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

Query Bombing: Your Query Timing Questions Answered (Carolyn Kaufman)

Jealousy – Envy – Regret (Ken Schneyer aka ken_schneyer)

Writing When You’re NOT A Reader (Natalie Whipple)

[Writing Post] Getting Paid What We’re Worth (Rhonda Eudaly)

Retraining My Brain (L. J. Sellers)

Know Thy Biz (Misha McGuiness aka misha_mcg)

How to Query Lit Agents: 6 Overlooked Steps (Sara Hockler)

A Safer Way to Get Noticed (Jane Lebak)

Author Advances: Is There Such A Thing as Too Much? (Rachelle Gardner)

When Art and Business Collide (Marie Lamba)

Rules of Genre
(Kiersten White) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
by way of April Henry

If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection ofthe most interesting blog posts from 2010 and last week’s list.

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Aug. 26th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
I hate to sound all "Yeah-yeah-sure-sure" but I did all that.
Which, of course, means that it's good advice.

It may also mean that leaving the first two duds novels
on the hard drive and coming up with something completely different
was a good idea, too.
Aug. 26th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
Have you ever thought about going back to those two novels?
Aug. 26th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you for asking.

Daybreak in Alabama was intended as
the first in a series. If I write and publish
the next one, I could do a revision of the first
as a prequel. As it is, the only reputable publisher I found
that prints macabre historical lesbian ficton
didn't like it.

My only hope for But Soon It Will Be Night
is to write and publish another historical novel;
if I can establish a niche in that market,
this book has a chance.
But the book itself can't be revised or rewritten;
in a sense, it's too well-written.
It does what it does perfectly,
but what it does was probably best left undone.
I don't regret having written it,
and I will always be proud of it,
but it will never be anything I can brag about.
Aug. 26th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
I liked the A Safer Way to get Noticed post. Although the Rules of Genre one was pretty funny!
Aug. 26th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed them :)
Aug. 26th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
The author advance thing is something that comes up again and again, especially at a small press like HRB. Interesting to see it on a larger scale. Thanks!
Aug. 26th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
It would be nice to have to make the tough choice though, wouldn't it? :)
Aug. 26th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
Nice that you got picked up in Shelf Awareness!
Aug. 26th, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
I did?
Aug. 26th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)

I had to hand type it so Google Shelf Awareness for Readers if link doesn't work
Aug. 26th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
Nice one. Thanks for letting me know, April, and while I'm at it, thanks for sharing all those great links on your journal. I've found lots of great blogs through you :)
Aug. 28th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
You know, Jon, no matter the day, since too often I cannot get online on Fridays, I go back and find your Friday list. I learn so much and I'd never have discovered these people otherwise.

'Tis a great service you provide. Please keep it up.
Aug. 29th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Deanna :)
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