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.
Folade Bell of Serendipity Literary Agency.
Enjoy the Jane Austen Fight Club.