The big news in publishing this week:
- Scott Westerfeld: Zinc Blinked
- John Scalzi: All The Many Ways Amazon So Very Failed This Weekend
- Nathan Bransford: Kindle Missile Crisis
- Kristin Nelson: Amazon Macmillan Kerfluffle
- Bookninja gets two: Amazon, Macmillan Hang Out in Amazon’s Upper Intestine and The Publishing World's George McFly!
Huge congrats to author Libba Bray, who signed a major book deal at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, rumored to be worth $2 million!
This week on writing:
- Kristin Nelson on why prologues almost always suck (though she phrases it in a much nicer way).
- Chris Richman at Upstart Crow Literary gives pointers on how to write a winning sports book. (Yes I totally went there. I've been told I work in puns like other artists work in oils or clay. I'm not sure if it's a compliment or not.)
- Tartitude has an interesting post about the cadence of your writing.
- Visit Moonrat to learn about Write Your Ass Off Day
- Two uber helpful articles from Gary Corby, via Janet Reid: Using autocorrect to avoid your most common crutch words and using advanced search to seek and destroy the others.
- Are you a visual learner? You might like the shrunken manuscript technique, explained here by Darcy Pattison and shown in video by Sarah Miller.
- Our friend Vee Roth at That Thing I'm Writing has a good step by step process for facing your beta readers' feedback. (She also has a funny post this week about winter in Chicago.)
This week in other stuff:
- A genius way to create word of mouth through participation-- possibilities for impromptu dance parties at book signings, maybe? Just sayin'.
- Speaking of participation: You're almost out of time to enter agent Kathleen Ortiz's query contest!
- You think your draft is too long? Ha. Check out the world's largest book, on display at the British Library.
- Liyana has a massive list of MG and YA authors-- websites, blogs, Twitter, you name it.
- I won't link to it every week, because that's obnoxious, but from now on I'll be posting a companion Friday series on my own blog, rounding up some of the best Tweets of the week.
- A truckload of Ricky Gervais's children's books went missing, giving Bookninja an excuse to post this video of Ricky and Elmo, which had me crying with laughter by the end-- and gives ME a good excuse to post my one of my favorite Sesame Street clips ever.
Finally, NPR had an article this week about six word memoirs. Can you tell your life story in exactly six words? How about your book-- can you sum up the plot? Leave yours in the comments!
Chuck Norris doesn't query. He just tells literary agents how it's gonna be.
Chuck Norris doesn't "kill his darlings." They take one look at him and kill themselves.
Chuck Norris doesn't send an SASE when he queries, because no agent would be foolish enough to reject him.
Chuck Norris doesn't write books; he stares words down until they get in line.
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