"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


Finds for Fridays: July 22


Finds for Fridays is my way of sharing some of the wonderful blogs posts I read each week. I am currently following close to 100 blogs and at least scan them as much as I can.  Each week, I'll note and "set aside" some posts that especially speak to me for whatever reason. And each Friday that I am able, I'll share them with you. I hope you'll stop by and read the posts, and maybe even follow the blogs if you aren't already. A win-win, right?

And here they are!

Positively Biographical by Lisa Lickel at Reflections in Hindsight (about putting together a writing bio when you're "nobody.")

Pitching Your Novel by Rachelle Gardner at her blog (about theme vs. plot in pitching)

Don't Throw In The Towel: E-pub/Self-Pub is Not The Easy Fix by Scott Eagan at Babbles from Scott Eagan (about taking the "easy way" out - thought-provoking)

Amazing Race Video! by the MikChiks at Connecting Now (cuz I want to watch it again and again - and you might too)

It's Him! By Barb Culler at Ms. Barbie's Blog (about a wonderful life-saving encounter ;) )

The Peanut Butter Jar by Joy Bach at Life Moments (about being a vessel for God)

(just a note - LOTS of great posts at several agent/agency blogs this week besides these - just didn't want to make this list too long. Check out, especially, more of Rachelle Gardener's and Scott Eagan's posts - links above - as well as this whole past week at Books and Such Literary - a series on unpublished writer assumptions by agent Rachel Kent)

Enjoy the reads!

Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence


  1. Thanks for sharing Joanne. Have a fantastic Friday!

  2. Oh my gosh! I can't believe I made your list! My day has been made. (That post was so fun to write too!)


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