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

Authors and Self-Promotion (Jodi Meadows aka jmeadows) 
 
Top 25 Reasons Your Stories are Rejected (Heidi M. Thomas)[JON’S PICK OF THE WEEK]
 
Talking to Agents or Editors at Conferences (Mary Kole)
 
Writer Bashing (or, What Good is a Bad Critique?) (Carol J. Garvin)
 
Some Agents Look for other Ways to make Money (April Henry aka aprilhenry)
 
A Day at the Writer’s Spa (Maurissa Guibord aka mguibord)
 
Writing in a Foreign Language (Jakob Drud aka jakobdrud)
 
How To Get Published, Part 1: Where Do I Start? (Dawn Metcalf aka dawn_metcalf)
 
Coordinating a book blog tour: Dotting your Rs and crossing your…Rs (Crystal Patriarche)
 
Inspiration Station (Aaron R. Williams aka a_r_williams)
 
Description (Michelle Sagara aka msagara)
by way of Mike Lawson (aka mtlawson)
 
EBook Pricing (Joe Konrath)
 
Demystifying the Mystical Art of Negotiation (Lucienne Diver aka varkat)
 
Tools for Marketing and Promotion (Lillian Cauldwell) 

 

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.




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clarionj
Oct. 1st, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
I'm just starting to work through the list but those top 25 reasons a story is rejected--invaluable! I'm going to keep it open alongside whatever I work on today!
jongibbs
Oct. 1st, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
I've printed it out for use in critiques :)
peadarog
Oct. 1st, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
A frightening scene, that one with all the agents looking for new ways to make money...
jongibbs
Oct. 1st, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
It is indeed. Let's hope it doesn't come to pass.
asakiyume
Oct. 1st, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
I have to respectfully disagree with you about your pick of the week. I can't argue with the *facts*--if the agents and editors say these are the reasons they reject stories, then these are the reasons they reject stories--but I really dislike the direction they push stories in. I have enjoyed novels and short stories that have several of these purported flaws (opening with an image, opening with dialogue, opening with a rhetorical question, not enough happening on page one). Most of the reasons for rejection were subjective (it wasn't just opening with an image; it was "opening with an image that didn't work"--but what works and what doesn't is going to vary from person to person, I'd imagine). Some seemed rather overly specific to be useful--for example, opening with the phrase "this can't be happening"--I mean, what are the chances that someone's novel or short story starts with that? I guess it's the editors' and agents' way of saying, "Don't start with what you think is a grabby line but is actually a cliché." That's probably good advice, but in order to follow it--in order to do more than just avoid "This can't be happening"--you'll need to read a lot of books, so you can see what's so common that it's becoming a cliché.

But hey--I enjoyed the post all the same, because it provoked all these reactions in me. So maybe I think it's a good pick after all. Thanks for linking :-)

I really enjoyed Maurissa and Jodi's posts.

Edited at 2010-10-01 01:16 pm (UTC)
jongibbs
Oct. 1st, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
I see what you're saying, Francesca. I imagine few people will agree with everything on Heidi's list. In fact, I personally don't agree with the one about not opening a story with dialogue. 'Where's Papa going with that axe?' (Charlotte's Web) is a great example of a story that does just that to great effect.

Even so, I think Heidi put together some really useful information. I especially liked her 'This is why I would read beyond page' list, so I'm going to stand by my decision :)

asakiyume
Oct. 1st, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC)
Well, I definitely was interested to see how the editors and agents were thinking :-)

jongibbs
Oct. 1st, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Every now and then, we get a panel of slush readers from Space And Time Magazine to come talk to us at the GSHW. I've found it eye-opening (as well as useful) getting inside info from folks who actually make the initial decision as to whether or not a story gets passed up the line for consideration.

Of course, knowing what doesn't work is the easy bit. Writing the stuff that does...? :)

kmarkhoover
Oct. 1st, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
Top 25 Reasons was excellent advice and insight. Thanks.
jongibbs
Oct. 1st, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
My pleasure, Mark :)
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jongibbs
Oct. 1st, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
They can dress it up any way they like, but as far as I'm concerned, once an agent starts charging his clients, he/she's little better than those other scam artists out there.
bogwitch64
Oct. 1st, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Gads, I REALLY needed these links this week. I missed so much. Thanks, Jon! XX
jongibbs
Oct. 2nd, 2010 06:58 am (UTC)
My pleasure, Terri :)
wordsrmylife
Oct. 2nd, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
As always, I found your collection useful, entertaining, and thoughtful.
jongibbs
Oct. 2nd, 2010 06:58 am (UTC)
Thanks, Katherine :)
a_r_williams
Oct. 2nd, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jon :)
jongibbs
Oct. 3rd, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
My pleasure, Aaron :)
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