MARKETS: Part 3 of Jim Hines' survey on how authors made their first sale. This looks at what these authors did to improve their odds of being published.
WORLDBUILDING: Making the world more specific for your story needs.
Making each scene specific according to your worldbuilding.
Keeping the characters and plot in the front of your neat new world.
MARKETS: How to give a winning verbal pitch to an agent or editor.
CRAFT/QUERIES: Using the query to figure out what your book is about before you write it.
MARKET: Anthology seeking urban fantasy set during the Roaring Twenties.
FIRST SALE DATA: Jim Hines has put up the complete data about novel first sales.
CRAFT AND MARKET: Learning through helping others learn. (As a teacher, I really agree with this.)
THE FUTURE OF PUBLISHING: An article on where big publishing should go and why it won't. Really smart and thought provoking.
HISTORICAL RESOURCES: Slavery records, court records