Here are this week's gleanings and there are some gems in this batch:
Let's start with literary agents, for those of you on the prowl.
Michael Bourret from Dystel & Goderich updates what he is looking for, and he wants stories off the beaten track or that are hard to categorize. Sound like your current novel? Take a look and see if you might be a match.
GLA has another new agent spotlight, this one for Jessie Cammack who has joined JABberwocky Literary. Jessie is looking for: epic fantasy, YA science fiction, literary fiction. Check out the interview for more details.
Jennifer Laughran weighs on dream agents, lists, and query letters. This is a must read post if you are querying or starting to query. She has another fantastic post that gives writers a reality check. The benefits of writers teaming up together online. And on the flip side: you aren't unloved or a bad writer if you aren't on every social networking site known to man. Loved this one.
On the topics of writing and craft:
Greenwoman wrote a great post about properly researching plants for novels. All I can say is, well put.
Eli Ashpence writes about using good description when writing.
Slate contributor Noreen Malone points out the problems with overusing the em dash. And at Ready. Write. Go. Cherie talks about the difference between the em dash and the en dash.
Kidlit.com tackles Physical Cliches. (Prepare for some more revisions after reading this one!)
Agent Rachelle Gardner resurfaces some archived posts on Write Your Truth, Backstory, and Having Fun Writing vs. Getting Writing Done.
Guest writer, Sarah Allen posts in Pimp My Novel about 5 Tools to Carry in a Conspiring Universe. Good tips to make writing on the go or at any time easier.
With regards to publishing:
Author Beth Revis has an enlightening post for both teens and adults alike regarding teen writers seeking to publish.
Author Patricia C. Wrede shares her own dose of reality when it comes to Cash Flow and writing output in the publishing world.
Darke Conteur distinguishes the difference between fanfic and seeking to cash in on someone else's story.