1. How to create an elevator pitch from agent Rachelle Gardner. I always get tongue-tied when someone asks me about my novel, so it's probably good to have something prepared.
2. Things to consider when thinking about writing a sequel, from Amparo Ortiz's blog, No Rest for the Lazy, Sequels: What I Like as a Reader.
3. How to take a step beyond reading middle grade books and learn more from them, from a guest post by Carmelo Martino called Reading Like a Writer on agent Mary Kole's blog KitLit.
4. You have to keep things in perspective (in life as well as in writing). My in-laws are visiting, need I say more? Actually, I loved this post from Kerrie at The Writing Bug called No More Rejections. A quote:
We send our work out to see if an agent, editor or publisher is interested and they respond with a "yes" or a "no thank you."
They are not rejecting us or our work, they are simply responding to us.
5. You'll never get a "Yes" if you don't keep trying.
I read a comment on someone's blog with this message (sorry, I didn't get the source, and the wording was slightly different) and it has stuck in my head. I'm going to put it on one of my computer stickies. Sometimes writing can be so discouraging, because it's hard. But the more writing and submitting I do, the stronger my writing gets. I am definitely deepening my understanding of what it means to be persistent.
I hope you had a great week. Did you learn anything interesting this week?