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
I found this on Anne R. Allen’s really helpful blog and I must say some of these shocked me. I have even received some of these. Lastly anyone who knows me knows what I feel about #8, give you a hint, I hate that. Check out the whole list for yourself, right here. http://annerallen.com/stupid-writing-rules-12-bad-writing-tips/
The internet has been full of articles about fake news lately. Just what is fake news? It’s not as black and white as you may think. Speaking of that analogy, there is a video game by Treasure, called Ikaruga where you toggle between a white and black spaceship, while in the white state you absorb bullets that are white but die if you touch anything black, and vice-versa. We’ve become pretty much like that little spaceship, absorbing what we match and reacting violently to anything we don’t. So naturally the the journey to anything resembling truth is a perilous one. I could go on but I think Nathan Bransford summed it up perfectly in this article. http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2016/11/the-end-of-truth.html
A democratic society depends on information, but more than that it depends on information that is delivered equally. That equality is currently under attack. Even as writers of fiction we need truth in small pieces to help us sell our readers the more fantastic bits. That bit of truth creates a common ground for the reader and pulls them into the story. What happens when we don’t agree on what that ground is? We get confusion and right now we have a lot of confusion. In the past we relied on truth to give us a common point of reference. Now, not so much. Our differences and our opinions are the new truth. It kind of gives me an idea of a story where no one experiences the same reality. Wait a minute, according to Quantum Theory that’s what we do every day. So then is truth overrated?
In the past, I’m talking before email, querying agents meant either typing up or printing 30 letters or using some kind of mail merge program to put in the names and addresses. There wasn’t much room to add in any personal remarks. Email has made that process much simpler and as a result many have taken to personalizing their query letter for the agent. Is it helpful? Will it make a difference? Who knows. For myself, I do usually begin my query with a sentence saying why I am sending the letter to that specific agent. But then again why go by what I do? Here is what some professionals in the field think about personalized query letters. In particular here is a blog post from Nathan Bransford replying to a post from Janet Reid, http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2016/11/in-defense-of-personalized-queries-and.html on that very subject.
Next month will bring us back to National Novel Writing Month. In preparation of it Nathan Bransford posted this great resource. I suggest giving it a look before you chain your leg to your computer desk.
If you’re looking at a blank sheet of paper and have the idea that you are going to fill that paper with words and call it your first novel you need to read this post from Joanna Penn at thecreativepenn.com: Writing Fiction: 7 Steps to Write Your First Novel.
I’m thinking of printing his out and taping it to my laptop cover. Remember tons of authors had to write a first novel at some point, the only difference is now you might have a better idea of what you’re getting into.