Agent Kristin Nelson talks about why unpublished authors may not want to detail their endless queries and rejections online.And now some goodness from the rest of the bloggy world:
Agent Jessica Faust talks about why an unpublished author needs patience while waiting for an agent to sell his or her book. Because sometimes? It takes a really long time to sell that manuscript.
At agent Caren Johnson's blog, several folks are guest-blogging with great posts: author Barbara Caridad Ferrer talks about how to work with your editor and YA author Stephanie Kuehnert tries to answer that age-old question: what exactly is YA?
Agent Nathan Bransford talks about when - and whether - to list your publishing credits in a query letter.
At Editorial Ass, Sekrit Editor Moonrat talks about how never ever to interact with an editor. Upon pain of death. I would venture to say that most of this applies to interacting with agents as well.
Agent Jennifer Jackson discusses writing in multiple genres here and here.
At Redlines and Deadlines (which all of you writerly types should be reading every day!) good discussions on, well...everything! Just go read the whole blog.
First of all, since I have been so very very remiss in my linking, I want to point you toward a couple of folks who've been taking up the slack and doing a fine job (a far better job than I could ever do, frankly!) of keeping atop the SF/F book world with timely link round-ups. They are:
Speaking of SF Signal (we were; look up there!), there is yet another fabulous Mind Meld posted, this time discussing whether modern YA SF/F is too explicit. Really great discussion. Read the comments thread as well. Also at SF Signal, a review of Gregory Frost's Shadowbridge.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks at Isaac Asimov's recently re-released first novel Pebble in the Sky, as well as Iain M. Banks' Matter and George R.R. Martin's Inside Straight.
Andrew Wheeler also discusses Matter. Also, Andy looks at The Dragons of Babel by Michael Swanwick.
At Omnivoracious, Jeff VanderMeer talks up John Joseph Adams' most excellent anthology Wastelands, the Arthur C. Clarke Award nominees, and Toby Barlow's werewolf-novel-as-free-verse Sharp Teeth.
Meanwhile, back at Gilligan's Island, er, um, I mean Jeff's own blog, he's started a great new feature that focuses on published short story writers who have not yet had a book published. Called Conversations with the Bookless, this is a remarkable series of interviews and well worth investing some time reading. His latest interview is with Rjurik Davidson. Check it out! Also, a wonderful post on Creative Writing Tips for Beginners. I applaud each and every one of these tips, especially #1.
Fantasy Book Critic has new reviews of The Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner, Black Ships by Jo Graham, and Mad Kestrel by Missy Massey.
At SF Scope, a new review of Galaxy Blues by Allen Steele and Marseguro by Edward Willett. Also, an interview with Michele Lang, author of Netherwood.
A new issue of SF Site is up with their lists of The Best of 2007 (a great list!), plus reviews of The New Weird, edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, Magdalen Rising by Elizabeth Cunningham and more.
Also, a new issue of SF Revu is up, with reviews of Barth Anderson's The Magician and the Fool (also, an interview with the author), Madhouse by Rob Thurman, The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison, Prodigal by Marc Giller (I loved this book!), The Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie, and Dark Wraith of Shannara, an original Shannara graphic novel by Terry Brooks, Robert Place Napton and Edwin David. Plus tons more!