Snippity-do-da from around the writers’ web:
Penguin is teaming up with Match.com to offer another way to find your soulmate: through the love of similar books.
Penguin said the site would offer readers “a place to meet and indulge in the age-old art of writing love letters”. Members will be asked to write in their profile about the last book they read and will also be able to search through the site’s other profiles for mentions of their favourite book.
I’ve heard of weirder ways to find romance.
New agent Jon Sternman has joined the Irene Goodman agency. He’s actively looking for intelligent literary fiction, high-end modern fiction; nonfiction and narrative nonfiction dealing with social, cultural and historical issues; an occasional memoir and current affairs book. This could be a good opportunity for those writing literary fiction.
But before you reach out to Jon Sternman, visit Chuck Sambuchio’s must-read blog Guide to Literary Agents. He’s running a contest on the worst loglines ever. The prize? A query-letter critique and a pick-his-brain session. Contest ends at the end of August and there’s already some stiff (and hilarious) competition, so waste no time.
For those of us hunting around for a better method of organizing our wips, author Jeannie Ruesch has created a WIP Notebook. Based on her own experiences with managing exploding post-its and scraps of paper, Ruesch’s notebook is low tech and reasonable. She also has a downloadable version. (h/t Writer’s Technology Companion).
Don’t forget to check out Book Roast for their latest list of authors willing to brave being in the hotseat. In August, they are partnering with the children’s book charity Reach Out and Read. They have given over 5 million books to children in need.
In the genre of romance, members of the Romance Writers of America have selected their 2008’s RITA winners. Winning the category for Best Historical Fiction for her novel Lessons in Desire is Madeline Hunter, who I interviewed right here for WU. We congratulate all the winners!