Why do I need to bribe you? We'll get to that in a sec. Let me butter you up first. I offer a collection of articles/blog posts I came across in the last week which I found immensely helpful:
First, I'm sure you guys have all heard about the woes of adverbs. They tie in to the whole showing-not-telling business, and we're not supposed to use them that much, lest we be branded as lazy writers. On the Rejectionist's blog, she wrote a very amusing post in which she illustrates the overuse of adverbs quite well. Click!
Second, a really great article on Guide to Literary Agents about self-promotion. The author mentions book trailers! I feel so validated now.
Third, Carol Riggs wrote a great post about sentence makeovers. She's also having a critique contest right now if you want to get in on the goods.
Okay, so now to the reason I'm bribing you. Because today is March 1st. And March is the month I am going to my first writing conference ever. Therefore, March is the month I'm going to anal-retentively obsess about everything pertaining to the conference. For instance, I've been planning my outfits for a couple months now.
But! Before you avoid my blog for the next 30 days, let me bribe you further. Because while I am going to be doing a lot of pre-conference posts, asking for opinions, etc., I will also spill the juicy details after the conference. I have sessions with two different agents, one a pitch session and one a manuscript critique. I'll share my public evisceration with you, blog friends. Because I love you that much. Because I want you to learn with me.
So, here's a toast to an exciting March! Stick around for the madness!