Interesting Links for 5-21-2010

What I Am Reading

This has been a crazy week, so I didn’t get much reading time, but I have finished Steamed: A Steampunk Romance by Katie MacAlister and will be posting my review next week.

Submitting

While I’d be cautious about some of the style tips at the very end, this process for constructing a synopsis is similar to what I taught in my synopsis class and can be quite effective:
http://www.writing-world.com/publish/synopsis.shtml

Debunking the myths of just what a rejection letter means:
http://www.booksandsuch.biz/blog/queryfail-debunking-the-myths/

Science

Dangerous research that could be abused…in a story or novel. A woman’s touch makes men more willing to take risks.
http://www.livescience.com/culture/Woman-Touch-Risk-Taking-100512.html

For anyone who’s ever dreamed of being in space, here’s a tour of the space station. Notice how everything is stored on every surface and watch how they maneuver about. There is no real floor or ceiling here. Orientation is a matter of convenience:
http://www.sfwa.org/2010/05/tour-of-the-international-space-station/

Unconscious sexism persists in writing based on 16th century influences:
http://www.world-science.net/othernews/100316_names

Publishing

A teen’s perspective on the high schools portrayed in YA movies and novels. While maybe not everything is true of all schools, she makes a lot of strong points:
http://inwhichagirl.blogspot.com/2010/05/strange-things-about-high-school-in-ya.html

Two different perspectives on the question of whether writers can live off their writing:
http://oinks.squeetus.com/2010/05/ts-eliot-paid-taxes-too.html
http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?p=1121

Research

Though my dips into historical fiction have so far been Regency or Medieval, here’s a list of suggestions for Victorian age. I can second the book What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew (Pool, Daniel – 1993) for a fascinating look into the period.
http://gailcarriger.livejournal.com/135601.html

Promoting/Selling

An explanation of why posting your book reviews on Amazon is important. It directly benefits your authors’ visibility:
http://kittythomas.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/why-your-review-matters-on-amazon/

Writing

Insight into what captures the 4th grade mind:
http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/Tips+On+Writing+Middle+Grade+What+Kids+Love.aspx

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