Ooooh baby, I am excited. I have tickets for Harry Potter tonight. How about you? Are you a Harry Potter fan? I gave into the hype and started reading Harry Potter when the 4th book had just released. I blazed through the first four books in a week and I've been a super fan ever since. (But I've never dressed up, so you may need to downgrade my super status to enthusiastic.) So why is it that some books live up to the hype and others don't? Nathan Bransford says we can learn a lot from reading Harry Potter, and Alan Rinzler offers tips for keeping your characters fresh in a series.
Are you over Harry Potter or still salivating like me?
Understanding the Industry
Dystel & Goderich offers hope for the backlist. Pimp My Novel explains book sales and lists the National Book Award winners. BookEnds talks contracts and the right of first refusal. Rachelle Gardner also chimes in on contracts and more contracts. PubRants lists the top three errors in royalty statements. The Adventurous Writer gives tips on how to network with other writers.
Guide to Literary Agents makes sense of a rejection and lists agent pet peeves. Kidlit says waiting isn't a bad sign. The Rejecter ballparks the average wait time in publishing. Blood Red Pencil gives the pros and cons of agents, publishing, and self publishing. KT Literary answers the question: is there a bad time of the year to query?
Dystel & Goderich gives a grammar list you should double check. Edittorrent defines possessive case. Pimp My Novel stops procrastination (which I really needed this week). Writer Unboxed gives tips on writing across cultural lines. Janice Hardy says dialog drives scenes. The Creative Penn tells how to write back blurb for your book and Guide to Literary Agents offers tools for character building.
Katie Shea of Caren Johnson Literary.