Today is the birthday of Charles Scribner, personal editor of author Ernest Hemingway, whose last name I heartlessly employ as a euphemism for booze sipped while writing.
Now, this might seem the perfect occasion to combine the literary agent links with the editor/publisher links like I threatened promised hinted I might do, last week.
But, no! You shall have your literary agent links, separate and per the usual schedule, and you shall like it!
♦ Jessica at BookEnds LLC answers the question: Is it okay to use a news story as the basis for a novel? (Hey didn’t I just recently bring this up? Synchronicity!)
♦ Jane at Dystel & Goderich explains that there is no longer a “right time” in the year to submit a proposal.
♦ Nathan Bransford advises writers not to undercook their novels. I love a good analogy and, as analogies go, this is a great one. Which means I doubleplus love it.
And the AGENT LINK OF THE WEEK award goes to the Rejectionist for this timely message on YA fiction:
FOR GOD’S SAKE PEOPLE IF YOU WERE SEVEN HUNDRED YEARS OLD AND REALLY GOOD-LOOKING AND HAD SUPERPOWERS AND A BAZILLION DOLLARS WOULD YOU REALLY BE FARTING AROUND HIGH SCHOOLS AND WASTING YOUR TIME IN ALGEBRA II NO YOU WOULD NOT. YOU WOULDN’T. SO PLEASE WRITE ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE NOW.