But possibly more shocking was that I actually had some interesting resources to share with the group! To allow the shock to wear off I've waited a while to post it. You're welcome.
First, here are two blogs that, if you're considering querying agents at all, you must read. Often. They are:
- Miss Snark, Literary Agent (there's an indexed list of her topics here) - She's an honest-to-god New York literary agent who answers readers' e-mails and talks about her views of the business and her clients. Twice a year she directly critiques queries online. This gal tells it like it is.
- Publishing Rants - Not all literary agents are in New York. This one is in Colorado and has extremely interesting opinions on the business. She's really nice, too.
- J.A. Konrath - A successful novelist who sheds a lot of light on many aspects of the writing life.
- Simon Haynes - An Australian SF author who is in the middle of publishing his series of books. He also develops software for writers: his free novel planning and query tracking software are also available somewhere from his blog.
So that's the fun stuff. I also had a request to explain how I inserted a hyperlink in the comments on this blog. I'll give a short lesson in HTML here -- not wanting to insult anyone, of course; if you already know this stuff, ignore me!
The comments recognize a lot of standard HTML. That means that if you put tags around text, it'll look different. A tag is stuff surrounded by angle brackets (that is, the <> sign). On this blog, I'm going to use "[" and "]" instead of "<" and ">" because otherwise they won't show up!
For example, if you put [b] and [/b] around text, it looks bold. Put [i] and [/i] around it, it's in italics.
Links are created with the [a] tag. (Trivia: "a" is for anchor!) To create a link, do this:
[a href="http://www.theURLyouwanttolinkto.com"]The text of the link[/a]
- The URL you want to link to is in quotation marks.
- You have to close the link with the [/a] tag.
- There's a space between "a" and "href" in the first tag.
P.S. Would anyone mind if I added myself to this blog so that I can post from my own blogger account? It would save me a lot of headaches every time I want to post something...