Sunday, January 30, 2011

This and That (and Them and Those)

"You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts...but you cannot deny he's got style..." (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling)

This and That

First, I’d like to thank Donna Weaver from Weaving A Tale or Two for the Stylish Blogger Award. As a stressed out writer I give a whole new meaning to the world stylish. In case you’ve ever wondered what goes into writer style (only speaking for myself here), let me enlighten you:

1. footwear: cushy slippers are my choice of footwear and in this photo they are accompanied by snowman socks (tis the season, right?)

2. pants: sweats are perfect for this time of the year – warm with an expandable waistband for snacking during those long stretches when butt is glued to chair.

3. top: Generally, I’m cold all year round. Winter weather can run from mid-November through March in the Northeast. Once summer hits, my family usually outnumbers me when it comes to what constitutes a comfortable temp in the house. And so the central air is blowing which = me wearing a hoodie all summer long. However, my favorite comfort wear is my nearly 20 year old J. Crew thin, gray, wool cardigan. It is SO warm, like a security blanket, that I will hold onto it until it unravels.

4. coffee or tea mug and snack

5. reading glasses – even more fashionable if they tend to slide down your nose like mine

6. Oh! And I almost forgot...a blog about writerly stuff or stuff about this particular writer (and her stylish footwear)

Them and Those

I keep a folder on my PC of Literary Agencies and Agents that I’d like to query some day when I’m ready. I’ve worked hard collecting info about agents, what genres they’re interested in, likes/dislikes, clients, etc. This weekend I started updating that info since it had been months since I last looked at it.

When I began this time consuming project, one of the first places I found nearly 90% of my info was at Casey McCormick’s must read blog, Literary Rambles. She has the most comprehensive collection of Agent Spotlights & Interviews, complete with short bios, agent interests, submission info, plus links to online interviews. And she selflessly does this as a service to fellow writers.

Another great source I’ve found is Krista V’s blog, Mother. Write. (Repeat.) I can so relate to that title! Nearly every week she features an interview (sometimes interactive) with agents, primarily in children’s lit. I’ve been going through her list and have added a few agents that I didn’t already have on my list. Thanks, Krista!

Both of these sites have been so useful as I’ve collected info for querying in the future. Check them out, you won’t be sorry.


  1. Love your HP quote.

    And thanks for those wonderful links!

  2. Thank you so much for those two useful sites. I haven't done any work on collecting agent or agency information!

    Love the socks!

  3. Literary Rambles is one I have bookmarked. She is amazing.

    Love the socks! Dumbledore's girl, through and through.

  4. Congrats on the award! I love slippers, too. I wouldn't be able to live without it!