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.

    6 thoughts on “Friday Finds for Writers

    1. Jennifer says:

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

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        I agree about Jehanne’s piece!

    2. Mike Hooker says:

      Hi, Erika,

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

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Thanks so much, Mike.

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

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        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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