Friday, May 14, 2010

This Week in the Writing World...May 14

Over at Do the Write Thing for Nashville, writers, agents and publishers auction books, manuscript critiques, phone interviews, art, etc. to raise money for the victims of the Nashville floods. This is a great cause and some of the items up for auction are worth every penny to aspiring writers--who wouldn't want a 30-minute phone call with Rachelle Gardner? Publisher Weekly spotlights the publishing industry's generosity toward the Nashville victims. Our prayers go out to them.

There are two contests for finished manuscripts. Guide to Literary Agents' Dear Lucky Agent Contest for Fantasy and SciFi ends May 26. And Miss Snark's First Victim Secret Agent Contest for Chapter Books, MG & YA starts Monday, May 17. Both contests focus on the first 250 words of your manuscript. Good luck to those that enter.

New Agent
Nicole Robson is new to the Fischer-Harbage Agency. She's looking for fiction and nonfiction. She has a particular interest in narrative nonfiction and history.

This week there was a lot of advice on pitching and querying. Books & Such cautions about being too clever in a query--not everyone will get your humor. BookEnds doesn't recommend comparing your work to others (This was news to me, because in the past other blogs recommended comparison.) Once you've perfected your query, can you resend it to agents that rejected your rookie query? Editorial Anonymous says yes, but tread lightly. Kidlit explains how to get into a closed house. PubRants demystifies how long an agent should keep a full manuscript. Rachelle Gardner identifies a great pitch and Nathan Bransford shows how to break your pitch down.

Pimp My Novel defines the different departments in a publishing house. And finally, Moonrat commiserates over title issues. I completely sympathize to this one. A week before I began querying my first story, another middle grade book released with a very similar title.

Building Your Platform
It's important to build an online presence, but can it be too much information? KT Literary asks if you can know too much about an author? While Chip MacGregor gives tips on marketing.

The New York Times questions whether poetry matters? TalkToYoUniverse asks what your characters will learn during the story. And Nathan Bransford explains how to find your voice.

It seems every writer has a weakness. I'm a great plotter, but I'm terrible at character development. What's your strength and weakness?


Amy Tate said...

Wow! Thank you for all that information. That will keep me busy for awhile, lol!

Patricia Stoltey said...

The article on whether you can learn too much about an author is very interesting. I know authors who books I love but their blogs are too personal or too political for my taste. I'm not sure that would be helpful if trying to get an agent or publisher.

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