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Friday Finds for Writers

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

  • You know, I usually think that my mom raised me right and that I do a decent job with thank-you notes. Alas, the first installment of The Memorious Guild’s Guide to Literary Etiquette made me realize that I still have a ways to go.
  • Also on the etiquette theme: Debbi Ridpath Ohi describes what encourages her to promote others’ work through her @inkyelbows feed–and what has the opposite effect. And Nina Badzin explains how Twitter is like “a writer’s endless holiday party“. (And while we’re talking about Twitter: If you haven’t uploaded a header photo yet, GalleyCat has some advice for you.)
  • Every so often, I like to check in with the After Deadline blog for “newsroom notes on usage and style” from The New York Times.
  • This week brought my latest “First Looks” post about new/forthcoming books for Fiction Writers Review. Go on over and see what I spotlighted this month (hint: Oprah and I have something in common).
  • “It took me something like twelve years of sending work to AGNI to finally break in,” writes Jehanne Dubrow. “The writing life is like that: a decade of sending out poems, maybe every year, maybe twice yearly, to a place that feels so right for one’s work but that keeps saying no (or maybe, no thank you). And then, one day, a yes arrives, usually in a way so quiet and understated that the acceptance feels inevitable.”
  • Have a great weekend, everyone. See you back here on Monday.

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    6 Responses »

    1. Great links again this week! and Jehanne Dubrow’s piece is truly lovely.

    2. Hi, Erika,

      Thanks for all the effort you put into your blog. Your other readers appreciate it, too, I’m sure.

    3. Thanks for these. As always, plenty of good things to read. Any thoughts on places accepting non-fiction reviews?

      • Joan, do you mean placing book reviews that discuss nonfiction books? I can teach a whole course on that (and, in fact, I have; I may do so again). Tough to distill here. Many literary magazines accept reviews. In fact, I was recently on THE IOWA REVIEW’s site, and I saw that they’re especially interested in nonfiction reviews. Check http://iowareview.uiowa.edu/page/writers_guidelines

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