June 13, 2009

Wag the Blog #2: I'm Afraid of Jack Kilborn

I received my copy of Jack Kilborn's Afraid Friday afternoon. A big thanks to Thoughts of Joy, and Brianne of the Hachette Book Group, for the contest. I was fortunate enough to be one of five winners to receive a paperback edition of the novel. I am appreciating J.A. Konrath's work more and more, as I've had a chance to read one of his "Jack Daniels" mysteries, plus a couple of short stories under both pen names. I've read enough positive feedback for Afraid that I doubt I will be disappointed.
  • I'd also recommend folks check out Joy's blog for some quick reviews of books. She reads voraciously and doesn't draw out her words.

  • Shroud Magazine has a blog with some helpful reviews for horror fans. I came across it by way of Brian Keene's blog, and enjoyed getting some insight on two novels I'm interested in reading. There's Jeff Strand's Pressure and Bill Hussey's Through a Glass, Darkly.

  • Clarkesworld Magazine has an interesting article on their site: "Ten Fiction Editors Talk Shop". Jeremy I. C. Jones interviews editors of fiction magazines to give we authors a better glimpse at what they look for when reviewing submissions, why certain stories are rejected, and the state of the business as a whole. It's a good read if you're a writer looking to submit a short story or two ... or twenty.

  • Jessica Faust, over at Bookends, LLC, posted an article six months back or so about author questionnaires. There's actually a wellspring of articles on the blog by the literary agency for any writer, published or not, to help get a better handle on what an agent looks for from an author. Give it a look-see.

  • Another blog post from the past—only a month old this time—comes from Carolyn Kaufman at the Archetype Writer's Blog. "Telling Fresh Stories" gives some quick, helpful hints on how to approach your writing when you find yourself in a rut, unable to develop a character or story.

  • Sarah Rees Brennan's debut novel, The Demon's Lexicon, sounds promising. That's why I entered a giveaway contest at Ink and Paper for a chance to win it. If you've heard of this book too, and are looking forward to reading it, maybe you can pass the time until then by reading this blog postfrom September 2007—on Pub Rants. It's a dissection of Sarah's original query letter to agent, Kristin. Good stuff.

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