Charlene has a brilliant post over at RTB on rewriting to give your work more ooomph.
And an earlier post dealt with the subject of effective blogs. One thing that was mentioned negatively was blogs that do too much promo ("heavy book pimping"). I really don't like the blog groups that have popped up lately, where you hit three or four blogs, all with the same prepackaged information about a book. (I think they're particularly ineffective when an author has a blog solely for this purpose and rarely does her own posts.) It's one thing if an author I like reads a book and spontaneously says, "Hey, this is a great book!", and it's another thing if she simply posts the cover and a blurb at the same time several other blogs do. I find the latter ineffective at best and downright annoying at worst.
What do you think? Has seeing the same information posted on several sites ever influenced your decision to buy a book?
Also interesting... Cynthia Harrison writes about a presentation at RWA, "Kate Duffy was pretty funny. Blunt and honest. I like that in an editor. The question was: Should I get an agent or a publisher first? Duffy alone said that without a publisher you won't get a good agent. Period."
Ow. A grim thought. But then on PBW's blog Miriam Kriss counters, "I sold someone out of the slush pile last week to a major publisher and I'd like to think I'm more than decent. Any agent will take you on when there's money on the table, but only an agent who will really fight for you will take you on out of the slush."
And I know of some authors who've gotten a very good agent first, so it does happen. But not, I fear, as often as it used to...