Happy Wednesday everyone! Enjoy this week’s smorgasbord of news, tips, and hilarity…

Like to win stuff? Have the best first paragraph ever burning a hole in your desk? Agent Nathan Bransford is running his 3rd Sort-of-Annual Stupendously Ultimate First Paragraph Challenge.

For those of you going through the process of querying, enjoy a gem from Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents blog on the “10 Hidden Gifts of Rejection Letters.”

Also from Chuck, the definitive post on word counts. Especially helpful for me right now as I embark on my first middle grade work-in-progress.

Good tips for maximizing keywords in your online profiles from The Buried Editor.

Anyone nearing publication? Another great post from Moonrat on handling the two weeks before your book is available to the masses.

One of the only book trailers I’ve actually watched, mainly because of Jon Stewart and the title of the book. Thanks Teenreads.com!

A touching tribute to summer reading.  OK, maybe not “touching,” but guaranteed funny, since it’s FoxTrot. (via Teenreads)

And possibly my new favorite thing ever, via Beth Revis. This is the kind of inspirational poster I could use in the Writing Cave (the physical location, not referring to the blog in the third person).

Have a great rest of the week!