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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week: 
How to take rejection like a pro (Elissa Cruz aka elissacruz)  
Research is love (Seanan McGuire aka seanan_mcguire) 
The intimate truth about writing (Tracy Dickens aka tracy_d74)  
The Horror, the Horror  (Jonathan Maberry)  
Marion Zimmer Bradley vs. Fan-fiction (Jim C. Hines aka jimhines) 
A Word to the Wise [or as I would have called it: I hope Karma comes back to bite these people on the bum!] (Karen Syed)  
Process, rearranging and smushing chapters (Jodi Meadows aka jmeadows)  
A Writerly Rant on Cashing in (Clint Harris aka wendigomountain) 
First Steps to Building Your Author Brand (Blythe Gifford) 
Piracy… Again (Joe Konrath) 
How to Write a Rejection Letter. Or Not? (Dave Thompson aka krylyr) 
E-Books Rewrite Bookselling (Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg) 
by way of Jeff Widmer 
How to Write a One Sentence Pitch (Nathan Bransford) 

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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May. 28th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks Jon, as always, for the excellent links.

May. 28th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
My pleasure, as always :)
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May. 28th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks, M.G. :)
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May. 28th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
I've met Jonathan a couple of times. He's a really nice guy, and well-deserving of his success :)
May. 28th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
I continue to find that if I read or talk about the process of writing while I am hip deep in something I'm working on, I get side tracked! That being said I skimmed through all of them and quite like them as a set. I'm being a bit lazy I suppose, but I give myself the right to be today. I will however join the "shout-out club for scrivener. Whether you plan everything out ahead of time or not, scrivener really helps you keep track of things in a meaningful fashion.

As far as publishing... I'm saying screw the big publishing houses, this is the age of the internet. has been for nearly twenty years. At least until I make it big with my own cult following...
May. 28th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
A cult following would be nice :)
May. 28th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
Although if an editor is going to complain about how poorly written, spell checked, and otherwise not up to snuff the materials that they have lately received are, said editor might want to consider spell/grammar said complaint before publishing it online - it kind of takes the wind out your sails. I'm just saying...
May. 28th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Lol, I guess, but it must be frustrating when folks send their (supposedly) highly-polished manuscripts that way.
May. 28th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Yikes! The one from Echelon Press is awful!!! People really do that?? REALLY? How do you take advantage like that?

I hope karma bites them in the bum too! Oh, wait...wishing ill on someone is karmically bad. Hmmm...instead I'll say, "May such people reap what they sow." There. That was nice, right?
May. 28th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Very nice, but it's too late :P
May. 28th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
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May. 28th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
He is one smart cookie, that Nathan :)
May. 28th, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
That MZB bit from J Hines was interesting!
May. 28th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it. There's a lot to think about before attempting fan fiction, I'd say.
May. 28th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, glad you liked it!

(Hee-hee. Although "Harris" is actually pronounced "Thompson" :)
May. 28th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. I'changed it now :)
May. 29th, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
Okay, I'm at my mum's and her computer speed is equivalent to the speed at which paint dries. I read some of the posts. Will read more when I am on a computer made in the past decade.

Nathan's and Jodi's I had read. They are brilliant those two. The rant . . .erm gripe from the publisher was powerful. Sad. I liked the taking rejection. Funny and Wise.

Thanks for bringing all these great links together. And thanks for the head nod again. :)
May. 29th, 2010 09:34 am (UTC)
You're welcome, Tracy :)
May. 29th, 2010 06:04 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jon. Great links as usual.

I'll try to post more over the weekend.

May. 29th, 2010 09:34 am (UTC)
My pleasure :)
May. 30th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday Ian!
May. 30th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
Lol, am I missing something here? :)
May. 31st, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
Ian Fleming, that is. Just a reference to the James Bond blog entry you did a while back . . . it's a bit off-topic so I waited until this was no longer your "current" entry.
May. 31st, 2010 11:02 am (UTC)
Now I understand. You had me confused there for a while, not that getting me confused takes much doing :)
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