It’s almost that time of year. Pumpkin spiced everything and National Novel Writing Month. Here are some good tips from the Creative Pen. https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2017/10/11/nanowrimo-7-writing-productivity-tips/
I’ve been thinking about success and failure as a writer. Obviously penning a best seller is for many the ultimate mark of success. What is the opposite? What is complete failure? If you finish your book you have passed the point of complete failure. But what happens if you book just sits there, unread and unwanted. Well the Creative Pen has a great article on just that subject. https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2017/08/24/7-reasons-to-smile-not-a-bestseller/ To that I would add an even worse scenario, your book rockets to the top of the list for a few weeks and then nothing. Even worse your next book is a dud. Can you say one hit wonder? I don’t know if thinking of a writing career in terms of success or failure is healthy. There are so many little successes and smaller failures that they all kind of blur together. We can celebrate and wail for a bit with each of them as we move on to the next.
The blog, Publishing and Other Forms of Insanity, released a list of writing contests open to submissions in the month of August. I’m terrible at entering these and even worse at winning, but they are still a great way to get your writing out there. A contest win could also be the spark that gets your writing career burning. Give the link a click here: http://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2017/07/28-free-writing-contests-in-august-2017.html
I love these articles about the myths and fantasies vs the reality of a writing career. Here is a good one from Anne R. Allen’s blog. http://annerallen.com/2017/06/6-fantasies-stop-writing-success-fight-back/
For all of us a successful book is the goal/dream, I call it my gream, that we all work towards. It’s always good to have a sense of reality smack us a bit just to keep things in check.
This post from Nathan Bransford has some great stats based on a survey sent to a number of currently working agents. The numbers tell an interesting story but one that I think any writer considering traditional publishing needs to be aware of. Click the link here to head over and give it a read: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2017/05/agent-stats-on-personalization.html.
I came across this great post on Publishing and Other Forms of Insanity. I always like these kind of posts and interestingly enough I often come away with something I hadn’t thought of before. Go take a look: http://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2017/04/10-things-we-hate-about-agents-and-10.html
I came across this article from the always informative Anne R. Allen. The post: Your Author Blog: What Should an Author Blog About appeared this past Sunday and I urge you to give it a look. Even if you’ve had a blog for a while this could give you some more to think about and may help you recharge it. I’ve had this blog for a couple of years now and found a thing or two I could use.
This was a great post from The Creative Pen on how to avoid overwriting. I know myself, I am guilty of this from time to time, and from time to time I like reading works whose writing is thick with description. Then again I am really turned off by works where I am just wading through piles and piles of prose, cough Cryptonomicon cough. Somewhere in the middle is the sweet spot. The good news is you aren’t going to get there overnight, but persistence with a good bit of editing will see you through. http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2017/02/18/avoid-overwriting/
This was a great little piece I found on Janet Reid’s blog. Will Self Publishing Doom ME? I think it is a question facing many new unsigned authors. I have fielded a few myself and I never felt that I have doomed my writing by self-publishing. Notice I didn’t say career, my career is still in the library, mostly because I am not that good a sales person. You know self-publishing is only the first step. To have any measure of success you need to invest time and money into marketing and selling your book. You need to make contacts and pound the bricks. None of these are my strong point so I’ll just bask in the reviews and good word of mouth my books have afforded me and put off worrying about stellar numbers. Follow this link to read Janet’s take on this question: http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/2017/02/will-self-publishing-doom-me.html