Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers -- May 27, 2016 Edition

A big bunch of links to last you through the long weekend. Enjoy!

> Richard Russo and Jenny Boylan team up in a Studio 360 podcast, on "Plot Twists in Books--and Life," and I can't think of a better writer-friend combo to tackle this topic.

> From the front lines (or front office, anyway) of the O.Henry Prize Stories, Kelly Luce reports, in Electric Literature, on "12 Things I Noticed While Reading Every Short Story Published in 2014-15 (or, Extremely Long Titles That Are Complete Sentences Are Still Very Much a Thing)" 

> Authors, need help coordinating book promo events? Check out Have Book Will Travel, which is "connecting authors with reading series and venues."

> On Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29, you can listen in on, and ask questions, during a select few live sessions at the Creative Nonfiction Magazine Writers Conference including "Write This Way: How to Find and Develop a Niche in Your Writing" moderated by Keysha Whitaker, with Shannon Reed, Jason Bittel, and Christina Marusic; and "Ask an Editor Panel," moderated by Ellen Ayoob, with Hattie Fletcher, Geeta Kothari, and Jessica Bylander.

> The new app Litsy aims to be a place to "share and discover your favorite books with your favorite people." At Book Riot, Brenna Clarke Gray characterizes it "as if Instagram and Goodreads had a beautiful, perfect baby."

> Looking for more places to find good links for writers? Try this "Afterthoughts" newsletter from Chantel Hamilton.

> New Pages is now doing Lit Mag Reviews. (Correction: STILL doing reviews! Don't know why I thought they were a new feature at the New Pages site. I stand corrected. Still excited to know of this resource.)

> In Britain at least, The Guardian reports that paper books are outselling ebooks.

> At the Los Angeles Review, Corey Ginsberg weighs in with some rules about rejection for writers--and for editors, too.

> Finally, earlier this week, I had a horrible, no-good, very bad Monday of rejections--four in my inbox before lunch! The next morning I found Kathleen Siddell's great funny/not-funny piece, "How to Face an Inbox of Rejection" on the Brevity blog. Bravo.

Have a great weekend!

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Melissa Sugar said...

Thank for sharing such a great link roundup. I love when bloggers do this. I know you put a lot of time and effort into finding the best articles, apps, and links for your readers to enjoy and I wanted to let you know how grateful I am. My husband has been in the hospital since May 1st. After completing the A to Z blogging challenge in April, I had high hopes of visiting all the new blogging friends I made plus I hoped to get back to a regular blogging schedule of my own, but after his emergency surgery and steady health decline I've been unable to return to much blogging at all. I can't even begin to tell you how helpful it is to read posts like yours that direct me to the best and most informative articles around the writing world. It allows me to remain somewhat connected while I'm unable to scour the web myself searching for the best of the best to read. I especially liked the Listy app. It was new to me and I just downloaded it. Thanks for the introduction to what sounds like an interesting way to stay connected with others and share thoughts about what we are reading. I'm looking forward to reading all of the other articles you spotlighted this week. Thanks again for doing all of the hard work and looping the rest of us in on such resourceful topics.

Take care,
Melissa Sugar @
Melissa Sugar Writes

Lisa Romeo said...

Hi Melissa,
What a lovely note- you really made my Friday afternoon! Thanks so very much! It's wonderful to know that the links are valuable to you. Hope you enjoy reading those of interest. And hats off to you for completing the A to Z blogging challenge; that takes commitment.
I wish you and your husband well. Take care.

Casey said...

Hi Lisa, Thanks for the shout out on the NewPages lit mag reviews. Just wanted to let you know we've been doing reviews since we first went online in 1999! Our lit mag review archive doesn't go back that far, but there's still many years of reviews your readers might enjoy browsing.

Lisa Romeo said...

Oh @Casey, how silly of me. Sorry, don't know why it appeared new to me. Well, happy to steer readers there anyway!