- "If writing is always fun you may be doing it wrong." Agent Nathan Bransford on willpower.
- "It isn't egotistical to say that your work has merit, as long as you acknowledge that it also has flaws." This post is one of the many reasons I just love author Vee Roth.
- Punctuation is your b!tch. Or should be, anyway. From author Simon C. Larter
- Why authors fail, from Penny Sansevieri (via the Dystel & Goderich blog)
This Week In Getting Published
- Is your book ready to be published? Please consult this insanely detailed poster. (via tons of sources)
- If you get a request for a full, how long can you wait to send it? Agent Mary Kole suggests that slow cooking is better than fast food. Yes, those thoughts are related.
- Author Sarah Ockler has a fantastic list of questions to ask when you're offered representation.
- Blogger Simon Owens wonders, "Will the iPad change book publicity?"
This Week In Other Stuff
- This is my new favorite blog: Coping mechanisms for those of us who are "grammatically conscious" at Hyperbole and a Half (via @jennybent).
- Don't underestimate teens, by author Sara McClung at the YA5.
- Our friends at the blog formerly known as OPWFT have new digs: Check out the GotYA and win some prizes!
- SUPER EXCITING GIVEAWAY HERE TOMORROW!!!! Don't miss it.
My YA Highway job description: Round up the news, and bring the random.
(Please note my disclaimer: Comics are from Explosm.net, which is generally offensive and NSFW.)