Smart People

It’s been a little while since my first Did You Miss? post, so I’ve built up a few more good things to highlight for you lovely blog readers.

There are so many people out there who are quite a lot smarter than me. Luckily, these people write down some of the smart things they think so that I can read them – sometimes for free, sometimes not. Here are a few people, all connected either largely or loosely to the publishing world, that I think are smart:

John Green – YA author and online personality. Have you seen his and Hank’s new educational vlogging? It’s a Crash Course in the history of the world and the basics of biology in weekly video blogs. It’s smart and funny and informative.

Darcy Pattinson – writing coach and author of the must have, go and buy it, DON’T QUESTION IT, JUST BUY IT revision workbook called NOVEL METAMORPHOSIS. Or at the very least, look at her website.

Rob Horning at The New Inquiry – He’s written a thoughtful and thought-provoking analysis of the Hunger Games. Here’s a good extract from the article: “We’re all supposed to use Facebook and Twitter, etc., but no one can read and “share” for very long without starting to have some reservations. The creepy voyeurism and exhibitionism of it is palpable, no matter how much of a digital native one might be.”

Robin Sloan – if you have five minutes and an iPad or iPhone, I was very impressed by this free app called Fish about the difference between “like” and “love” on the internet.

Naomi Dunford of IttyBiz – she’s a business coach for small businesses and writers. She sends around a very useful, very amusing free newsletter with practical thinking about how people can sell things better.

Let me know if you like any of these!