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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week (plus a few from December 17th - 31st):
 
 
The Pitch Begins With Premise (Vicky Dreiling)
by way of Lucienne Diver (aka varkat)
 
Creating a Long-term Writing Career (Stephen Cannell)
by way of Robert Kern
 
The Inner Editor vs. the Inner Critic (Maggie Jamison)
 
The Biggest Mistakes Writers Make When Querying Literary Agents (J. M. Tohline)
by way of April Henry (aka aprilhenry)
 
How Much to Sell Yourself (Mary Kole)
 
Elmore Leonard on Writing
by way of J. T. Glover (aka jtglover)
 
Borders, Post-mortem (Joshua Bilmes)
by way of Greg Frost (aka frostokovich)
 
When Publishing Dreams Become a Nightmare (Rachelle Gardner)
 
The 7 Deadly Sins of Paranormal Romance (Chuck Sambuchino)
 
A little something under the tree for writers (Karen W. Newton aka karen_w_newton)
 
Writing by the numbers (Shari Green aka sharigreen )
 
Tidbits (Victoria Strauss)

 

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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tracy_d74
Jan. 7th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot for increasing my stress about being published with the "publishing nightmare" post. :p
jongibbs
Jan. 7th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
Stress is good. It reminds you you're alive :)
tracy_d74
Jan. 7th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
Whatever! :)
a_r_williams
Jan. 7th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
How Much to Sell Yourself was good.

Oh, and if you liked Joshua's Blimes take on Borders you may also be interested in these other takes.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch: http://kriswrites.com/2011/01/05/the-business-rusch-rapid-change-changing-times-part-twelve/

JA Konrath: http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2010/12/death-spiral.html

What I find interesting about the posts are the different ideas of where big publishing is heading where they view big publishers as heading.
jongibbs
Jan. 7th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing, Aaron :)
sallymn
Jan. 7th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
That historical wordtracker has been bookmarked with glee and thanks to both of you :)

The 7 Deadly Sins one was good too, and not only for romance...
jongibbs
Jan. 8th, 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
Thanks, Sally :)
karen_w_newton
Jan. 7th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
I thought the Bilmes post was the best in-depth explanation of why Borders started having problems in the first place. A bookstore lives and dies by its inventory, so not having the right books when people walk in the door is almost bound to be fatal.

And thanks for the mention!
jongibbs
Jan. 8th, 2011 06:12 am (UTC)
My pleasure, Karen. It was a useful post :)
careann.wordpress.com
Jan. 9th, 2011 04:07 am (UTC)
You always come up with some great sites to share! Thanks for this list. There's only one familiar one in the bunch so I'll have fun checking out the others. (Shari Green is my daughter. :) )
jongibbs
Jan. 9th, 2011 12:43 pm (UTC)
Shari Green is my daughter

In that case, I hope that's the one you'd already read ;)
jtglover
Jan. 12th, 2011 09:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link, Jon! :-)
jongibbs
Jan. 12th, 2011 10:14 am (UTC)
My pleasure, John :)
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