Friday Finds for Writers

Treasure ChestWriting-related resources, news, and reflections to read over the weekend.

  • Check out Chuck Sambuchino’s super list of 11 ways to support an author’s new book. And send it to all of the family members and friends who want to help you and your book(s)! (via Literary Citizenship)
  • “I became a writer when I was hit on the head with a rock.” So begins Karen E. Bender’s essay for the latest issue of The New York Times Book Review. But, as Bender notes, “Rocks can come from anywhere. You can write about the terrible event happening around the corner or about ones occurring far away in the world. You can take revenge; you can write about people you know who have been wronged; you can write about all the rocks careening through history….Your imagination takes any rock and throws it any way it wants.”
  • Helpful hints for writers on crafting query letters to agents.
  • More hard-hitting advice for freelancers (especially would-be freelancers), courtesy of Carol Tice.
  • Important words of wisdom/“gentle reminders about writing” from Roxane Gay. Example: “Getting your name out there is only as useful as the writing you’re associating with your name.”
  • If you’re a reviewer seeking not-yet-published titles for possible review, you’ll want to check out the Publishers Weekly/Edelweiss Spring Announcements database.
  • Finally, in case you missed it, over on my other blog I’ve offered some advice on promoting books with Jewish themes/subjects.
  • Have a great weekend, everyone. See you back here on Monday!