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

Cues from the Coach: Q and A (Linda Lane)

The Agent Clause (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) [Jon’s Pick of the week]

Promotion is hard. Let's eat donuts. (Seanan McGuire aka seanan_mcguire)

Ebooks Outsell Print! Putting Headlines in Context (Victoria Strauss)

The Writer's Marathon (Elspeth Antonelli)

Adventures in Self-Promotion (Seanan McGuire aka seanan_mcguire)

6 Degrees of Book Trailers: Do You? Would You? Which Ones? (CriminalElement.com)

Warm, But Not Fuzzy (Tex Thompson aka tex_maam)

“As You Know, Bob…” (Michael A. Ventrella)

Literary Agent Scams: Still Around, But On the Wane (Victoria Strauss)

The Publishing Pipeline (Natalie Whipple )


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2011, and last week’s list.

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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Aug. 10th, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
Of course you know, Bob,
that Doctor McCoy wasn't merely comic relief,
as in, "Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor not a ______!"
He also kept score,
as in, "He's dead, Jim."
and updated anyone who tuned in at the half-hour commercial break,
as in, "Well, Spock, synopsis of first half-hour..."
Aug. 10th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
:D So true. Though I think he shared the honor with Chekov. *kaboom* "Keptin, they are shooting at us." You don't say...
Aug. 11th, 2012 01:09 pm (UTC)
I suspect Chekov spent the first two seasons
working at The Federation's Department of Redundancy Department.
Aug. 11th, 2012 08:43 am (UTC)
That was for the benefit of scaredy-cats like me, who hid behind the sofa when the monsters turned up :P
Aug. 10th, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I hadn't thought about it but book trailers don't tend to do much for me. In fact, I usually only watch them if I happen to already know about the book and be checking the author or book site. The informational trailer makes the most sense logically but wouldn't make me interested unless I already was curious. I liked the example of the comedic one as it would make me want to find out what the book was about. And if it's funny enough, viewers will share with their friends which just increases promotion.

I loved the "As you know, Bob" article. Sadly, I just finished reading a book by an established, award-winning author (not “Self-Published") and the entire book felt like one long information dump. Rinse & repeat - every single chapter. To quote the bottom line "Don’t Be Boring!" - I was so bored. And sad. I'm supposed to write a review for this book. And it's a lot harder to write an honest review when I'm stressing about not being mean. (There's more to it than the dump, which just makes it worse....)
Aug. 11th, 2012 08:42 am (UTC)
Trailers can be fun, but like you, I tend not to watch them unless I know the author, I'm already looing forward to the book, or someone highly recommends it.
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Aug. 11th, 2012 08:40 am (UTC)
I was torn between Seanan's post on promotion and Kristine's post for 'Pick of the week' :)
Aug. 10th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
I liked the "As you know, Bob" article. My (least) favorite of this is the military debriefing, in which everything is explained in a meeting with the Brass that explain the entire operation in about a page, including the exchange "permission to speak freeley, sir." The obverse of that is the maniacal dictator that explains all his plans to his henchmen, countrymen, etc. ala Hitler at Nuremberg. I always wonder what happens after the baddie delivers that speech. Are they all "yeah! Let's go!" or do they mill around for awhile and eat cake?
Aug. 11th, 2012 08:39 am (UTC)
I vote for cake, every time :)
Aug. 11th, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
As you know, Bob--um, Clint,
my research into this tradition is far from exhaustive,
but I'm fairly certain it took root during the days of radio,
and become firmly entrenched in television.
When you have only twenty minutes,
you take a lot of shortcuts.

I particularly like comedies
that beat this dull plowshare into a sword.
Aug. 11th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
The "As you know, Bob," one was really good, but of course you all already know that.
Aug. 15th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
Hey Jon, I just found a post that I thought should be shared & I didn't want to wait till Friday! http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?p=7531
Aug. 15th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
Hi Kat, what's it about?
Aug. 15th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
It's called "The New World: Publishing: Killing Your Sales One Shot at a Time". It's about the mistakes many indie writers make when designing their covers.
Aug. 15th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
You're right, it is a goodie :)
Aug. 15th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
Oh - I just found his post immediately after that one - a part 2: "The Other Foot" - general mistakes indie writers make; promoting instead of writing, only having one print format, pen names, etc.


Oh, and apparently, your pick of the week (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) is his wife!
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