In the Blogosphere: 7/26-8/6
“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/June-ish (oh noes!)—but they are all still worth a look. I’ll catch up eventually, right?
THE STRAIGHT DOPE ON CONFERENCES
There have been a ton of conferences this summer, but more are just around the corner.
Not sure what to bring to a writers’ conference? Over on her blog, See Heather Write, writer/editor and aspiring YA novelist Heather Trese gives the basics on what to pack and what to leave home—via this vlog.
Have you never been to one of these events? Check out this post at The Bluestocking Blog, which details one writer’s lessons learned from her very first conference.
This is an oldie-but-very-goodie post from guest blogger Leah Odze Epstein over at Adventures in Children’s Publishing. Epstein took great notes at SCBWI Metro New York and was nice enough to share them in a conference round-up.
By the way—WriteOnCon, the FREE online kids’ lit conference, is next week. Click here to register!
THE NEXT STEPS
So, I’m good on querying and getting and agent and everything—but what happens after that?
Sixteen-year-old Australian YA author Steph Bowe demystifies what happens after you get a book deal in this post on her blog, Hey! Teenager of the Year.
And, here, the ever-fabulous Rachelle Gardner of WordServe Literary explains what is in a publishing contract.
EDITING & CRITIQUING
My SW(IRL) group began critiquing this summer, and some of our members were a bit resistant to it. I do hope they’ll check out these links!
Here, Jodi Cleghorn of Write for Your Life talks critique etiquette.
In her guest post at Genreality, debut YA dystopian author Jamie Harrington gives a feedback pep talk during which she explains what getting feedback means, why it’s important, and how we need to get over ourselves and get some!
Over at her fantastic blog, author Jody Hedlund offers suggestions of what to do with positive and negative feedback.
And at YA Highway, Amanda Hannah gives us a checklist of what we need in order to get cracking on those revisions.
I believe this oldie-but-goodie post was the first I had ever seen of the now-infamous Tahereh (T.H. Mafi), over at Got YA—in which she tells us what the QueryShark herself, Janet Reid, is really thinking.