Happy Sunday Funday! It's late, and I spent all day reading MATCHED by Ally Condie, which was graciously sent on an ARC tour through my writing group by the lovely Shana Silver. Now I know that I previously mentioned not reading any dystopians until I finished my WIP (which is a dystopian), but after getting approval from a crit partner that Matched would not send me into hysterical fits of crying thanks to similarities to my own book, I was approved to participate in the tour (because I can't pass up a chance at an ARC.) I'm so glad I read this book because it was awesome. Seriously. It reaffirmed my love for dystopian novels and made me want to write a better book so that I can do the genre justice. Thanks, Ally Condie. And blog readers, please, please buy this book, get it from your library, or borrow it from a friend when it comes out on November 30. That's all.
ANYway...on to the links! Here are some of my favorite links from around the interwebz this week!
OK, so you landed the agent...now what? Debra Schubert from Write on Target reminds writers that landing an agent is absolutely not the last step in the novel-writing process - in fact it's just the beginning.
Are you using a pen name? Here are some things you might want to consider - including when to tell your agent - courtesy of Getting Past the Gatekeeper.
Are you a young writer? Please read this excellent advice.
OMG! It's Eclipse! In 15 minutes! Woot!
My friend Julie shared this awesome(ly hilarious) page of things bookstore employees have overheard while on the job. (My favorite? "I'm looking for a book but I only know the title, not the author. It's called 'Dante's Inferno.'")
Holly Bodger posted some great advice on plot lines and how to know if you have too many.
Rachelle Gardener invited readers to finish the sentence "You might be a writer/agent/publisher if..." In the comments, hilarity ensued.
From Got YA...I'm sure you've gotten one of these faces before when you told someone you write YA. (I'm pretty sure I got No. 2 from my brother, followed by a discussion of how I intended to use YA to get published and then springboard into "real" writing. No, brother. I love you and respect you and your law degree, but I like writing about prom and boyfriends and kissing. Especially kissing.)
Have a great week everyone!