Friday, July 30, 2010

This Week in the Writing World...July 30

by Brooke Favero

Conference season seems to be heating up and many of the bloggers are out and about. Are you attending any writing conferences this summer or fall? If so, are you pitching?

Understanding the Industry
Pimp My Novel shows the two sides of the e-rights fight. Alan Rinzler says you can boost sales by marketing to a niche. The INTERN shares five tips for promoting your book. Chip MacGregor gives tips for understanding your market.

Finding an Agent
Writer Unboxed illuminates the golden rule of being professional. Bookends tells how to talk to an agent at a conference without being pitchy (dog). KT Literary tells what to take with you to a conference. Spoiler: bring business cards but not hard copies of your manuscript. Rachelle Gardner does some mythbusting. The Rejecter breaks down the form rejection letter. Dystel & Goderich lists tips for an effective query.

Nathan Bransford scorns those who ask: do I like this? His advice when your reading: learn. Cheryl Klein defines the emdash. Kidlit recommends avoiding the shooting glance and other writer tics. Nicola Morgan gives self-editing tips. Jeff Vandermeer helps you write a fight. Moonrat gives an opinion about writing in present tense--it's hard to do well. Janice Hardy overcomes adverbs. Stet offers ten tips for writing a memoir. Wordplay explains how to avoid lengthy antagonist narratives. Plot Whisperer goes beyond character, action and theme. The Blood Red Pencil talks point-of-view and gives lots of helpful POV links.

New Agent
Folade Bell of Serendipity Literary Agency.

Enjoy the Jane Austen Fight Club.


Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I usually go to at least one conference a year, but for a variety of reasons, I don’t have any planned for this year. However, I’m going to visit many of your helpful links so I’ll be well-prepared for the next time I do attend one.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Gr8 links!
I usually go to one conference a year--hopefully next year it'll be two.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I'm signed up for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference in Denver in September, but that's the only one this fall. I have a pitch appointment, but after I signed up, I decided to rewrite my manuscript. I may have to cancel that pitch session.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Oops, just noticed the link to my POV post at The Blood-Red Pencil. Thanks!


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