Thursday, March 16, 2006


Surfing the best of the writer blogs so you don’t have to.

At Flogging, Ray's latest edit shows why prologues aren't the best way into a story...DVC trial takes a poignant turn: now Dan Brown's wife (and principle researcher for the book) is under fire, and Brown is fuming...Buzzgirl tells us what summer releases Farrar, Straus, and Geroux are excited about...Paperback Writer blogs about budget marketing....Sarah at Confessions has some news on editor shakeups at the latest publishing houses....

At Blurred Line, Cavan is offering a special on Apodis, a POD publisher. We confess to not knowing much about PODs, but those who are interested must check this deal out...yet another blogger contemplates shifting platforms, this time it's Jack Slyde....AC Crispin blogs on the importance of using all your senses AND experiences when writing...Miss Snark on the Nifty Fifty, the first 50 pages of a novel (her judgement: in most cases they are the result of the author faffing around until he/she gets down to it)...Slushpile has an interview with author Michael Flocker...Alphabet Soup blogs about Kissy Bits, a podcast for romance writers....Grumpy Old Bookman has a new post up about the Macmillan New Writing astrological forecasts are up at Astrology for Writers. This time, "an eclipse in late Virgo" on March 14th is wreaking havoc. We have no idea what it means, either....Candy and Sarah skewer covers featuring swords, a topic rife with double entendres, including ours....Agent 007 has returned to the blogworld...and the word of the day can be found here. Many fine books and cartoons have revolved around this word...Bookslut features a snippet from John Updike. We never get enough of him.


Blogger Therese Walsh said...

Just in case that apt and hilarious use of the word-of-the day, megalomania, disappears on the site tomorrow, I'm cut-pasting it here; it's too good to lose...

"Eighteen months generally elapse nowadays between the time a publisher accepts a manuscript and its appearance in book form -- the gestation period of an elephant. During that year and a half of waiting, a writer is visited by every emotion in the fun house, from rosy anticipation to exultation, megalomania, brooding, dread, cringing humility, avarice, guilt and, finally, stolid acceptance."

Too true.

And what is the deal with Virgos, I ask you? Take a break? Right!

11:33 AM  
Blogger Elena Greene said...

As far as astrology goes, I'm an Aries and I never fit the profile they describe. So don't let up on your wip, Therese!

OTOH I liked their prediction for me this year: "'06 will bring offers. Nice ones."

Maybe there's something to it after all.

Elena :)

1:11 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Bolton said...

Mine is more yammering about contract talk...meh.

1:33 PM  

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