Thursday, March 02, 2006

Recommended Reading - 3/2/06

Today I'd like to introduce you to some other sites that you may find interesting. First up is Steve Hannaford's Oligopoly Watch. If you don't normally spend a lot of time reading the financial pages, this is an interesting place to start. If you really don't want to spend any time reading articles about mergers and acquisitions, you should at least read Steve's three-part series on "The Shelf Life of Books", as it will give you a pretty good overview of the current state of the American book publishing industry.

Next up, Ranting Room regular Guy Stewart has an article, "A Matter of Time," in the latest issue of The Writer magazine. The site requires registration, which is a major pain in the tuchus, but there are some other interesting and free things to be found on their site, so it's worth checking out.

Finally, if you haven't received enough abuse lately, check out the blog of Miss Snark, Literary Agent. There are days I think that, based on the sheer volume of venomous bitchiness involved, "she" must actually be a drag queen masquerading as a female literary agent. If she actually is who she claims to be then I don't know how she manages to get any work done, what with all the time she must spend on her blog, but what she writes is fascinating, funny, and at times, quite insightful. If nothing else, you might use her as the template for that female character you've been itching to write but never could pull off: you know, the unrestrained id who makes people desperate to escape her presence in a matter of mere minutes...

Happy reading!