He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. —Psalm 113:9

June 25, 2010

Follow Friday: Missing Miss Snark Edition

Remember the inimitable Miss Snark, the anonymous and sharp-tongued literary agent who doled out no-nonsense advice on finding an agent? I can't believe it's been three whole years since she closed up shop, and yet I still keep hoping she'll think of new things to say on the topic and stage a comeback. I guess that's not too likely to happen. But I've made some recent discoveries of snarkilicious writers and agents that help to fill the void that she left.

Maureen Johnson, f'rinstance, is a romance author whose blog combines practical advice on writing and life with a delicious sense of humor. If you haven't read her Social Media Manifesto, I insist that you stop everything and go read it right now, especially if you've been feeling pressured to make everything you do online about creating and promoting your "brand."

Slushpile Hell, where "a grumpy literary agent wades through query fails," leaves out the advice and goes straight for the snark. The anonymous blogger's cutting commentary on the cluelessness of some of the queriers is pretty hilarious (I was going to say "comedic," but didn't want to risk alliteration overkill).

Bringing us almost full-circle, there's also Miss Snark's First Victim, whose being on the receiving end of Miss Snark's biting critique apparently inspired her to create a kinder, gentler place for would-be authors to solicit honest feedback.

And finally, having absolutely nothing in common with the above blogs whatsoever except for the fact of being funny: Catalog Living.

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