Surfing the best of the writers’ blogs so you don’t have to.

Welcome to the first Linktopia in our new forum.

Therese and I are kicking off the week with Monday linky goodness so those of us who like to ease into the workaday world can delay it a little by blogging.  Works for me.

The prize if you win Vanity Fair’s essay contest is pretty good: a week in Tuscany with your muse . . . Victoria takes a look at another writer’s contest that almost seems too good to be true . . . .  More on the SOBEL controversy by La Snark . . . . Ray reveals tips for good dialogue tags . . . Kathy at Lighthouse shows us how to eliminate extraneous pronouns . . . . you know what they say about bodily excretions and getting off the pot?  Eric blogs about why it doesn’t pay to read the NYT in there . . . .

Paperback Writer has some subbing opportunities . . . . more blah blah about the “definition” of chick-lit (h/t GalleyCat) . . . . has someone optioned the movie rights to your novel?  Golden Rule Jones links to writers who’ve passed on the gravy train . . . . . Janet Evanovich’s latest is a how-to book on writing.  It’s comforting to know she struggled too (h/t Confessions) . . . . Random Reader is working her way through novels set in the 18th c (the best century ever! Except for the cholera.  And rampant socio-economic dislocation.  And slavery) by picking up David Liss’ and Bruce Alexander, and has good observations . . . . Another publisher, another chance for a sale.  All best wishes for the new Dzanc Books (h/t Slushpile) . . . .

Edward Champion’s Return of the Reluctant is a blog wherein a few words are bandied that I’ve actually never heard of . . . . the Book Standard scores an interview with David Handler aka Lemony Snicket, and as Therese has been trying to snag him for us, we’re mad jealous (h/t Grumpy Old Man) . . . . Melly muses about the horror of trying to crank out 100,000 words for a novel . . . . Nienke’s using Karen Wiesner’s First Draft in 30 Days method; we’ll keep an eye out on how it works for her . . . . The Shire lives!  Fantasy fans might want to follow the links to this housing development, which is about the coolest I’ve ever seen (I totally want to live in the house that looks like it should be in Rohan) (h/t Struggling Writer) . . . . Holly Lisle has finished and subbed two completed works in the time it takes me to write 50 decent pages . . . . Slushgod advises folks to hold off subbing their post-apocalyptic-set novels for now . . . .

We’ve got some goodies coming up this week from our contributors Jack Slyde, Marsha Moyer, and Victoria Holmes as well as part two of our interview with Michael Hague.  We hope to see you later on in the week.  Until then, write on.

About Kathleen Bolton

Kathleen Bolton is co-founder of Writer Unboxed. She writes under a variety of pseudonyms, including Ani Bolton. She has written two novels as Cassidy Calloway: Confessions of a First Daughter, and Secrets of a First Daughter--both books in a YA series about the misadventures of the U.S. President's teen-aged daughter, published by HarperCollins, and Tamara Blake, for the novel Slumber.