Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Writing and Must Read Resources

School's out!

I've been writing quite a bit this week. It feels good to have uninterrupted time to do so. I'm working towards having a complete 1st draft before leaving for Chautauqua. Wish me luck!

I've read quite a few interesting blog articles lately, and I'd like to share some of my favorites.

For those of you who blog and use social networking to market yourselves, here are two articles you might be interested in reading. The first is from SocialMedia Examiner: 5 Easy Steps to a Winning Social Media Plan.

On the flip side, I found this article about The Hidden Costs of Social Networking posted on Chip's Blog (MacGregor Literary)

This post left me hopeful... How the Intern Reads Your Proposal, by Lauren at BookEnds, LLC - A Literary Agency.

Query Tracker Blog has a terrific post about Providing Better Critiques: Being Detailed in Your Feedback.

Marissa Graff and Martina Boone have a wonderful blog called Adventures in Children's Publishing. Their Pre-submission Checklist is an excellent piece of advice to anyone beginning the submission process.

And finally, Sara B. Larson had Elana Johnson as a guest poster on her blog. The topic: "Finish Strong!!!" Elana includes her "embarrassing stats" on her way to publication. This is a MUST read for any writer who is discouraged about rejections.

Keep Writing!


Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Thanks for all the links, Nora!

Do you know who your mentor will be at Chautauqua?

Nora MacFarlane said...

Not yet. We had to have our chapters submitted by June 1st. Maybe by the end of June?

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Thanks for the links!

Marcia said...

Great links. I especially like the Chip McGregor one, because the poster suggests how to measure what we're getting out of the time investment. Networking is important, but if we're specifically trying to MARKET, then we need to put our time and effort toward what produces the most sales, whatever that turns out to be.

Nora MacFarlane said...

I agree, Marcia. I had not thought about it that way before I read the article. I've curbed my facebook/twitter habit significantly, because right now, it doesn't serve me much more than as a distraction from writing. That might change once I'm published, but I'll definitely consider cost/benefits when the time comes.