has, as always, something that's worth noting--and that's this--why are there so few blog posts written for authors who are "mid-career?" -- As a mid-list author, I'd love to see more posts about being one, but if there is one thing I've learned about publishing it's this--once you are published, you tend not to talk about it until you have an good amount of "career time" under your belt.

Case in point? Susan Beth Pfeffer's wonderful post about rejection--and writing for over 40 years!!--to have a career that spends a decade in publishing is a miracle. To have one for forty years is quite extraordinary. Please read what she has to say.-- "I believe every single moment of a writer’s life affects their work in ways that cannot be calculated."

Over at Generality, two posts worth noting, one on keeping current in YA (and the singular importance of remembering what it was like to be a teenager!) and an utterly eye-opening entry about entertaining the idea of quitting writing

Pimp My Novel on two important aspects of being an author: taxes and the idea that writing will make you rich

Agent Jennifer Laughran on writing and publishing myths

Agent Kristin Nelson on why your query is so important

Are there times when, as an author, you don't want your name on your book? Sadly, and to my surprise, yes--I don't think this is the case for 99.99% of published novels, but there is always that last tiny percent, and I thank--and am grateful to--Steven for his honesty in this blog entry.