by Brooke Favero
This week it is all about e-books. They're taking over in just 5 years you know. We'll see. I guess that gives my a five year deadline for getting published so I can hold my baby and sniff in its freshly published pages. Is there a better smell than a bookstore? I don't think so.
What do you think? Will the hardcover be dead in five?
Understanding the Industry
Rachelle Gardner recommends knowing the business of writing. BookEnds demystifies an agent's reading day. Nathan Bransford reminds us to keep perspective. Guide to Literary Agents recaps an agent panel about trends, platforms, ebooks and more. Kidlit also highlights another publishing panel on trends and ebooks.
Building Your Platform
Pimp My Novel lists a strategy for improving your network.
BookEnds points out honest communication with your agent is essential. Chip MacGregor answers questions about proposals. KT Literary says your query should be obvious. Slush Pile Hell reminds us: Thou shalt not.
Rachelle Gardner says writing is not about the rules. Tahereh encourages to love your mistakes and persevere. Adventures in Children's Publishing talks voice and show-not-tell. I agree with The Blood Red Pencil, sexual tension is sexier than sex. Wordplay shows how to keep unlikable characters from alienating readers.
Elena Mechlin of Pippin Properties. Rachel Stout of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.