The first one's from ever-informative Nathan Bransford who is arguing that agents are normally on the author's side when it comes to dealing with publishers (but then Mr. Bransford comes across to me as a likeable, honest guy, so maybe I'm biased).
Here's another side of the publishing coin: Roz Morris is responding to a traditionally published author's snipe that indie authors have no right to help each other out (or at least that's how I read it).
Then two highly entertaining reads: The Guardian held a competition asking people to write the ending to the Harry Potter series on *****'s death (I won't write whose death, just in case you don't want a spoiler) in the style of different authors (I just loved the Terry Pratchett imitation).
And finally, the Bulwer-Lytton contest - for the worst novel openings - winners for 2012 have been announced. Oh dear, the Purple Prose winner....