In the Blogosphere: 1/25-1/29
“In the Blogosphere” is a weekly series, which lists links to writing-related blogs I’ve stumbled upon throughout a given week. Most posts will be from that week, but if I find some “oldies but goodies,” I’ll throw those up here as well.
I never find as much time to read blogs as I want, but here are a few posts that struck me this week.
Do you love to pick apart grammar the way I do? Writer Magazine‘s Bonnie Trenga analyzes the heck out of “criminal sentences” over at The Sentence Sleuth and gives examples of how to make your sentences shine.
Have a query, but you’re afraid to send it to the Query Shark? Try my new writer pal—and, apparently neighbor—Jodi Meadows‘s Query Project over at her (W)ords and (W)ardances blog. Meadows used to read slush for former lit agent Jenny Rappaport, so she knows a thing or two about queries that work—and she critiques them weekly.
Want to boost that platform? Check out what Writers Web site Planner has to say about what to include.
If you’ve been querying and you don’t know about QueryTracker, get with it! As you await those fateful rejections—I mean, requests for fulls and partials and offers for representation—look up the stats on the agents you’ve queried. Previous queriers’ comments about how long Agents X, Y and Z took to respond can help calm your inner crazy.
And if you’re looking for a little writerly advice, Writer’s Digest‘s Brian A. Klems sets you straight with his Questions and Quandaries blog.
If you’re wondering what you should be charging, check out the Editorial Freelancers Association for recommended rates, and if you’re looking to hire a writer and have an affinity for Canucks, check out what Writers.Ca says you should expect to pay for all sorts of projects.
Another J.M. Lacey recommendation, Media Bistro keeps tabs on writing opportunities as well as publishing news.
IN THE NEWS
I’m sure you probably heard about Catcher in the Rye author—and legend—J.D. Salinger‘s death this week. In The Wall Street Journal, co-author of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and the upcoming Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green and Scholastic editorial director David Levithan pays tribute to the man whose famous work not only embodies the young adult genre, but probably started it as well.
Still not convinced Twitter can help you promote your work? Over on her blog, young adult author Lisa Schroeder weighs in on the Twitter debate and offers tips on how to get the most out of the latest social network.
To punctuate that point, Bit Rebels‘ Diana Adams tells you how to keep your Twitter followers.
When judging my contest entries, I found that merely checking my Twitter replies wasn’t keeping accurate tabs on them all. With a quick search, I discovered Checkretweet. Just type in your Twitter ID, and they handle the rest.
If you’re into YA fiction, check out my Twitter pal and fellow aspiring YA author Stephanie Pellegrin‘s blog for a chance to win a signed copy of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, a Hush, Hush postcard, and a Hush, Hush bookmark.
JUST FOR FUN
Wiley Miller gives us a glimpse of the first writer/editor meeting in his comic Non Sequitur.
Check out my interview with agent BJ Robbins of BJ Robbins Literary Agency on the Guide to Literary Agents blog.