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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:
 
Let’s Talk Dialect (Gloria Oliver)
 
Ten Ways to be Awkward at a Writer’s Conference (Mary Demuth)
 
What’s Your Blog Identity (Rachelle Gardner)
 
The Myth of Overnight Success (C. Hope Clark)
 
Arguing Book Piracy (Jim C. Hines akajimhines )
 
Combining Characters (Kathryn Craft)
 
How to Write a Synopsis When You Have Lots of Characters in Your Story (Chuck Sambuchino)
 
How do you get all that information? (Jonathan Maberry)
 
Query Rant (Lucienne Diver aka varkat )

Writers as Salespeople (L. J. Sellers)  


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.

 

If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of interesting blog posts from 2010




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kathryncraft
Jan. 21st, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks Jon--great stuff this week! Thanks for the mention. Loved Chuck's post on un-complicating the synopsis--most valuable.
jongibbs
Jan. 21st, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
Those synopsis thingies can be a real pain :)
bogwitch64
Jan. 21st, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
I had to LOL at the spelling-error mistake back and forth on Lucienne Diver's blog. Too funny.
jongibbs
Jan. 21st, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
:)
akossket
Jan. 21st, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
"Let's Talk Dialect" and "The myth of overnight success" were my favorites.
jongibbs
Jan. 21st, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you found them useful :)
asakiyume
Jan. 22nd, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
A lot of good ones here--thanks as always. I left a comment on Gloria Oliver's post as I've been thinking about speech patterns and things recently.
jongibbs
Jan. 22nd, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
Speech patterns are fun to write :)
a_r_williams
Jan. 22nd, 2011 05:21 am (UTC)
I liked the "Writer's as Sales People". One thing she didn't mention though, is that publishers try to make most of their money from the first few months of the book. Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch refer to this as the produce model.

In self-publishing writers have the lifetime of the book in order to generate revenue.

Great link, Jon.

Sadly, I don't think publishing companies will get it, until a lot of the mid-list writers go independent.
jongibbs
Jan. 22nd, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
I think in all publishing, but in self-publishing especially, generating awareness is the key.
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jongibbs
Jan. 24th, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)
Good points all. Much as I like having an eBook contract, I want a traditional print one too :)
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jongibbs
Jan. 25th, 2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
I hope we're all in both e- and print!

You and me both :)
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jongibbs
Jan. 24th, 2011 08:20 am (UTC)
There's so much writerly etiquette that seems obvious to some folks but alien to others.
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jongibbs
Jan. 25th, 2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've seen that happen. That's when a good moderator comes in handy.
gloriaoliver
Jan. 25th, 2011 09:26 am (UTC)
Thanks for listing me! Appreciate it!
Glad it was helpful. :)
jongibbs
Jan. 25th, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, Gloria :)
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