The Wednesday Web Browser: Blog, Blurbs, and Something Fun that Might Help Your Fiction

The staff over at The Writer magazine have launched a new blog. Check it out here.
In the NYTBR, Rachel Donadio looks into the business of blurbing. May not be surprising to veterans, but potentially eye-opening for newer writers.
Creating a character the age of a typical college freshman? If you’re a practicing writer who hasn’t been a college student for awhile (ahem!) you might find this take on the current first-year collegian’s “mindset” useful. (via, where you’ll find links to similar lists from a New Zealand university)

The Wednesday Web Browser: A Book Tour Begins, More on Blogging in Character, and Free Writing Class in Boston

Stephanie Elizondo Griest, whom you may remember from this interview, is beginning a book tour to promote her latest, a memoir titled Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines. See if you can catch an appearance by checking the tour schedule, and enjoy an excerpt ahead of time here.
Recall our lively discussion about blogging in character? Here’s another take on the subject (via The Book Publicity Blog).
And here’s something especially for our friends in Boston: Grub Street will be hosting a free session with Susan Tiberghien, focusing on how to get “From Journal Entry to Personal Essay.” The event will take place Saturday afternoon, August 16, 2008. Read the session description and Tiberghien’s bio here.

The Wednesday Web Browser: New Litmag Blog, Book Promotion Opportunity, and Support for the Serial Comma

Hayden’s Ferry Review joins the ranks of literary journals with blogs. Here’s the link to the HFR blog (and for good measure, here’s the link to the new HFR site, too).
Want to be featured in the 2010 edition of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market? Are you a debut author and/or illustrator with a book that will be available by this November? Alice Pope may want to write about you! Details here. (via Guide to Literary Agents blog)
And last, but certainly not least: Roy Peter Clark strikes gold once again, with this article on the serial comma.

Friday Find: Seth Godin’s E-mail Checklist

We can all benefit from reminders to keep our e-mail correspondence correct and professional. Because writers are expected to know how to write, it’s especially important for us to present ourselves properly in writing. Seth Godin’s e-mail checklist can help. His smart suggestions will work for an array of purposes, from pitching articles to promoting books. (Thanks to Business Email Etiquette for the tip.)