What a week! My visits are always a whirlwind of meetings, lunches, meetings, meetings, drinks, meetings, and meetings, but it’s always fun to be here, get a sense of the pulse and make new connections. And thankfully the weather decided to take mercy on me – I was worried there for a moment.
Now then! I did keep track of some of the news and links this week, and I aim to share a few of them with you. Oh – did I mention I’m writing this from my iPad? First iPad-generated post on the blogt! History being made. Only not really. (Please be extra forgiving of typos!)
The cool kids over at Shrinking Violet Promotions have a terrific post on how best to develop a personal brand as an author. The key? Letting it evolve naturally. Much much more in the post, and definitely worth reading.
In this day and age when everyone is wondering what the next vampire/angels/post-apocalyptic/zombies is going to be, agent Rachelle Gardner has a good reminder about what’s happening when publishers buy books in hot genres:, it’s often about what’s selling.
Agent Jim McCarthy from Dystel & Goderich attended a writers conference where they asked him to be positive in a speech, and it got him thinking – are we in publishing actually too nice?
Comment! Of! The! Week! goes to Laurel. Lots of people mentioned overuse of the word “just” as one of their writing tics, but I loved Laurel’s way of showing it:
I just can’t stop using the word just. It’s just so invisible that it just keeps creeping into my MSs no matter how many times I just search and destroy it.
And finally, an enterprising mixologist has created a new cocktail and called it the Literary Agent: part whisky sour, part Hemingway daiquiri. On that note…
Have a great 4th of July weekend!!