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5.17.2012

Links for everyone! Links for writers!

OMG LOKI I KNOW RIGHT.


As always, there are so many things I want to tell you about! But I'm still post-travel running around in circles. In the meantime, please enjoy some linkage.

[UPDATE: Mary sent me this link that explains the above picture. Adorable!]


FOR EVERYONE:

"Icelandic politician moves 30-ton boulder onto his property so he can hang out with elves." The elf thing is one of the many, many reasons why Iceland is my favorite country.

• This assassin bug wears its victims' corpses as armor. Yeah. I'm totally stealing that for a future fantasy villain.

• YA author Stephanie Kuehnert wrote this moving piece for Rookie (my favorite!) about surviving bullying.

• "How to be a fan of problematic things" provides some much-needed advice.

• If you like cute comics about The Avengers, you should definitely be following Noelle's Tumblr.


FOR WRITERS:

• "Publishing is not all six-book mega-deals and twenty-year olds winning national book awards." The INTERN's healthy reminder is a must-read for struggling novelists.

• Never respond to a bad review. Unless you are MCA.

• Agent and bookseller Jennifer Laughran put together a comprehensive guide to bookstore events for published authors. As a former bookseller and current author, I found myself nodding enthusiastically in agreement throughout this entire post.

• Jennifer also wrote this helpful post about what information authors should include on their website to help booksellers.

• The discussion about race in YA literature is, thankfully, fervent and loud. Author Sarah Ockler wrote a good one here.

"Ten Things I've Learned from Anne Lamott." Lamott is the author of Bird by Bird, the ultimate modern creative-writing classic. This is an excellent refresher.

The Guardian wrote an important piece about why authors need to respect their followers.

• S. Jae-Jones, editorial assistant at St. Martin's Press, has a great article (featuring gifs of David Tennant) that explains what's happening inside a publishing house during the dreaded acquisitions process. The basic idea? LOTS. Lots is happening. 

(Published authors, have you thanked your editor lately?)

(THANK YOU, JULIE!)

16 comments:

  1. I know what I'll be doing instead of editing...

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    1. Yes, but this is WORK-RELATED clicking and, therefore, OKAY.

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  2. That photo has killed me. Sending this from beyond.

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    1. Update on the story behind the picture:

      http://www.g33kwatch.com/movies/story-of-a-five-year-old-avenger-meeting-the-avengers/

      :-)

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  3. Oh yes Loki, I approve!! Love that actor!!

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    1. Update on the story behind the picture: http://www.g33kwatch.com/movies/story-of-a-five-year-old-avenger-meeting-the-avengers/

      :-)

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    2. OH my gosh thank you for the link!!! Cuteness overload. Lovely story and lucky child!! :) Thanks!

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  4. Hey, Stephanie. Just continuing our conversation on Twitter about romance novels. I usually read contemporary romances (Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, Julie James), but have recently started reading historical romances, too. I especially like Lisa Kleypas and Patricia Cabot (a.k.a. Meg Cabot). Someone recommended Julia Quinn. I've heard of her, of course, but have never tried her books. Any romance novels that you think are must reads? I especially enjoy reading about angsty heroes and main characters who have a history. Thanks!

    Diana

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    1. Hi, there! I'm sorry for this belated reply. Unfortunately, I don't read enough romance novels to give you any good advice. BUT . . . this is my favorite romance novel review website:

      http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/

      I bet you'll find some great recommendations there! :-)

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    2. Anonymous9:43 PM GMT-5

      I go to that website on a regular basis.

      For some reason, I thought you read a lot of romances, so that's why I'd asked you. Thanks anyway!

      Diana

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  5. What a super fun picture...and a great bunch of links. Thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. Woo hoo! You're very welcome. :-)

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  6. I have been a very naughty girl. Each night, I've set time aside to write, but each night I end up grabbing one of the many books I haven't opened yet and reading until the sun rises. It is a terrible habit, I assure you. BUT! Last night, I read Anna and the French Kiss, and lo and behold, you thanked someone because without them, you would still be trapped in the first three chapters. So, realizing a kindred spirit in you, I ambled my way to your blog and BLAMMO! Writer's resource central! Thank you so much for caring about your fellow artists - I am super grateful and just ordered No Plot? No Problem. You rock, Mrs. Perkins. Oh, and I told my husband all about Rasputin and he was totally fascinated, so you rock squared.

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    1. What an AWESOME comment, Em. Thank you. I'm happy you found my resources page, and I sincerely hope it helps! No Plot? No Problem was a lifesaver for me. Chris Baty is my hero.

      Best wishes with your work. xoxo

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  7. First of it all, LOKI omg! haha really helpful post (especially the How to be a fan of problematic things and the Avengers cutes) I've just started reading your book and I can't stop, it's brilliant! and now I want to marry you and your blog but if it's not possible I'll just cuddle with my copy. Ok, I'll start being a little normal,you're an amazing person and and deserves all best life can get, oh, merry christmas and a happy new year from your very new fan xoxo

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