Friday Links

TGIF! I hope you all had a terrific week and made some excellent plans for the weekend! The weather appears to be doing strange things all over the country right now, so it might be a great weekend to stay inside with a good book and/or work on your current writing project. Whatever you’re up to, I hope you enjoy the links I’ve lined up for today. At the very least, they should make for some good Friday-afternoon distraction. Happy writing!

How Will I Live? Fame, Money, Day Jobs, and Fiction Writing – An interesting look at what makes the perfect day job for a writer.

Latino Spec Fiction, April 2015 – A wonderful roundup of new speculative fiction by Latino authors for those of you looking to broaden your horizons and/or diversify your to-read list.

Her Stinging Critiques Propel Young Adult Bestsellers – A profile of Julie Strauss-Gabel, an editor at Dutton Children’s Books and the power behind numerous recent successful YA titles.

Competitions for Writers, May and June 2015 – A list of upcoming contests, prizes, etc. for writers.

Vladimir Nabokov on What Makes a Good Reader – The author’s thoughts on how to get the most out of your reading.

3 thoughts on “Friday Links

  1. So many people were “atwitter” on Twitter about that article with Ms. Strauss-Gabel, and I must admit I don’t quite understand why. Any thoughts? Publishing industry people seemed really angry/annoyed! I thought it seemed like a nice article…

    1. I was in catch-up mode following my vacation when the profile first came out, so I’m afraid I missed the immediate reaction in social media, but I’m not surprised it caused chatter. I think there were probably writers who felt that too much emphasis was put on the work of the editor, and not enough on the fact that she has the seniority and clout to sign on a small list of very talented authors who are the ones doing the real heavy lifting in these scenarios. Likewise, editors generally have far bigger lists and don’t have the luxury of putting in so much time working on a manuscript, simply due to sheer number of projects crossing their desks. So it certainly wasn’t a representative look at the industry, and I’m sure there were other issues as well. But I thought it was worth sharing because it does give an interesting look inside one editor’s work and process.

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