Have a beautiful Christmas. If you don't celebrate Christmas, then have a beautiful day anyway.
- Agent Kevan Lyon and author Anjali Banerjee weigh in at Romance University on the subject of women's fiction and how it's selling as a genre. It's great to hear from an agent and author in this field, and even more great to hear the consistent message that I hear from agents: Women's fiction is a perennial seller, always.
- Via Twitter I found this beautiful 5 minute view of the history of the world from BBC, from the British Museum. Quite visually stunning.
- Anne Allen gives a pretty well rounded list of ways to find topics to blog about in her fourth installment of her wildly popular How to Blog series--and it totally has become a series! Also she mentions me and I squeed over that.
- Meghan Ward posts her own version of my holiday gift ideas for writers, with full credit to moi (thanks Meghan). This link listed here is a bit late now seeing as it's Christmas Eve, however I think the list is a fine one to keep handy and spend all those B&N and Amazon gift cards you're getting for Christmas. I hope. (Cause that's what *I* asked for.)
- Mia Hayson lists ways to effectively edit.
- Roni Loren hosts another fabulous guest post by author Tiffany Reisz (who, by the way, is filthy in all the right ways--yeah I said it Tiffany! Mmmmm mmmm) on book releases.
- Jane Friedman's 10 best tweets of 2010-- a great wrap up.
- Google's new ngrams, explained by Nathan Bransford.
- The HuffPo, which recently published a story on another area of its site with a photo credited to "AP File" when in fact the photo was taken from a press release I put out for my company and the photo was in fact one of our project photos-- just saying--and then didn't respond when I sent an email pointing out the fact --also just saying-- featured a link to an AOL Daily Finance story that Julian Assange has just landed a book deal. Perhaps he will write about how he raped women and got away with it. Oooh, yes I did just say it.
- Rachelle Gardener asks, will all good writers be published? It's a good question and the answer is definitely not all-- except if your name is Julian Assange, apparently.
- Via Dystel & Goderich, here's the top 10 books people checked out of the Seattle Library in 2010. Some you might expect but others I was pleasantly surprised with, especially "I Stink" which is a huge favorite in my house.
- Janet Reid lists the books that knock her socks off this year that she read. Especially interested if you're planning to query her.
- Jane Friedman's best posts of 2010-- another great roundup of info.