Friday, June 4, 2010

38 Best Articles This Week for Writers 6/4/10

Here are some of our favorite new blog posts for the past week, along with some older posts we've stubbed our toes on while wandering the blogosphere. We  hope you enjoy them as much as we have.

  • 7 Reasons to Be Grateful You're a Writer [Victoria Mixon via @Writeitsideways] A. Victoria Mixon provides positive thoughts on why writing is a privilege.
  • You Have to Believe [Rants & Ramblings] Commentary by Rachelle Gardner to keep the faith that you can succeed in publishing.
  • Childhood is Once [Lee and Low via @LEEandLOW] Jason Low tells us why working in children's publishing is unrivaled.
  • 7 Things I've Learned So Far [Guide to Literary Agents] Author Lara Ehrlich offers advice, as she reflects on her journey to publication.
  • 52 Qualities of the Prosperous Writer: Number Twenty, Clarity [The Sharp Angle via @thewritermama] For an author, clarity can mean your career path. It can mean your drive. It can mean learning from your past mistakes. For me, it is an understanding of past, present, and future.
  • Pros and Cons of Writing for Young People [Ginny's Fiction Writing Blog via @simplywriting] YA authors have more fun with writing and create better work than people who are trying to win awards, but people still wonder when they will graduate to the real work of writing for adults.
  • 5 Tips For Playing a Smart Publishing Game [Jody Hedlund] Author Jody Hedlund reminds us of what we can be doing to improve our chances at getting published.
The Craft of Writing:
  • Editing Your Novel [Behind the Mystery via @jaysubject] Copywriter and writer Lisa M. Stiles round of up great advice on editing.
  • Use Past Perfect Property [Speculating about Fiction] A writer, editor and teacher of writing and editing explains how and when to use the past perfect verb tense, and how not to let it slow your pacing.
  • How Not to Fix Your Novel [James Killick's Blog] Writer James Killick tells us why the cure can be worse than the cause.
  • The Craft of Editing [Terry's Place] C. Patrick Schulze guest blogs and describes his revision process including some usefult tips.
  • 4 Articles Dealing With Rejection [Nancy Parish] Guide to Literary Agents consolidates helpful rejection articles.
  • The Ogre and the Slushpile [Paranormal Point of View] Lisa Gail Green explains who really has the power to reject you -- and what happens to rejected manuscripts. Read and laugh.
To Market:
  • Newer vs. Established Agent [Mary Kole] discusses the pros and cons of selecting an agent with experience as opposed to a newer one.
  • Following Up, Giving Up, and Saddling Up [Editorial Anonymous] Editorial Anonymous provides advice on submission timelines and when it's time to open the old desk drawer and give your manuscript a new home.
  • Choosing and Finding an Agent [MacGregor Literary] Chip MacGregor gives practical advice on finding an agent with your eyes wide open.
  • Is traditional publishing dead? [Bob Mayer]  Author and writing coach doesn't think traditional publishing is dead, but believes it will be even more competitive in coming years and urges writers to be aware of new technologies.
  • The One-Sentence Summary [Rachelle Gardener] Literary agent provides instructions for creating a 25-word book summary and a contest to test your skill and your finished mss.
  • Mixing Metaphors and Petting Peeves [Happy Endings via @jeannieruesch] Linda Epstein, a submissions manager at a literary agency, provides insight on the slushpile.
Trends, Conferences, and Issues:
Twitter & Blogging:
Just For Smiles:
  • Signing in the Waldenbooks [Editorial Ass] Parnell Hall's song and video brought Editorial Ass such LOLs that, in his own words, he "almost peed his pjs."
  • When Bad Writing Becomes Funny [All About Writing] Nicole Humphrey provides us with some serious laughs.
  • Grab a Pen [Tahereh Mafi] We normally link to a particular post, but the wonderful Tahereh has been announcing the winners of her original short story contest all week, and interspersing that with some reflections you'll enjoy.
Other Weekly Round-Ups:
Did we miss anything? Anyone? Please leave a comment!

