Interesting Links for 4-23-2010

What I’m Reading

I finished Dark of Night by Suzanne Brockmann this week. As usual, she sucks me into her world and makes me care about the people. I wasn’t particularly drawn to military romance/thrillers, possibly because I spent my young childhood on the edge of that world, but she makes it all about the individuals.

This is not the first of Michael J. DeLuca’s stories I’ve read in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and it says something that after countless other stories between then and now, I can still remember the evocative feel of Of Thinking Being and Beast. The Circus of King Minos’ Masque does the same excellent job of dragging me into a world and a key moment where everything depends on what you’d sacrifice to own yourself. Enjoy: http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/story.php?s=86

Writing

Rachelle Gardner on keeping track of key information both before and after you sign your first contract:
http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2010/04/keeping-track-of-things.html

A good evaluation of the different types of plotholes and why they must be squashed:
http://www.plottopunctuation.com/blog/show/73

Submission

A wonderfully fresh look at rejection letters that’s absolutely worth the time to read:
http://writetodone.com/2010/04/16/why-rejection-letters-are-great/

How to handle the moments right after contact from an editor or agent who is interested in your book:
http://blog.bookviewcafe.com/2010/04/19/writing-nowadays-a-time-to-squee/

Publication

People talk about leaving the day job, but often without a real sense of what that means. Richard Curtis, an agent, breaks down the costs and benefits here:
http://ereads.com/2010/04/take-this-job-and-shove-it-2.html

Why publishers don’t market and promote all the books they publish:
http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/2010/04/19/WhyDontPublishersMarketPromoteTheBooksTheyPublish.aspx

My current WIP is an urban fantasy with a heavy paranormal romance leaning, so heavy it might topple over once I’m done. This gives me every reason to be fascinated with this exploration of the lines between the two subgenres (Don’t let the site name scare you. This post at least is not explicit):
http://www.dirtysexybooks.com/Dirty_Sexy_Books/Home/Entries/2010/4/20_Books_That_Blur_The_Line__Part_One.html

Science

Not sure what this changes, but it sure makes Jean Auel look good:
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2010/04/early-humans-may-have-bred-wit.html

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2 Responses to Interesting Links for 4-23-2010

  1. Alex Fayle says:

    As always Mar, you do my research for me and leave me with a whole bunch of great reads! Thanks!

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