The best of the web, or as much of the web as I saw this week:
Violent language and women bloggers
Here’s a truly disturbing column from writer Laurie Penny “A Woman’s Opinion is the Mini-Skirt of the Internet”, about the rape threats and abuse directed at women writers on the internet. (via Jennifer Weiner on Twitter.)
Writer John Scalzi covered the topic in a post from August on his Whatever blog.
V.R. Gallagher’s take: “Asking For It” –Hate Speech Against Female Bloggers on the Rise.
From Publisher’s Weekly: Behind a Bestseller by Joy Bean, a look into the creation of Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series. (Via Matt Staggs on Twitter.)
More thoughts on e-publishing from Mike Shatzin: “True “do-it-yourself” publishing success stories will probably become rare.”
Jenn Webb addresses whether agent-publishers carry a conflict of interest on RadarO’Reilly. (via @JaneFriedman on Twitter.)
Writer Sara Zarr, guest blogging on Nova Ren Suma’s blog, on what inspires her to keep writing when she feels like a failure. (via @madelineclaire on Twitter.)
Writers in the Storm blog, again, with agent and writing coach Donald Maass: It’s Not About the Cougar. (wherein he brilliantly and succinctly encapsulates a point my critique group is always talking about: No matter what cool action stuff you’ve got going on, readers won’t be engaged unless this is happening to someone in a way we care about.)
From Jezebel ‘zine writer Anna North on imprisoned serial killer Charles Bauer who writes kids books under a pseudonym. (Via Stephen Blackmoore on Twitter.)