Monday Memo – 5 things for the week

1. Writers as Book Reviewers: I was on the tweeter (shocker, I know.) a little bit ago during an #askagent or maybe it was a #yalitchat event and I saw an agent get into it with a book blogger. The agent ended the conversation with a rather strong statement that a book blogger will never get an agent or publishing contract. I’ve thought about this a lot. And continue to hear the burbles that rumble through the writing community. Is it really a deal breaker to agents or publishers if you’re a writer who also reviews books?  I doubt it, but there are rumors…  As Elle Straus said in her post, the way you review a book, especially if you didn’t like it, does indeed make a difference. There is a difference between writing a negative review and attacking the author. There is also a difference in the way you are portrayed when you choose to do either. Does this difference equate to landing a deal or not? I don’t know, but let me ask you this: What do you have to gain by ripping an author to shreds when it was their book you didn’t like?

2. TweetDeck for Desktop – As a longtime iPhone user, I have been using TweetDeck on my phone for a while. But I only recently disovered that is is a desktop app as well. If you have not yet tried it, OMG you must go NOW!  I feel like Trinity watching the Matrix! MUAH AH AHHH!  Seriously, it has been *super* helpful for those #hashtag events. With a column for my normal feed and a column scrolling for the hashtag alone, I can stay on top of the things I want to see and when I am done, close the column.

3. What is writer’s VOICE? Visit my newly agented friend *yay* Miriam, who is doing a series on voice that captures some of the elusive details so many writers strive to understand. Here is a link to PART ONE of THREE posts. You can scroll to the rest. You’ll notice that in the midst of her 3-part series she landed an agent, flailed around a bit, told her agent story, and then resumed the series on voice. So, go over and read, follow, and throw some confetti.  :)

4. CONTEST ENDS THURS!! Enter to win THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson. I remain haunted by this one. Just a beautiful book about a girl and her broken family, how they deal with loss, and love, and who they are in the world.  If you don’t win, you must pick this book up anyway.  I promise it is that good.  There are other blogs giving this away, so read the post to find the LINKY with all the rest of them listed.

5. What I’m Reading now: THE HATING GAME by Talli Roland, GONE TOMORROW by Lee Child, FALL OF GIANTS by Ken Follett.  Just picked up FULL DARK, NO STARS by Stephen King

Have a great week guys!  Be nice and play with your friends.

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