Friday, May 28, 2010

32 Best Articles This Week for Writers 5/28/2010

  • The Triple T [Mary Demuth] Rachelle Gardner's guest blogger gives us an inspirational mantra.
  • If you haven't already, check out Buffy Andrews' blog The Write Stuff for wonderful quotes!
  • Toni Morrison Talks Motivation [Spkn Wrd via @iainbroome] Great video interview with the famous writer.
  • Keeping a Writing Log [Literary Rambles Tip Tuesday] Great tip to motivate yourself by logging a) date b) chapter c) time spent d) words written e) running total of words in the project.
Craft of Writing:
To Market:
  • Agent Spotlight: Chris Richman [Literary Rambles] The wonderful Casey McCormick continues her invaluable series that collects every bit of information available on an agent and consolidates it for easy reference.
  • Why I Say Yes or No [AgencyGatekeeper] An old post but a great one, including pie charts.
  • Query Recap [BookEnds, LLC] Jessica Faust describes the results of her quest through the slushpile.
  • Theme in a Query Letter [EditTorrent] Unless your theme is very original, this clear post suggests creating a plot summary which supports the theme without resorting to cliches.
  • Elana Johnson, young adult and SF/fantasy writer who also blogs for, for scoring a book deal from Simon Pulse for her novel Control Issues. From PM: Set in a brainwashed society where those gifted with mind control best join the powers that be, but one rebel girl tries to beat them at their own game.
  • Becca Rogers, a YA writer, has landed a spot working for Demand Studios. She will be writing articles for eHow and Livestrong.
  • YA Highway turns 1! Happy bloggiversary!
  • Megan Rebekah for reaching 500 followers on her fabulous blog The Write Stuff!
  • Margaret Duarte for reaching the quarter-finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award! And what a great prize -- a Publishers Weekly review of the whole novel? Amazing!
Trends, Conferences, & Issues
Twitter & Blogging
Just for Smiles

Other Weekly Round-Ups
Did we miss anything? Anyone? Please leave a comment!

Also, what do you think of the new format for these links? Better with explanations? Or do you prefer just the links?

Happy reading and joyous writing,

Martina & Marissa


  1. Wow, this is amazing. I'll have to come back later and check them all out. Thanks for all the work you put into this. :D

  2. It's more work for you, but much better with descriptions of the links. We can go straight to the ones we're most interested in at the time, so it saves us a lot of time!!

  3. Wow. I'm sure this took a lot of time to write. I appreciate you including me! :D *hugs*

  4. Whew! That took some time to put together, thank you so much for all the links! Thanks for the link back to my contest :) Your blog is truly a wonderful resource for writers!


    you two are AMAZING. so incredible!!

    thank you thank you thank you for all the work you put into your posts! you're gems in the blogosphere!!


  6. Stina, there's much to see! Good luck.

    S.A., thanks! We hope it helps save you time.

    Sarah, thanks for that specific feedback on the format. We thought a brief glimpse into the link may save people time.

    Becca and KarenG, when we find great sites like yours during the week, we just keep track of it for Friday :)

    Tahereh, you're so sweet! We just want to help other writers. We love your blog!

  7. Seriously, everyone, I have to say that this Friday post is a selfish thing for us. There are so many generous writers, agents, and editors out there putting time and talent into their blogs to help other writers. Keeping track of them as we visit during the week lets us keep all the links for future reference.

    Gotta say, I love the blogosphere and twitterverse!

    Thanks so much for your support! It's amazing how kind you all are.


  8. Thanks for this great resource - and thanks for the mention!

    Have a nice weekend!

    Ricki :)

  9. This is such a fantastic list!

    I agree with Sarah about the descriptions.

    I'm hesitant to plug my own, but will anyway. I recently began putting a similar post up (most) Saturdays.

    I also add links to new writing blogs I found during the week and have been including links to debates going on about e-books and self-publishing, since there seem to be a lot of them lately.

  10. I can only repeat what everyone else is saying--Thank You! There's so much good stuff here, it's hard to pull myself away from it and get to work :-)

  11. Thanks so much. I already bookmarked the epic fantasy one.

  12. Oh NO!! I'm going to have to sit here FOREVER just so I can go through all of these amazing posts. My family may kill me! Deep breaths... Whew. And thank you for the mention. :)

  13. Ricki, thanks for letting us share your post!

    Paulo, thanks for the input. We're glad you mentioned your blog. E-publishing is such a hot topic right now.

    Kenda, we appreciate your kind sentiment. :)

    Natalie, the epic fantasy link is SO detailed! Have fun.

    Lisa, a writer has to do what a writer has to do, right? You're welcome! Our pleasure!

  14. I like the explanations along with the links. That's for putting this all together. It must have taken hours. Maybe days!

  15. Great round up M&M! I am loving all these exciting links!!!

  16. Barrie, thanks for such a fantastic post this week! We are so lucky to have your insights.

    T. Anne, I love the "M & M" idea :) That cracked me up. Thanks for a positive comment.

  17. I love M & Ms. OOOH. Can I be purple? Pretty please?

    M/2 (Martina)

  18. Awesome links as usual. I shall be spending some time clicking down the list. :)

  19. I have so many tabs open right now I'm afraid my browser will crash! This list is great. As usual.

    I'm sending the crit partner matchup link to a friend in my RWA chapter. She's been looking for a crit partner who writes romantic suspense. Your site is helping authors who don't even write kid lit!

  20. This is an EPIC Treasure Trove. Like I said in my Blogging post on The Sharp Angle, content that saves writers time is highly attractive to writers, and this is no exception.

    Thanks for all your hard work and including me on the list...twice!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  21. Forgot to answer your question "Also, what do you think of the new format for these links? Better with explanations? Or do you prefer just the links?"

    It's probably a ton of extra work, but I love the explanations. :D

  22. Angela, thanks for letting us link to you! Your site has great information and we try, as you suggest, to help save everyone time. Thanks to you, we can :)

    JayceeKaycee, we appreciate the specific feedback. We keep a running list throughout the week, so it's easy to briefly summarize what's in the post right when you read it :) Glad to know it's worth that little extra blurb! Thanks for that HUGE compliment on helping writers of all types. That's so encouraging! We hope your browser doesn't crash ;)

    Lindsay, just like JayceeKaycee, we hope you don't crash your computer as you click away!

  23. yikes what a list. Thanks! I've spent quite a bit of time on these links already. Great resource.

  24. Wow - I'm going to have to bookmark this! What a great list of links - thanks so much for compiling it :)

  25. I love the way list is now. Keep them coming. Lot of great info.

  26. PHEW - see what happens when you turn your back for a few days???

    Had a lot of family stuff to catch up on and haven't commented for a while...NOT GOOD FOR ME! I have an awful lot of catching up to do.

    I was thrilled that the book I voted made your list...must go back a few posts and go through everything in detail.


  27. Okay, thanks everyone! We'll try to use this format from now on. Check back next Friday!

  28. This. Is. Teh. Awesome! I've got to set some time aside every week just to go through your Friday link roundup!

  29. What an amazing resource this blog is. How have I never found it before? Definite new follower!

  30. fantastic post! amazing! i have just learned SOOOOO much! thank-you!


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