So I've have several people write to ask what my "best" blogs were. To this point I've had to answer them, "Um… beats me." I figure people with writing and publishing questions come on and read this, then maybe go back through old posts to find helpful information (there's a list of topics over on your right, in case you want to search something like "proposals" or "conferences"). So I asked my trusty assistant Amanda to look back over the last couple of years worth of blogs and find the top ten. Here are suggestions for the top ten (and not all hers — I'm going to stick in the time my buddy Andy Meisenheimer from Zondervan blogged, since it was brilliant and everybody loved it, and I'm going to include the blog from the folks at Novel Journey, since they had such good things to say):
#1 – NOTES FROM BIG D (that's "D" as in "disaster") — March 23, 2009
This was my review of the Christian Book Expo in Dallas earlier this year. It was a great idea that somehow turned into an epic disaster, with a couple hundred of us who work in publishing standing around talking to each other, surrounded by vast quantities of empty space where readers should be. Maybe my favorite post ever.
#2 – BACK TO WORK: THOUGHTS ON ICRS 2009 — July 20, 2009
A look at this year's Christian book show, complete with my review of the worst crap offered: the Message ball, I Love Jesus Zipper Pulls, etc. If you like this sort of cheeky, mean-spirited tripe, you should also look at my blogs from July 22, 2008 (where we meet the artist who brought us Heroin Jesus) and July 13, 2007 (that was the show with Standing on the Promises Insoles and John 3:16 Socks). Unfortunately, you can no longer find my newsletter from July 2006 (my pre-blog days), when I brought you Praise Panties, Armor of God Pajamas, and Actual Ash from Sodom and Gomorrah. Let me tell you, THAT was a good year.
#3 – THE ART OF FIREPROOFING — October 7, 2008
That was the weekend I got tricked into going to see the movie "Fireproof" and wrote a review of the lamest, most over-hyped piece of bad Christian art since Carman was touring. Bad acting, bad script, but a genuinely moving ending. This review nearly cost me some friendships. (But let's face it — I was right.)
#4 – THE 2009 BAD POETRY CONTEST — May 3, 7, and 12, 2009
Nothing really screams "Look at me, I'm an artist!" more than a big steaming hunk o' bad poetry. I do this every year on my birthday, so you can also find some deepfulness and reflectiveosity on May 3, 7, and 11 of 2008 (that was a special, 50th-Birthday Bad Poetry Contest) and May 10 and 13, 2007. As Robert put it so eloquently in his bad haiku:
Walk on marshmallows
Or run fingers through the mud
That is not banjo
#5 – ANDY, EDITOR AT ZONDERVAN, STOPS BY — November 16, 2007
Andy Meisenheimer, the all-knowing, all-seeing word maven at Z, graced us with his presence to talk about italics. I don't know why I'm listing this on my top ten, since it didn't get the most comments, nor did it offer the most information. I just don't want my name to be on all ten of these, I guess, and I have a lot of respect for The Mize.
#6 – PROPOSALS AND GETTING STARTED — April 6, 2009
To me, this is the quintessential post for this blog. People sent in good questions about proposals, and I offered my thoughts based on my years in the business. I still think this is one of the best things I've written here.
#7 – TEN QUESTIONS — November 18, 2008
This post, along with my post of May 15, 2008, offer a look at my role as an agent and my basic philosophies. If you don't like me very much, you should skip these.
#8 – THE EXPERTS AT NOVEL JOURNEY — October 23, 2007
My friend Gina Holmes, who runs the popular and influential Novel Journey website (www.noveljourney.blogspot.com ) visited to talk about the future direction of Christian fiction. She was great, as usual… and proceeded to go sign a big novel deal of her own with Tyndale.
#9 – THE BASIC, BASIC, BASIC QUESTIONS — July 1, 3, and 6, 2009
These three posts looked at the basic questions somebody who wants to get published or make a living with writing will ask. Along with posts like A QUICK Q-AND-A on February 21, 2009, and similar posts I've done over the years, this is the core of what this blog is about. You send in questions, and I try to bring some wisdom to bear on them. I think these posts hit to the core of what I'm here to do.
#10 – KRISTY AND KAREN AND MIKE — August 20, 2008
Okay, so it's my blog. This particular post won't mean much to you. But I lost three friends in the span of three weeks, and I actually opened up and offered a glimpse at what matters most to me. I still tear up when I read it. I still miss Mike.
So there you go — our top ten. Would love to know what you think. -Chip