Anonymous said: My question for you: I have trouble when it comes to creating place names for cities/towns in my character's world. Any advice/tips?
Check out our super-fabulous naming tag and our first Writer SOS post about naming people and places (honesty time: I waited to answer this question because I was still researching and completing that post!).
When it comes to naming cities and towns, there are a few naming conventions you can observe if you so choose. You can name it:
- After a part of its surrounding geography (after a natural feature or in geographical relation to something else)
- After its founder or a prominent historical figure
- After what the town does or serves as (such as Coalville)
- After nothing at all, and use a name you happen to like
Alternatively, you can decide to create a name completely from scratch. There are no rules for creating names. You can:
- Create a set of rules (or if you have an established conlang, use those)
- Use conlang rules and words with the above naming conventions
- Pluck a name from thin air
- Smash letters together and rearrange them into a readable/pronounceable order
Naming places is tough, I hope this helps you out of your rut.
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Anonymous said: do you have a list or know of a list that has literary agents/agencies that have tumblr blogs? thanks!!
I couldn’t find much. You can find a lot more lit agents on twitter and I think everyone listed here also has a twitter.
- (From website): She is currently most interested in narrative nonfiction about remarkable individuals or achievements in the areas of history, sports, science, nature, sociology, and technology, and prescriptive nonfiction that is research-based. She is also interested in hearing from artists and illustrators with book ideas.
- (From website): Hannah specializes in commercial fiction, especially science fiction and fantasy, young adult fiction, women’s fiction, cozy mysteries, and romance. Hannah is also interested in nonfiction, particularly in the areas of mathematics, science and religion (especially history and sociology of Christianity).
- (From Publisher’s Marketplace): I am actively seeking the following: young adult fiction (all genres), science fiction/fantasy, romance, historical fiction, thrillers, and graphic novels. I’m always interested in books that cross genres and reinvent popular concepts with an engaging new twist (especially when there’s a historical and/or speculative element involved). On the nonfiction side I’m interested in memoirs, biography, and smart narrative nonfiction; I particularly enjoy memoirs and other nonfiction about sex work, addiction and recovery, and pop culture.
- Multiple agents looking for YA, middle grade, adult fiction, picture book, and non-fiction writers. Specific genres for each agent is listed on their website.
New Leaf Literary
- Multiple agents. Genres are listed here.
- (From website): Looking for literary novels of suspense, women’s fiction, contemporary romance, and young adult, as well as journalistic non-fiction and memoir.
- I can’t find his exact genres, but I’m pretty sure it’s mostly non fiction. You’ll have to look at his books and his twitter.
PS Literary Agency
- Multiple agents. All literary agents and what they’re looking for are listed on the main website, which is listed on their tumblr blog.
- We represent works in a wide range of categories, with an emphasis on literary fiction, outstanding thriller and crime fiction, and serious narrative non-fiction. Specific agents can be found here.
Sarah Such Literary Agency
- Literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction, including Y/A and children’s books.
You might also want to check out the agentandeditorwishlist Tumblr. It has been inactive for a while, but it might point you in the direction of an agent or editor that will click with your story.