Friday Finds for Writers

The weekly collection of writing-related resources, news, and reflections to read over the weekend.

  • Some practical tips from GalleyCat: “5 Ways to Find an Agent for Your Book.”
  • Sad to say, if you’ve got a short-story collection to sell, it’s possible that not even the most diligent agent search may yield representation. It’s a common experience we short-story writers encounter, as Becky Tuch noted this week in “Nice Short Story Collection. But Do You Have a Novel?”
  • A litmag editor shares “5 quick & dirty submission tips that you won’t find in anyone’s submission guidelines.” (via Diane Lockward’s poetry newsletter)
  • Speaking of litmags: I’ve long recommended (and relied on, and occasionally donated to) Duotrope’s litmag database. Now, Duotrope has announced that it will begin charging for full access to/benefits from its site. Lots of chatter about this online this week. What say you? I’ll share this: I haven’t decided if I’ll subscribe myself, but I have purchased a six-month gift subscription as a birthday present for a writer friend.
  • The Writer magazine previews a slew of writing-related books slated for publication in 2013. (Could be especially useful for those of you mapping out possible book reviews for 2013.)
  • Finally, a lovely essay on writing by author Silas House. I can’t even summarize it. Please just give it a read.
  • Have a great weekend, everyone. See you back here on Monday!

    8 thoughts on “Friday Finds for Writers

    1. Tina says:

      Thx again Erika! I enjoy reading your offerings as well as sharing them with my friends and FB.


    2. The Tuch and House essays are excellent. Thanks for circulating them.

    3. Amy Morgan says:

      What a gem this Friday Finds is. Loved Karyna McGlynn’s submission tips and Silas House’s essay was the best 1o minutes I’ve spent today. That’s a keeper! Another wonderful nudge to a writing weekend – thanks Erika!

    4. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thanks, all! I love knowing which links somehow “speak” to you especially clearly. Have a great weekend!

    5. A Writer says:

      Those 5 tips for submissions were really great. Never heard of the gulf coast before too, it looks good.

      Keep up the good work/writing.

    6. Loved the Silas House essay. I am about to go to the grocery store myself as my own character King Neptune to get some daily fodder before the day begins….

    7. Hi Erica! The Silas House essay was a nice reminder. And I loved the 5 submission tips — I follow these mostly anyway but it was great to hear from a colleague about what’s working and to think about submitting as a game! Thanks for posting, Gigi

    8. Erika Dreifus says:

      So it seems that the House essay is a real hit!

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