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Friday, April 23, 2010

Publishing Pulse: 4/23/2010

Enter Our Agent-Judged Contest!

The QueryTracker Blog is hosting another Agent-Judged Contest! 

WhoChris Richman of Upstart Crow Literary wants to read your one-sentence pitch. 

When: The contest will open this coming Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 6:00 a.m. EST and will remain open for 24 hrs -- the brave Mr. Richman is not capping entries!

Genres: Mr. Richman is looking for Middle Grade and Young Adult ONLY.

What to submit: 25 word (or less) one-sentence pitch.
  • You must be a follower of the QTblog to enter.
  • You must be a member of QueryTracker.net (membership is free)


We're coming up on conference season!  Here are just a few highlights (none of which are intended to suggest we endorse a particular workshop over another -- they're just to whet your appetite).  You can find more conferences on Shaw Guides.

The May Backspace Writers Conference is held in NYC and still has some spots open.  The conference will be hosting a plethora of agents, authors, editors, and publishing professionals (see the conference site for more details).

The 70th Indiana University Writer's Conference is coming up in June and includes faculty-led workshops on fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

The 25th Annual Antioch Writers' Workshop near Dayton, Ohio is coming up in July for writers of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and memoir, and welcomes beginning, intermediate, and advanced writers.

The Southern California Writers' Conference is held in September in San Diego, LA, and Palm Springs.  Talk about not being able to go wrong when it comes to location!

Editorial Ass blogged about the Sirens festival, an October conference in Vail, Colorado about women in fantasy literature.  Sounds exciting!

Around the Internet

According to writing coach Daphne Gray-Grant, the ability to tell stories in your nonfiction writing makes it "sticky, concrete, and memorable."  Read more on Quips and Tips for Successful Writers.

The Blood-Red Pencil has a great piece explaining the hows and whys of what good dialogue is not: Dialogue is Not Necessarily How We Talk.

Jane Friedman talks about how technology like the Kindle, iPhone, and yes, the iPad, are impacting writers.

Rachelle Gardner and her blog readers tackle the question: Should Writing Be Fun?

Guide to Literary Agents helps you decide whether (and how) to Collaborate With a Co-Writer.


MAGolla said...

GAK!! I've managed to get my pitch from 32 words to 28, but can't find three more words to cut!! Do 'a's count????

Stina said...

Double GAK!! I have to cut one word. At least he was smart to put a cap on the word count.

Thanks, Carolyn, for the great links.

Joanne Brothwell said...

Soo exciting!

Deb Salisbury, Magic Seeker and Mantua-Maker said...

Great links, thanks! (And my pitch is exactly 25 words - Yay!)

Kristal Shaff said...

I'm assuming that it has to be a completed novel, eh?