Since this is my third post in a row on agent blogs, and I'm not used to talking so long about one subject, I decided to throw in a few random thoughts about my life at the moment.
#1 - I bought a new vacuum cleaner last week. I absolutely love it - it works so well it makes vacuuming a joy. Seriously. I vacuumed the entire lower level of our house yesterday just for fun. It's amazing how excited a twenty-nine-(hee hee)-year-old woman can get about a vacuum cleaner.
#2 - My daughter makes her First Communion on Thursday. At our church, First Communion isn't a veil and gloves type affair, but I did buy her a new spring dress for the occasion. Of the approximately twenty-five dresses to choose from, she tried on about twenty. When her high school prom rolls around, she may have to rent out her own dressing room.
#3 - WIP progress is slow, but slight progress is being made. I'm hoping to send it out to the second round of readers in about six weeks. As I commented on another blogger's blog last week, I'm trying to sprint to the finish line, but life just keeps getting in the way.
And now (drumroll please), on to the wrap-up:
Since so many agent blogs were suggested on last week 's Toss-Around Thursday, I split the list in two. Here are several more awesome blogs for you to check out:
Query Shark: readers submit queries and some of these are selected and critiqued on the blog. Cool!
Kristin at Pubrants: Some of my favorite features of this blog were the blog pitch workshops, the Agenting 101 blogs, and Q&A posts where Kristin answers reader questions. I'm definitely going to be spending a lot more time at this site.
Bookends: This blog has some good info with posts such as Query Formatting, Follow-Up to Submitting a Partial, Pitch Lines that Don't Work, and Questions to Ask Before Signing with an Agent (I hope I need to read that one some day!) The site accepts reader email questions and has an impressive list of "Must Read Posts" on the sidebar.
Dystel & Goderich: This blog includes posts by different agents at the agency, and I especially like the little sidebar feature that tells what each agent wants to see more of - good info!
Bent on Books: This blog includes a guest post by Susan Hawk, the new children's book agent at The Bent Agency, and a detailed post on Rookie Mistakes.
The Swivet: Here I found an interesting post by guest blogger Ari Marmell, fantasy author, and the #Askagent Twitter chat ("agent/editor/writer free-for-all, where a group of agents, editors, and other book industry pros open themselves up to questions from writers for a couple of hours or until they drop from sheer exhaustion") looks very interesting (but alas, I don't Twitter.)
Chuck Samuchino: This is one of several Writer's Digest blogs. I found some great stuff here, including applying Donald Maass's Writing the Breakout Novel to blogging, a Worst Storyline Ever Contest (now closed), and New Agent Alerts.
Mark McVeigh: I'm partial to agent Mark McVeigh, since I won a 15-minute Skype chat with him, so I know from personal experience he's a great guy. His blog includes some good information including book launch party invitations, book trailers, and cool industry news.
I found some great stuff on all these blogs. Like me, you probably don't have time to keep up with all of these, so if you were going to check out just a few, I'd recommend Miss Snark (love those contests), Mary Kole at Kidlit, and Kristin at Pubrants. That's just my humble opinion though. In any case, I don't think you can go wrong with any of the agents on this list.
Happy Tuesday Everyone!