Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Link Slushpile #5

Thanks for joining me for today's The Link Slushpile or 'Hoops, Posts, Popularity, Comments, and Silliness.'

I apologize about the long absence. I have been traveling the past few weeks for work and though I have kept up with reading my regular blogs, I have not had the time for posting. But now that things are calming down, I should hopefully get into routine again. Thanks for your patience.

Some aspiring writers have expressed frustration at the feeling that agents are making them jump through proverbial hoops in order for their query to be respectfully considered. Literary agent Nathan Bransford addresses this by proposing instead that agents are really just trying to give writers some helpful hints on how to succeed.

If you are wondering what part (if any) of your manuscript is safe to post online, Editorial Ass has the answer.

Curious as to how popular your website or blog is, check out this website: Link Popularity Check. As mentioned in other posts of mine, Technorati is another blog popularity site.

Kathy Temean at Writing and Illustrating offers 10 steps to increase comments to your blog postings (hint: I'd love to have some this way, too). :-P

Finally, just for fun, here are 25 hilarious examples of analogies gone wrong (my favorites are: '#7--He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.' and '#20--The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.').