Great convo in the comments of Monday’s post on building community around your blog. It’s worth checking out if you haven’t yet.
Some great links out there this week:
- From GalleyCat, a podcast with literary critic Laura Miller on the evolution of the book review.
- Interesting conversation at literary agent Elana Roth’s blog about whether writers should notify agents they’ve queried when they get an offer of representation.
- Do you listen to music while you write? The New York Times weighs in on selecting the right tunes.
- At Editorial Ass, Moonrat answers the question, What if your submission needs more work? Would a publisher reject, or consider helping you make it better? Also, another great post there this week: What’s a standard submission process like?
- Book Review Bingo: Make sure you don’t overuse these adjectives in your book reviews or your writing. From the Guardian’s book blog.
- I like this Letter To My 18-Year-Old Self over at In Search of Squid. (I also love the look of Heather’s site and how easy it is to read.)
- The Ten Best Things You Can Do For Your Manuscript. There’s some good advice embedded in The Intern’s snark.
- Literary agent Nathan Bransford suggests being specific about your plot to create a killer query.
- At Lady Bloggers society, an interview with yours truly about using interviews to spice up your blog.
I’m in New York City for the weekend, getting away from my computer for a few days. (And using a friend’s laptop, which is why I can’t seem to space this post as nicely as usual. See how much more difficult it is to read without white space?) Hope you’re able to do the same this weekend!