Articles and Blogs of Interest to Writers
Fiction Factor has a useful article on how royalties are figures.
While you're there, check out their article archives and sign up for Fiction Factor ezine which is always full of great articles on writing craft and the writing profession.
Agents' pet peeves in the opening pages of a novel.
Agent Laura Bradford is interviewed on Wednesday, August 20th, 2008.
Agent Submission Times
Jessica Faust March 11th 2008 blog
Nathan Bransford, March 6, 2008
COPYRIGHT AND ELECTRONIC RIGHTS (BOOK PIRATES)
CRITIQUE PARTNER MATCH SITE
Bookends blog defining publishing terms, Thursday, August 21st, 2008
Agent Janet Reid tells you what you need to know before you sign that publishing contract http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/2008/08/ten-things-to-know-if-you-go-commando.html
WRITERS AND WILLS
An excellent blog on the subject by Neil Gaiman which includes a PDF form that writers can use to explain their wishes on their works.
A BOOK PUBLISHER'S MANIFESTO FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
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TRENDS IN CURRENT GENRE MARKETS (2008) "Writer's Digest" has its popular fiction report available online.
Be sure to click the link directly below the title that offers a further breakdown of types of books. It has an excellent list of the types of romance, mystery, etc.
WRITING THE PITCH PARAGRAPHS Agent Kristin Nelson has an interesting series of blogs (starting April 25 through May 6th, 2008) on creating the pitch paragraph or paragraphs about your book for a query letter. http://pubrants.blogspot.com/
RESEARCH GROUPS FOR WRITERS
Crimescenewriter: Crime Scene Questions for Writers
A large membership with lots of experts and questions. Very mystery oriented. It tends to stay on subject with little chatter.
Most questions seem to be fantasy and historical based. Some mystery questions. Fairly small membership so messages aren't as frequent. Most, if not all, members are writers, not experts. Not much chatter.
Weapons_Info : Weapons Info and Survival
Medium-sized group with lots of experts on mayhem of all sorts. Covers contemporary and historical weapons, etc. Very little chatter off topic. My personal favorite resource group.
Large group specializing in mystery questions. Includes readers as well as writers. I've seen no nonwriter expert replies. Lots of chatter, bickering, sniping, and off-subject discussions as well as discussions on publishing. A heavy traffic list.
Small group that bills itself as a bulletin board for writing-related information. Not much email generated. The same people do most of the posting.
USING REAL PEOPLE IN FICTION (LEGAL ISSUES)
PNWriters (Paranormal romance and urban fantasy):http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PNWriters
Paranormal Mystery: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Paranormal_Mystery
Worlds of Fantasy http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Worlds_Of_Fantasy
A series of blogs on book promotion from agent and former book publicist, Colleen Lindsay.