Here’s my compendium of the best of the web for writers this week:
Barry Eisler on JA Konrath’s blog:“Why are so many authors afraid of a possible publishing monopoly while sanguine about a real one?”
Writer Courtney Milan on Barry Eisler’s use of extreme rhetoric in the above post. (via Twitter.)
From metromode.com, via the Tattered Cover site: How Indie Book Stores Keep Communities Vibrant.
From writer R.S. Guthrie on Mystery Writers Unite blog, re: Social Media Marketing and YOU MUST BE ON TWITTER. (via writer Becky Illson-Skinner on Twitter.)
Romance editor Sue Grimshaw on Writers in the Storm blog: An editor’s checklist. (Good info for other genres as well and I love that she says prologues are not a deathknell.)
Screenwriter Alexandra Sokoloff on writing the second act. (Extremely relevant to me since I’m there on my novel rewrite.)
Jenny Hanson’s blog, marketing “Quick Response,” those weird code things that can only be understood by phones, or something. She swears by it as a marketing tool. I swear I’ll look into it when I have to.
From Sharla Rae on Writers in the Storm blog, How To Find Your Dream Team (Critique Group).
NYT Ben Zimmer on linguists analyzing Twitterspeak.
Writer Charlie Jane Anders on io9: How To Write a Sincere First Draft of Your Science Fiction or Fantasy Epic.
Have a great week.