Hoy. First of all, if you read my Thursday 5 yesterday, you will see that I listed Jane Friedman's weekly Best Tweets posts as one of my top 5 favorite resources, but I made a jokey joke about it and said, ha ha, get this, no really-- I said, "it's nearly as good as my Roundup."
And Jane found it and read it.
And probably thought I was being a VERY RUDE GIRL.
I wasn't! It was a joke.
Lesson: don't joke.
- Janice Hardy has the 7 deadly sins of a first chapter -- MUST READ.
- Kristen Lippert-Martin has fantastic, pee-in-your-pants inducing exciting news: she's newly agented. Go by and congratulate her! She's a very funny lady.
- Meghan Ward has a great post about the perfect rejection letter.
- Anne Allen asks if depression makes you a better writer -- amazing post and references. And incidentally, I used to suffer from it, so it was right up my ally.
- A great process for finishing a WIP, outlined by the very smart Janice Hardy
- Rachelle Gardener has a run down of what's in a publishing contract. I found this very interesting.
- I missed this last week and it appeared in Nathan Bransford's This Week in Publishing -- but never fear. I mine his posts for you, yes! Here is Pimp My Novel's publishing industry misconceptions. My favorite? #1 - anyone can write a book. Eric and i agree: no they cannot!
- Holy KRAKOW! Agent Kristin Nelson talks about reading her slush pile for the first time in years, and also what problems she sees in opening pages. I'll be posting Monday about opening pages, using what I've learned around the tinterwebs and also from workshops and also crap I make up.
- What Swiss transportation can teach us about writing, from a writer living in Switzerland. I love random "what [random thing] can teach us about writing." See my one on Gordon Ramsey.
- Chip MacGregor has a list of the worst things he's seen in publishing contracts....I took notes so I know what to watch for someday. It's all up here (taps brain).
- You'd better read this form rejection from Tahereh, because a) she's very lovable and b) it made me pee my pants with laughter. Oh, the things that amuse writers.