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Roaming the Blogosphere: Writing & Publishing Tips

I’m between school semesters, so of course the blogs that shouted “Bookmark me!” this month were almost all on focused on writing, publishing and/or marketing a book. Here are a few of the posts I bookmarked, starting with some humor: Nick Cross shares definitions of syndromes we writers tend to succumb to.  Read NOW if you’re in need of a laugh! I’ve just discovered that The Creative Penn has podcasts!  (Okay, okay, I know I’m a little slow on the uptake.)  Here’s a great one on characters by Roz Morris.  There’s also a link to a long list of previous podcasts – great for exercise walks! Margie Lawson from Writers in the Storm has a great post about “What’s the Visual?”  She uses that one phrase to get the show-don’t-tell point across – complete with examples from her students’ work.  Even if you’re pretty good at showing already, it’s well … Continue reading

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When a Book Contract Goes South

Agent finds blog.  Agent likes writer.  Writer likes agent.  Editor likes writer.  Writer, liking the size of the paycheck, agrees to work-for-hire contract. Writer wears her butt, fingers and brain out researching and writing.   Editor can’t quite articulate the balance or tone desired in proposed book.   After three tries and much beating head against wall, editor and writer decide to call it quits. Sigh.  Repeat sigh. What’s left to do after two months of intense work?  Get on with life, I suppose.  To say I was disappointed is an understatement, and I gave up quite a lot to work on this project, but in the end we basically fired each other.  And I was so burned out the last week that I wasn’t sorry to see it go. But . . . (there’s always a “but” isn’t there?) . . . somewhere along the way I had a revelation, one … Continue reading

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How to Succeed as a Writer

Any writer has newbies asking how to make it in the publishing world.  And judging by the tweets and blog posts, most of us are still trying to figure that out ourselves. The classic response is BIC: Butt in Chair.  (Or, as one writer friend likes to put it, DEC: Derriere en Chaise.)  In addition, you can go with BIC-HOK:  Butt in Chair, Hands on Keyboard.  My favorite is BIC-HOP: Butt in Chair, Heart on Page. With that in mind, here’s my easy formula for success in writing: Write, write, write. Read, read, read. Write, write, write.. Study, study. Write, write, write.. Repeat 1-5 for the rest of your writing life. Notice that there’s a lot more Writing than anything else.  In any worthwhile endeavor, nothing takes the place of practice.  Notice also that Reading is an integral part of writing well.  It has an element of Study, which is … Continue reading

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The End of Publishing?

Changes in what people are reading, how they are reading, and even IF they are reading.  Hmm, what is the future of publishing?  Watch this all the way through (only 2-1/2 minutes) and find out:

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Self-Promotion for Authors

The Guide to Literary Agents blog had an interesting guest post by J.M. Frey the other day:  why an author with a publishing deal with a respected small press would still want an agent.  She already has a contract, right?  One reason was that there was so much marketing to do, and she’d like to get at least a little sleep each day! Several of us commented that we’d like to know what she does to promote her book – we’ll hopefully need that information soon.  Ms. Frey very nicely sent me a link to the blog post she wrote in response to our request, and her list . . . wow, can you spell d-a-u-n-t-i-n-g? From library talks to interviews and press kits, from Facebook and Twitter to websites, community events and contests, she covers about everything possible in enough detail for us to get a good idea of … Continue reading

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