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It’s been a long week, what with tax returns, Fur-Face edits, parents of college-bound students meetings and last night’s game of It’s 3:00am, I’m awake so you should be too, dad with my eldest daughter. I’ve hardly been on Live Journal since Monday but I've now finished catching up with about 800 posts on my f-list. 
 
Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week: 

  
 
How to Make the Perfect Pitch (Without Striking Out)
by way of
Kathryn Craft   
 
The Future of Publishing (DK)
by way of April Henry aka aprilhenry
 
Novel Survey Results Part II [Part I is linked from here] (Jim C. Hines aka jimhines)
 
Pitching to agents: How to throw a fiction fast ball (Kathryn Craft)
 
Negotiating Short Story Contracts (Ripley Patton aka rippatton)
 
Aswiebe’s Market List Update 2010-03
by way of Abra SW (aka cloudscudding)
 
PodCastle and Escape Artists Flashz Fiction Contests (Dave Thompson aka krylr)
 
Critique Partners (Victoria Schwab aka veschwab)
 
My writing life… um not what I expected (Stephanie L. Weippert aka slweippert)
 
The Secret Strength of Killer Queries: Specificity (Nathan Bransford)

Deep Impact [Most readers don't know (or care!) who publishes what books] (Karen W. Newton aka karen_w_newton)

Older Writers Grant  [Available from The Speculative Literature Foundation]
by way of Jennifer Dawson aka jdawson001)

Advice from the Slush Pile (Edward Greaves aka temporus)

 

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.

 



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cathschaffstump
Mar. 19th, 2010 11:02 am (UTC)
Nice to see you again. I was getting curious.

Catherine
jongibbs
Mar. 19th, 2010 11:07 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
bogwitch64
Mar. 19th, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
As always, thanks, Jon!

I too was up during that hour last night. We could have had virtual tea. :)
jongibbs
Mar. 19th, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
No we couldn't, I was too busy trying to get some virtual sleep :(
bogwitch64
Mar. 19th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
I was drinking warm milk and reading. :(
karen_w_newton
Mar. 19th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
The Jim Hines analysis is fascinating! I had seen the first part, but had not realized there was a part II. Thanks for pointing it out!
mtlawson
Mar. 19th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
He's going to work on a Part III (and then release the raw data) after he gets back from Millenicon this weekend. (Which I'm unfortunately not attending.)
karen_w_newton
Mar. 19th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
I think there is a con every single weekend, somewhere in the world!
mtlawson
Mar. 19th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm sure there is, but this one is in my neck of the woods. It's just that family stuff is preventing us from attending.
jongibbs
Mar. 19th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
I know there's one next week - The Write Stuff conference in PA. I'll be there :)
tracy_d74
Mar. 19th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
Well done . . . again. The video about pitching was cute.
jongibbs
Mar. 19th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
The one about the future of publishing is very clever. well worth watching.
tracy_d74
Mar. 19th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
very clever in deed! i wonder how long it took them to arrange the words to they flowed like that front to back.
jongibbs
Mar. 20th, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)
I'm always impressed with clever stff like that :)
avocadovpx
Mar. 20th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
>> if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.

How could you leave out "Useful things I learned about writing from roleplaying" by World Fantasy Award-winner Jo Walton (papersky)?
jongibbs
Mar. 20th, 2010 11:47 am (UTC)
That's a great post, but I do have a valid reason for noit including it... until you posted the link, I'd never read papersky's journal :P
cloudscudding
Mar. 20th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
Thanks for linking!
jongibbs
Mar. 20th, 2010 11:49 am (UTC)
You're welcome, Alba. The Aswiebe market list seems like a most useful tool :)
bondo_ba
Mar. 20th, 2010 11:39 am (UTC)
Thanks again for these lists. I love clicking the links I haven't seen!
jongibbs
Mar. 20th, 2010 11:50 am (UTC)
I hope I didn't miss any good ones - I scanned through four days worth of f-list in one go yesterday.
creatinglifegm.blogspot.com
Mar. 20th, 2010 11:47 am (UTC)
Hey Jon! Just posted a blog today that I would love included in this list next week Friday. Check it out and if you deem it worthy and/or informative I'd love a little help in getting it out there.

http://creatinglifegm.blogspot.com/2010/03/self-publishing-your-demo-tape.html

I appreciate it and thanks for another great list this week!

Geoff
jongibbs
Mar. 20th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
Hi Geoff,

That's an interesting way of looking at self-publishing, though I'm not sure I agree with the analogy. I've been thinking about posting a follow up to the self-pub debate from the other week. If you don't mind, I'll use your post as a starting point.

By the way, l looked for an RSS feed on your blog, but you don't have one that I could see. If you set one up, please let me know.
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