In the Blogosphere: 7/19-7/23
Filed under: This Week in the Blogosphere | Tags: Alan Rinzler, Anna Elliott, Annalemma Magazine, characters, Cheryl Angst, D4EO, feedback, Heather Trese, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, James Scott Bell, Janet Reid, Jodi Meadows, Kate McKean, Maggie Stiefvater, Mandy Hubbard, online writing community, Paulo Campos, queries, Query Project, Query Shark, Rick Daley, slush, slush pile, The Public Query Slushpile, time management, voice, WriteBrained Network, Writer Unboxed, yingleyangle |
“In the Blogosphere” is a series, which lists links to writing-related blogs I’ve stumbled upon throughout a given week (usually).
I’m admittedly behind with my Blogosphere posts—I have about 50 links saved, dating all the way back to May (oh noes!)—but they are all still worth a look. I’ll catch up eventually, right?
Querying/pitching is up there in terms of the most discussed topics on industry blogs and at writing conferences. I find it always helps me to look at others’ queries in order to better gauge what does and doesn’t work with my own pitches.
Here, at The Public Query Slushpile, fellow Ohioan Rick Daley has dedicated an entire forum to queries and feedback. The idea of the blog being? Leave feedback on others’ queries. Post your queries.* Get feedback from others. It’s that simple. The site isn’t exactly like Janet Reid’s Query Shark or Jodi Meadows’s Query Project (in that it’s not just industry pros offering feedback—it’s an open forum for all), but the entries do get a good amount of feedback from readers. And we are all trying to appeal to readers after all, are we not? Check it out!
Over on her blog, Canuck mathematics textbook writer (<—Yes, I included that part for my math-ed professor hubs!) Cheryl Angst compiles and comments on a list of 10 things Howard Morhaim Literary Agency’s Kate McKean tweeted as things that she thinks while she reads queries. Very interesting read!
Going along with the two, more regular, query workshops above, D4EO agent Mandy Hubbard conducted her own query clinic back in May. Here is the post where she discusses the concept, and here is the last in the series (I’ve included this one because she links to all four of the queries she workshopped in it).
Summer seems to be about the hardest time of year to find butt-in-chair-and-write time.
Here, YA paranormal romance author Maggie Stiefvater (Shiver, Linger, etc.) offers some thoughtful advice on how writers can to best manage their time.
Over at Writer Unboxed, Anna Elliott chimes in on this subject as well.
Afraid your characters are too one-dimensional? Paulo Campos of yingleyangle gives three tips on how to breathe some life into your darlings.
Here, longtime industry insider Alan Rinzler offers some further insight on how to create and use author James Scott Bell‘s idea of a voice journal.
Since it was our four-year anniversary this week, I am posting this in honor of my husband. Magazine editor and freelance writer Heather Trese says, “You might be married to a writer if . . . “
And, um, how random is this? Molly is famous! About a month ago, Annalemma Magazine used a picture of Molly (my beagly beagle) in an article they did about online writing communities. The caption says that that pic was the first to come up when they Google image searched online writing community! (It looks like she’s since been ousted, however. It’s on the fourth page.)
*There is a debate about whether or not to post your original work online. It’s up to you. Enough industry blogs host contests or query workshops all the time where people post their original queries, so I wouldn’t necessarily worry about someone stealing your work . . . but it *can* happen. It would probably be pretty easy to prove your query was yours, though—particularly if you posted in on the Internet. If you’d like feedback from other writers but you’re wary of posting your work on an open forum, try a password-encrypted, by-invitation-only community like *shameless plug* Shenandoah Writers Online!