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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Scarcity and Abundance (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) [Jon’s Pick of the week]

It's been done before, or, the snapped twig (Jennifer R. Hubbard aka writerjenn)

Why the DOJ's Potential Lawsuit Over the Agency Model is a Really Big Deal (Nathan Bransford)

The Well Drawn Villain (Mike Kabongo)

Writing Multiple Books a Year (Elizabeth Spann Craig)

What’s an Author-Agent Agreement? (Rachelle Gardner)

Thoughts on social media (The Intern)

How Does a Publishing Auction Work? (Rachelle Gardner)

How do you deal with writer envy? (Patty Jansen)

When a Writing Contest Has a Hidden Agenda (Victoria Strauss)



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2011, and last week’s list.



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jongibbs
Mar. 17th, 2012 08:55 am (UTC)
Good points all.

I feel pretty much the same. I see blogging and (to a lesser extent) other social media as a way to get off people's 'Never heard of him' list and onto their 'That name rings a bell' list. Sure, sales do come as a result, but not too many, and certainly not in life-changing numbers, but as you said, that's not what it's really about.
lavericknine
Mar. 17th, 2012 05:44 am (UTC)
Very interesting blog posts. Many of the ones I read have a unique, trendy writing style (Jansen's was a lot of fun.) Thanks for linking these.

I also read the INTERN's post. I'm in the boat with the people who go by recommendation and Goodreads. From what I've heard and read word of mouth is still the main way to sell anything. If I wrote a book and targeted a niche audience I might put more effort into online, but I don't necessarily want people to feel obligated (as some mentioned in comments.)

I think having a website is important. Whenever I want to know more about an author or research an author it's nice to be able find a hub of information. If I find a news feed or blog it's can be frustrating. I want specific information.
jongibbs
Mar. 17th, 2012 08:56 am (UTC)
I know what you mean. We definitely need somewhere folks can go to find out static or slow-changing information about is and our work without having to search for it.
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