Since several people have commented on how much they like this post, I'm going to do it again. Maybe every Sunday, maybe not. But at least this week, yet again. This week, I'm going to start the tracking on Sunday (last Sunday) and go to Saturday, so I can make sure to catch the ones that are posted the day I put the blog up. So without further ado, I bring you the Best of my little Blogosphere (that I read every week).
*One agent's blog about the six-pack of success. A definitely must-read for any new author.
* Carol over at Storytellers Unplugged wrote a fantastic post on the do's, don'ts, ins, and outs of having a critique group. Loved it.
* For your weekly dose of funny, check out The Country Gal's post on taking out the trash. Complete with storyboard. :-)
* Christy is keeping track of her words for the week. And running a public accountability contest, as well. I just think this is brilliant.
* Musetracks ran a great blog this week on the dirty little secrets of writers. Loved it.
* Nicole over at One Significant Moment wrote a great post about her characters turning out differently than she imagined. What to do about it? Interesting... I've posted about this before, as well.
* Over at Market My Novel, they talked about Amazon Sales Ranking, which I think was a fantastic article. After my experience with what I am calling "one of the worst books I have ever read", I think this is very timely. I went on Amazon to look at the reviews of this book and found that there were twenty-some *five-star-reviews*! What I found out was that this book was self-published, and it seemed (from the reviews) that it was a little like a flash-mob of friends posting reviews. I am still convinced that none of them had read the book. It was truly horrifying. I'm not going to name the book, so don't ask, but suffice to say, it was absolutely horrifying to me that people would come on Amazon, see all the five-star ratings and think, "wow, this must be one fantastic book!" Really, what they're seeing is a really good marketer. So, my friends, always be wise when you read Amazon sales rankings. You never know who these reviewers are, or why they actually ranked the books the way they did.
*The Guide to Literary Agents did a great blog on tips for targeting a specific literary agent.
I decided to only pick nine, because it seems like a better number than eleven or just some random number. This way, I had to really whittle down which ones I liked the best and decide... who is the best of my blogosphere. So just because your post didn't show up here doesn't mean I didn't LOVE it. I just try to read at least a hundred posts a day, so this is about the top 1% of what I read during the week. It's just my opinion, anyway. :-)