*I know one is not supposed to worry about the number of one's blog followers, but it's still really nice.
Now! The momentous first World-Famous Google Reader Roundup of February 2011!
- Samuel Park has a fabulous list of publishers who take unagented submissions.
- Meghan Ward has one of the most thoughtful and well-rounded posts on the whole Tiger Mom thing I've seen.
- My uncle Vince continues his series of posts on exactly how treacherous some self-publishing companies can be...unfortunately including his own. (Note: he does not name his, but I know the name, and I can tell you that Absolute Write does not list it as one of the worst offenders.) This latest post on the company's "buy back" program is truly harrowing. Read to know when to run!
- A fabulous story from Julie Dao on how to present yourself, learned by observing the different styles of island women vying to braid her hair. Typical lyrical writing from Julie.
- Rachelle Gardener gives us a primer on author-agency agreements.
- A fabulous post from Jody Hedlund on the benefits of writing contests for both published and unpublished authors.
- Author Allison Pang talks about her book being pirated, and links to some great posts about the issue, including for and against arguments.
- This one's a bit late but still worth it. Mr. Tell it like it is, Chuck Wendig at Terrible Minds, gives us 10 reasons our novel isn't likely to be published.
- Via Janet Reid, Suzie Townsend at Fine Print has this amusing post about why calling agencies is NEVER EVER COOL, even if you think it might be. Also note that this blog is maintained by her and Fine Print Lit intern Meredith Barnes, and agent Joanna Stampfel-Volpe. Bonus!
- Here are the winner and runners up of Nathan Bransford's first paragraph contest. Worth reading because he points out what worked about each winning entry.
- The Rejectionist makes the announcement that she's about to become the Rejected. (Seriously, best wishes to her!)
- Roni Loren has a spectacular (as usual!) post on why we really can't have many sacred cows in our writing.
- Kristen Lippert-Martin reminds us why it's important to read outside our genre.