You have probably noticed that I have sort of slowed down the blog during these dog days of summer. For one, it’s just too hot to think. And add to that, my air conditioner hasn’t been working. And the biggest factor is that I have given up coffee, which has cost me about 15% of my personality. I am trying to remember why I thought this was such a good idea in the first place. In the meanwhile, here are some pretty good links.
Big publisher? Indie? Self Publish? Moonrat breaks down all your options.
I, too, noticed that only when the topic is “overrated” writers, the list is really diverse.
Ten excellent rules for writing fiction.
Jericho Brown on the topic of labels, or, as he calls them, adjectives.
The Kindle is a cold shower?
Not literary, I know. But, “My Humps” in sign language.
Eat, Pray, SPEND. What’s the deal with Priv-Lit?
More Kindle hateration.
Lauren Cerand is the coolest person in publishing.
Really good interview with Aimee Bender.
So you want to be an agent?
Pretty captivating depression-era photo from Puerto Rico.
I’m home from the Hurston/Wright Writers Week workshops. The experience was really intense. The class was terrific– beautiful writing and beautiful spirits. But still, I am really really tired. Next summer, I am going to limit myself to just one summer course. School will be starting in a week and I’ve much to do prepare. But enough about me. Here are some juicy links.
Hmm… You can’t help but raise your eyebrows at this.
A happy story in publishing.
Want to keep a journal, but don’t know where to start?
NPR wants to know why you write.
One editor explains why she isn’t crazy about the present tense.
Stacey D’Erasmo talks about writing over the long haul.
Book give away! Five books given away free and clear, but if you pay for postage you can really score.
Romance writers raise $61,000 for literacy!
Sarah Manguso’s secrets of revision.
Helpful links for folks trying to get published.
Baby bookworm, Fidel speaks, Muppet Bio, $139 Kindle, and other links.
Hi everyone! I’ve been sort of MIA. Family reunion was held last week in Oakdale, Louisiana. (I felt like I was in a Tyler Perry script, but Shemar never showed up!) We were celebrating the 100th anniversary of my grandmother’s birth. Willie Mae Jones has been gone about fifteen years now, but her legacy lives on with almost 100 children, grandchildren, and great grands, and even great-greats. I fell head over heels with my first cousin thrice removed, Giovanna. At the tender age of ten, she is a marvel. I came back home optimistic about the future. Look at her with her Mama.
But okay, on with the links.
Bernice MacFadden gives the director’s cut of her Washington Post article about black writers and the literary marketplace. I have lots of thoughts on this which I will post tomorrow.
Anika marks the 40th Anniversary of The Bluest Eye.
Lauren Hill is back, on NPR.
40 writers over 40. And 10 under 10.
Remembering Fred Hampton and a YA novel about (Black)Panther Parents.
Niki Herd breaks it down from Arizona.
A lawyer advises writers about copyright.
So meta, a link-bucket within a link-bucket. (Very good stuff over there.)
When submitting to an editor, It’s all about the first line.
Octavia Butler finally inducted to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
Who’s afraid of Amiri Baraka? Writing about real people in fiction.
A list of book blogs.
Great photos of homemade soccer balls.
How to stay safe on public wi-fi networks.
Indie bookstores! Indie presses!
Congratulation is Tinesha Davis who is in Tuscany on the Book In A Day Fellowship!
How awful. Jackie Mitchard, the first Oprah author and really nice person, is wiped out by a Ponzi scheme.
Terrific writing advice for you at every stage in your process.
55 Secret Street recognizes fabulous women, including little ol me.