In the Blogosphere: 8/16-8/20
“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?
Story openers is a topic we’ve touched on before, here on the blog (here’s the post from our Shenandoah Writers Online live chat on that very subject), but let’s see what other have had to say about it.
Here, D4EO Literary’s Mandy Hubbard dishes on the five things she looks for in the opening pages.
Over at his blog, Constant Revision, the inimitable Simon C. Larter explains the methods behind the madness in his very own opening lines.
And, for a little bit of fun, YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) lists a ton of first lines—so you can see a lot of these tips in action.
YOUR PITCH DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A BITCH
Think you’re ready to query or pitch? Here’s a comprehensive pre-submission checklist from Martina Boone and Marissa Graff’s brainchild, Adventures in Children’s Publishing. (<—post not *just* for kids’ lit, BTW)
As you go to write (or tweak) your pitch, check out Anne Brown’s four steps to battling the query in her guest post at Writer Unboxed.
And, why stress over the query? WordServe Literary’s Rachelle Gardner divulges all the secrets to a great pitch right here!
As kids and teacher-types go back to school, and as the summer comes to a close (can you believe it’s almost the end of August??), it’s time to start thinking about that evil time management thing again.
Here’s some advice on how to juggle it all from time management master and über-awesome young adult author Maggie Stiefvater.
And, if you’re feeling the rejection blues, you’re not alone:
- Curtis Brown, Ltd., agent Nathan Bransford says: Every writer gets rejected.
- OnlineCollege.org lists 50 iconic writers who were repeatedly rejected (some of them may surprise you!).
- And WriteOnCon’s Elana Johnson gives her own query stats as well as some words of encouragement in her guest post over at Sara B. Larson’s blog.
Have a great rest-of-the-weekend! I’m battling a cold (which is why this post was late). Boo!!