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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:
 
 
The Ten Phases of Rejection (Tahereh Mafi)
by way of April Henry (aka aprilhenry)
 
Are there really that many people out there writing books? (Nathan Bransford)
 
How NOT to get published (Dawn Metcalf aka dawn_metcalf)
 
Differences Between Middle Grade and Young Adult (Rose Cooper)
 
Conferences, workshops, and classes (Jennifer R. Hubbard aka writerjenn)
 
Podcast #41: [Viewpoint] (Gregory Frost aka frostokovich)
 
The World is Not Enough: The Challenge of Fitting Writing into an Already Busy Schedule (Maggie Jamison)
 
Maximising your chances at getting your manuscript read (Jennifer Fallon)
by way of Live Journal’s eneit 
 
What Are Rules For? (Paul Woodlin aka paulwoodlin)

BICFOK (Elspeth Cross aka elspethcross)

 

 

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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peadarog
Oct. 8th, 2010 08:01 am (UTC)
I notice you failed to include my article about making books from frogskin. I am disappointed in you and your punishment will be severe.
jongibbs
Oct. 8th, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
Lol, I felt that might be a little too extreme for some of the more squemish folks who frequent this part of the blogosphere.

By the way, I finished The Inferior the other night. An enjoyable read. Are you planning a sequel?
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ideealisme
Oct. 8th, 2010 08:10 am (UTC)
Thanks for the list, Jon. I liked Tahereh Mafi's take on rejections!

I do disagree with the "How Not to Get Published" woman when she says starting a query "Dear Sir/Madam" is the kiss of death. If you're John bloody Steinbeck, they're not going to care, frankly. And if they do, it's not very businesslike of them to get their knickers in a twist about something so small. But that's just my opinion.
jongibbs
Oct. 8th, 2010 08:37 am (UTC)
To be fair, if you're called 'John bloody' anything, folks are less likely to risk upsetting you, in case you show them how you got your name :P
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maryjdal
Oct. 8th, 2010 09:02 am (UTC)
The ten phrases of rejection was a very funny read - and pretty accurate. :)
karin_gastreich
Oct. 8th, 2010 10:06 am (UTC)
THanks for another great list! I really enjoyed the ten phases of rejection. :)
jongibbs
Oct. 8th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
I think we can all relate to that one :)
msstacy13
Oct. 8th, 2010 10:21 am (UTC)
And, of course, I'm hoping Dawn Metcalf is at least a little bit wrong
about self-publishing, but I'm not yet in a position to contradict her on that point.
*sigh*
jongibbs
Oct. 8th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
There are plenty of folks who've done well through self-publishing. Mind you, there are plenty of folks who did well through traditional publishing, and that's no guarantee of success for anyone else's book either.
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medleymisty
Oct. 8th, 2010 10:57 am (UTC)
The rules one - it made me feel all weird and wrong. I do not deal well with rules. Or with people who expect other people to follow their rules, lol.

Ah well - my work finds readers. :) Devoted ones of all ages and genders and beliefs, at that. I know my readers range from nine year olds (for Valley - hopefully they're not reading 10) to people in their mid-forties.

I feel I should clarify that my dislike of rules does not mean that I...well...I'm not trying to be pretentious and postmodernist or any of that. It's just...I do what the story wants. Not what the market wants, not what readers want, not what I want. The story tells me how it should go, and I will not have external structures imposed between me and it.

Actually, I will not have external structures imposed on me at all. :)

And all the others - they all create this same feeling of sickness, of betrayal of who I am, in my stomach.

I think...I think my aim is not traditional publishing any more, if it ever was. I feel increasingly distanced from...everyone, really. The mainstream and the people who are rebelling against it as a matter of...well, the way I put it to a friend was "choosing the goth identity in reaction to the jock/cheerleader identity". It's just another set of rules, another mainstream.

I'm making my own identity.

So...thank you for posting these links and for helping me come to this insight.

*strikes out on own path*
jongibbs
Oct. 8th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
So long as it works for you, I'd say 'Go for it' :)
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bogwitch64
Oct. 8th, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
Dawn's cracked me up, but I'm partial to smarminess. ;) Thanks, Jon!
jongibbs
Oct. 8th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
My pleasure, Terri :)
snapes_angel
Oct. 8th, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
Here's one = DAW book blog interview with Peter Stampfel, the Submissions Editor for DAW Books.
snapes_angel
Oct. 8th, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
...Well, i thought it was interesting and informative, anyway. He has a band, too.
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snapes_angel
Oct. 8th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
Sympathy on having to close comments due to Sir Spamalot. I haven't gotten over to LinksAPlenty lately, but I've had to set up moderation for comments there, due to the spam. Not that I expect a lot of commentary anyway, as it's writing links and not commentary.

Hm, I probably should do a full update over there, at some point...
jongibbs
Oct. 8th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
I get very little spam here on lJ, but the FAWG blog gets tons of it. Even now, several slip through the net every week :(
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jongibbs
Oct. 8th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, Jenn :)
tracy_d74
Oct. 8th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
So many funny ones this week. Thanks you!!!
jongibbs
Oct. 9th, 2010 07:43 am (UTC)
You're welcome, Tracy :)
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