WWW – Links of Interest

Art of Character– About characterization – the five cornerstones of dramatic characterization. One delightful tidbit from this link is “Characterization requires a constant back-and-forth between the exterior events of the story and the inner life of the character.” And goes on to discuss why these five essentials are important

Top 10 Writing Tips from Joss Whedon – Joss Whedon’s top 10 writing tips – “1. FINISH IT“. This first one is very important and something that writer’s sometimes struggle with. I know I did for a long time. I still have more than half a million (okay slight exaggeration) started but not finished. Check the link to see the other tips.

Write Something/ – Permission to fail and the feeling of stuckness

Overcome Internal Naysayers– Overcoming those NDDs (what I call Negative Doubt Demons) or Internal Naysayers.

Your Own Best Employee – Freelancing and how to be a good employee. A recent writer as employee/boss/self-employed came up in my writing/goals group so this seemed timely.

From Around the Web

Rachelle Gardner: Literary Agent – Write from the Heart? Or Follow Trends? – And asks: “Q4U: How do you balance “follow your heart” with “follow the market”?”

Nathan Bransford: Literary Agent – Agents Are Not Just Gatekeepers – One line worth noting: “We’re not middle-men, we’re on the author’s side.”

From The Bradford Bunch by Jenn Bennett – Plotting an Evangelical Lesson –  Lines worth noting: “As someone who started out pantsing and switched to plotting, I’m here to tell you that plotting has saved my life. The peace of mind it’s provided is…priceless”

From The Graveyard Shift – Tips for the Heroes in Your Books – “8. Always call for back up if there’s a weapon involved. Being a dead hero isn’t a good thing.”

From Querytracker.net (from Mary Lindsey) – Manuscript Length – Opening Line: “How long should a novel manuscript be?” – This is one of those oft asked questions worth checking out.

From Genreality (Bob Mayer) – Creativity – “We have blocks to creativity and then ways around those blocks.”

BI3M Update as of last night –

True Darkness 27000/80,000 words

33.75% done

I’m going to try to get 3K today so I’ll be at an even 30K

Info Roundup – Friday Edition

The interesting posts from the people in the book world this week.

The Rappaport Agency is Closing

Kirkus Reviews to Close

Warrior Writers – Are You a WRITER or an AUTHOR?

Evil Editor – Writing Exercise (EE is visited by Ghost of Christmas Past, Deadline Sunday, 10 AM eastern.)

Authors Advising Authors #6 – Allyson James

Royalties First and Second Hand

Why Third Party Royalties Matter

Nathan Bransford – Should Publishers Delay E-Book Releases?

Agent Advice – Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary Services

Lucienne Diver – Publishing Futures

The Simple Dollar – The Best Career Advice: Do Stuff (Not necessarily book world related but still interesting.)

Deadline Dames – Getting Published

Edittorrent – Deep POV

Genreality – What Do You Want To Be?

Info Round Up

This weeks info round up about the publishing and book industry.

Research Bulletin: Reducing Prejudice with Fiction

Genreality – Bob Mayer Post – Fear

Die Hard Romance Girl By Jordan Summers – Romancing the Blog

Lauren Dane – Writerly Wednesday – Kassia Krozser – Publishing Will Never Be The Same, Long Live Publishing!

Writer Beware Blogs – Blurred Distinctions: Vanity Publishing vs Self Publishing

Paperback Writer – Readabilty

Does Knowing Your Audience Result in Better Writing?

Gift Guide for Writers

Nathan Bransford: You Tell Me: Will You Ever Buy Mostly E-Books?

Jenny Bent – Announcement for YA and Middle Grade Authors

Nathan Bransford: How to Respond to a Manuscript Critique/Editorial Letter

Vanity vs Subsidy vs…

There is a lot of buzz around the internet due to the Harlequin  Horizons launch and the RWA reaction to the Harlequin Horizons launch.

I’m not going to get into a debate on whether HH is vanity or subsidy or what-have-you.

But here are a few links for you to get more information and decide for yourself.

Harlequin Horizons

Dear Author – Malle Valik answers questions on Harlequin Horizons

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books – Want to Self-Publish…

PR Newswire

Absolute Write (Water Cooler)

Publishers Weekly

Writers Beware Blog

Pub Rants – Agent Kristin Nelson’s Blog – Exploitation or Empowerment & And I Thought the Furor was Bad Yesterday

Info Round Up 2

Some links from around the publishing industry –

Writers Digest – 24 Agents who want your work

Justine Larbalestier – NaNo Tip #12 – Turn the Internet Off

Scott Westerfield – NaNo Tip #11 – Passages of Disbelief

Justine Larbalestier – NaNo Tip #10 – Don’t Skip the Tricky Bits

Scott Westerfield – NaNo Tip #9 – Meta-Documents

Marketing Info Highlight – Duotrope Digest

Storytelling in 12 Easy Steps

Hunger Mountain is seeking submissions

Rachelle Gardner – How To Write A Query Letter

Info Round Up

Interesting links from within and around the publishing industry –

How to Avoid Getting An Agent (Line that stood out most from article – Many of us Google your name if we like your writing and are considering discussing representation with you.)

On Queries and Attitude

This Week in Publishing (posted last Friday by Nathan Bransford – lots of good links)

Warrior Writers Blog – Sowing the Seeds

Nano Tip #1: Dialog Spine from Scott Westerfeld

Nano Tip #2: The Zen of First (Zero) Drafts from Justine Larbalestier

Nano Tip #3: Dialog Spine Analysis

Nano Tip #4: Word Count is not Everything from Justine Larbalestier