Happy reading and joyous writing,

Martina & Marissa


  1. Again thanks for this elaborate list. All very helpful and interesting.

  2. Another great list ladies. Hope you have a great weekend.

  3. I look forward to this Friday post ALL week.


  4. Thanks for all the amazing links. I'll have to come back later and check them out. :D

  5. Thanks so much for the listings in the Inspiration and Craft sections! Fantastic blog :-) I'll add you to my blogroll.

  6. it always takes me a few seconds to find my jaw on the floor after i read your posts! you ladies are incredible!

  7. M&M I just LOVE your recaps! Thanx for the linx. Have a great weekend!

  8. WOW! What a list! Sadly, I don't see the Literary Lab contest on there, though... :(

  9. Thanks for the kind words, everyone! You inspire us.

    And Michelle--I am so sorry. It's been a hectic week and I haven't gotten everywhere I should. Totally missed the memo on your contest, but I just added it and tweeted it, and it will be in next week's round-up, too. I'm a huge fan of your blog.


  10. No worries! We just barely announced it! :D

  11. YES you totally missed like the best blog EVER its called Adventures in Children's Publishing and I'm starting a fan club! Heard of them??

  12. I cannot believe how awesome this blog is!!! Thanks for creating such a great place for writers!

  13. What a great list. I can't believe how you keep track of it all. You're both awesome.

  14. Amazing list!!! You two are such a team, I love following you! Wow, now to have about 5 hours to go over this list! Thanks for your awesome effort :)

  15. Lisa, Molly, & Natalie--We're blushing, stuttering, and giving you a big virtual hug!

    Thank you all so much for your kindness!

    Martina & Marissa

  16. Great list. Off to check out some of the fabulous links. Okay, all of them really. lol. :)

  17. Blimey, girls - do you spend your ENTIRE week reading blogs?? Thanks for the mention!

  18. This is an amazing list! Thanks for including my weekly roundup.

  19. Martina and Marissa, thanks for the kind words over at BBB. I'm glad I found your wonderful site, and not just because the profile pic reminds me of Labyrinth :).

  20. This is a treasure trove. Thank you thank you THANK YOU guys!! Your blog is terrific and I'm glad I'm following it. <3

    (And hmm, I thought I left a comment already. Ah well.)

  21. Lindsay, there's SO many good ones!

    James, we encourage EVERYONE to go on over to your blog. Your post was a riot and we're thankful you didn't mind us spreading the word about it. :)

    Jennifer, thanks for letting us include you!

    Bane, getting into the finals of Nathan's contest is an amazing feat! We're pulling for you!

    Karen, thanks for the <3 :)

  22. Thanks so much for the links, you guys! You're absolutely hustling your weight in gold here.


  23. Wow - thanks for the links - that will keep me busy for a bit :)

  24. Another fantastic roundup, ladies. Thank you!

  25. Awesome list! I love seeing everything all in one place and organized so well. What a great resource! And thanks for the mention!

  26. Victoria, Casey, and Jody, sites like yours inspire us everyday. You three do such a fantastic job helping writers and providing information. We're just trying to keep up :)

    JayceeKaycee and Jemi, thanks for the praise! All of the nice feedback makes it all worthwhile. You're all so generous with your kind words :)

  27. Thanks for the link-love! It's really exciting being up there with so many big names!

  28. I don't know how you ladies do this every week! Thank you!

  29. Amazing list! You are a super-blogger! Thanks for all your hard work on this list, what a service to writers!

    Is it okay to link to your updates on my own little Wednesday update posts of the Writer's Life Coffee Klatch?

  30. Creepy Query Girl, Peta, Lisa and Laura - you are most welcome!!! ;D

    Anne, I've just added your Coffee Klatch under Just for Smiles for next Friday's post. Thanks for letting us know about it, and we'd be delighted to be included.


  31. Ladies--I just copied your announcement about the contest on to a forum at the Inkwell...

    Have a great week!

  32. Thanks Sharon! Natalie is being SO generous as the judge for the contest that anyone would be crazy not to enter. Thanks for spreading the word!


  33. What a useful compendium - would mind me adding this link to an unusual writing competition? The winner gets their short story converted into an iPhone app -

  34. Another great round up. :) Many thanks!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  35. This is a great list! Thank you also for including the link to my blog. Appreciate it!


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