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First up, some great causes in the publishing-o-sphere. Brenda Novak’s annual Diabetes Research Auction is in full effect, and I’m donating a partial critique with follow-up phone call. There are lots of other great prizes, including a partial critique from Kristin Nelson, a query/proposal evaluation plus conversation with Jessica Faust, and much much more. Also, authors Victoria Schwab, Amanda Morgan, and Myra McEntire are hosting an auction to benefit Nashville, so check that out as well.
Longtime reader/commenter and maven of the Public Query Slushpile Rick Daley is soliciting submissions for a cool experiment. He posted a prompt and is asking people to submit a query and first five pages based on the prompt. The questions under exam: is it really harder to write a query than the pages? How different will the resulting pages be? Can’t wait to see the result.
Some big news afoot as Google looks set to enter the e-book sphere very soon as they will start selling e-books under the banner Google Editions. Details (and pricing) are still being worked out, but it looks as if they’ll use a device agnostic cloud model, where you can access books from any device, sync up when you move from one device to another, etc. etc.
Word nerds rejoice!! The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary has been released, which has apparently been forty-four years in the making. Costing $422.75 and coming WITH AN INSTRUCTION MANUAL, the Historical Thesaurus is indispensable for tracking the history of the English language and when words entered the lexicon. If that’s the kind of thing you like to do for fun.
Meanwhile, in our coming e-book era VQR notes one of the things we might lose along the way: intriguing notes and inscriptions.
In agent advice news, Mary Kole would like you to make sure you know the rules of your category before you break them, Roseanne Wells has some great advice on papering over plot holes with dragons (or any out of left field plot contrivance), and Agency Gatekeeper has some great dos and don’ts when it comes to writing your Acknowledgments.
There’s another book-related social networking site in the works, as Pearson in the UK is set to re-launch Spinebreakers, a site aimed at teen readers.
This week in the Forums, please remember that we have a dedicated forum for finding Critique Partner(s), Google is investing in an app that predicts the future, people discuss the strategy of testing an idea by writing a query before you start the book, and fess up about how long it’s been taking to finish their WIP, and…. well, now we’re just laughing about what’s happening on Lost.
Comment! Of! The! Week! goes to Sam Hranac, who has a great list of characteristics to know for each of your characters.
And finally, it’s not book related but anything Star Wars related will always get my attention: Lego Star Wars Trilogy in Two Minutes!
Have a great weekend!