There are so many generous writers, authors, agents, and editors out there in the blogosphere willing to share their experiences and expertise, it can be hard to keep up with all the information. Check below for our recommendations of great posts put up or brought to our attention this week. We hope you'll find them as helpful as we did. And be sure to return every Friday for the current installment....
What Does It Take to Sell A First Novel Survey
10 Tricks for Getting Inspired to Write
The Magic Notebook
Author Janet Fox on Getting an Agent
Don't Pin Everything on One Book
Three Surprisingly Simple Keys to Success
30 Famous Authors Who Were Repeatedly Rejected
15 Writers on the Toughest Part of Getting Published
Pay No Attention to Shiny Objects
What to Do If You Get Behind on Your Wordcount
17 Authors on the Path to Publication
The Write Time to Write
Craft of Writing:
Random Complications Generator for Your Characters
Seven ways to show character growth
Jody Hedlund on Avoiding Plastic Characters
Making or Breaking Your Characters with Dialogue
My Dialogue Sucks
Un-clone Your Characters with Distinctive Dialogue
How Writers Can Use Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs
Ten Tips on How to Improve Your Writing
20 Questions to Ask Floundering Characters
Character Archetypes: The Hero
Creating Characters that Make Readers Cry
Show Some Character: Three Steps to a Breakout Story
Writing in Both 3D and 2D
C. Patrick Schulze on Imagery
Five Steps to Building a Believable Character Arc
Editing Your Novel:
Evil Editor's Alphabetizer Tool Link
Typos no big deal? Think again.
Why Cry over Spilt Milk?
Better with Beta Readers
It's All in How You Say It
Why You Must Be Your Own Evil Drill Sergeant
Spring Cleaning Your Mansuscript Part 2 - Staging
6 Fixes for Fiction Writing Weaknesses
What Writers Need
The Art of Revising the Novel
How to Revise When You Don't Know What's Wrong
What Tells You You've Written a Winner (#KidLitChat Transcript)
Tahereh Mafi for winning lunch with Miss Snark & Johanna Volpe & all the other fabulous people who donated and bid in the Do The Write Thing for Nashville fundraiser!
Julie Musil for her article "You Don't Say!" being published on Imagination Cafe!
Robin Mellom on the sale of her debut novel Ditched!
Jan Lewis for advancing in Cynthea Liu's Red Light, Green Light Free-tique
The five gift-basket winners in our Underappreciated YA Novel Survey
Ten Things An Agent Thinks When Reading Queries
How to Write a Non-Boring Synopsis
The Five Reasons Your Manuscript Keeps Getting Rejected
Why Your Manuscript Can't Be Okay
Value of the Verbal Pitch
Getting into a Closed House
The Key to Getting Published is the Cover Letter
What If Your Agent Doesn't Like Your Next Book?
Who's Moving Where -- Editorial Staff Changes
Trends in Children's Publishing
10 Agent Tips for Writing a Great Query Letter
Rachel Gardner on the Verbal Pitch
Tips on Pitching at Conferences from Boyd Morrison
Nathan Bransford on Writing a One Sentence Pitch
Twitter & Blogging:
How To Tweet/Blog Like a YA Author
InkyGirl Breaks Down Tweet Chat (older post, but still relevant!)
10 Literati All-Stars You Should Follow on Twitter
Jane Friedman: Should You Use Facebook?
Contests & Critique Opportunities:
Nathan Bransford's 1st Page Critiques on Mondays
The Contest that Imploded Your Brains
Red Light, Green Light Free-tiques
Once Upon a Time in Writer Land Contest
Query Tracker Agent-Judged Contest
Just for Smiles
Breaking Dawn: The Wedding Night
I'm Hot for Your Stereotype: Kristin White on Originality and Taboo (great read!)
A Game and A Fish, Two Actually
The Highs and Lows of Getting Published (hysterical!)
Psychic Storytellers Contest
Dont' forget to vote for the best Underappreciated YA Novels in our survey!
Other Weekly Round-Ups
Don't forget to check Nathan Bransford's blog later this morning for his weekly recap of publishing news and information. Jane Friedman of Writer's Digest also does a wonderful list of best tweets of the previous week, and Alice Pope does a Wednesday Tweet Roundup for the SCBWI Children's Market Blog. Northern Colorado Writers do This Week in the Writing World every Friday, and Jennifer Roland does a Writing Roundup on Fridays.
Did we miss anything? Please leave a comment!
Happy reading and joyous writing,
Martina & Marissa
P.S. Thanks to the following supertweeples for some of the links and information:
Jan Lewis, @InkyElbows, @GrammarGirl, @ElizabethCraig, @JaySubject, @JaneFriedman, @BubbleCow, @CPatrickSchulze, @HUnderdown