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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Thoughts on Things I Read

A question raised by Susan Adrian has popped up in several places I visit: What to do When You're Waiting? You know that time when you sell your book and it's going through the publishing process. [Self- Publishers don't have to worry. Their book's already e-available.  Usually, too soon.]

I saw Adrian's question, and my mind immediately jumped to the words: write something new. Adrian of course doesn't have such a simple answer. She even goes into what you shouldn't do while you are waiting. Take a look at her blog. I've been reading her for years, and Adrian offers lots of sensible advice.

That's the positive. On the negative side, what's with all these people putting "50 Shades ..." in their title. Yeah, I know the books are best sellers. I've even skimmed through some pages and thought it was boooorrrriiiinnnngg. -- Guess its my anthropological bias again. You know, "participant observation"? -- That's a joke people.

Felt good when I found Writer Beware riding one of my favorite hobby horses: learn your craft if you want to be a writer. The Watchdog blog had a guest posting by Marcia Yudkin, a major author with credentials even.  Yudkin takes on those "get rich quick" promoters of self-publishing in "In Praise of Ripening".

Also found myself in sympathy with Marcella Burnard over at Word Whores. She blogged about "Shouting in the Windstorm" on how the media awkward can be seen/heard in the babble. I'm as guilty as the next in creating babble in the social media as I try to promote on Twitter ... not very effectively. Guess, I spit into the windstorm.

 Finally, you might check the New York Times Book Review section for 28 July 2012. They have some good how-to articles on writing well. If I was dedicated, I'd go down and get the section ... but I don't want to make my hip whine more than it is. I still want to start revising my Pig Prequel tonight.

Oh. Cross your toes for me. I'm still waiting on the critique of  For the Price of a Pig -- my Half-Elven novella in progress -- so I can revise it. I hope to self-publish it before Christmas.

Think I'll be using Book Baby rather than chasing around on the web. 1) I have no idea for a cover. 2) I never seem to have enough time to do everything. ... Maybe when the family get together is over. ... Ha.


Maria Zannini said...

This year I deliberately scaled down all my networking.

Everyone else on the net started to sound like noise to me. It made me wonder if I sounded the same. Then and there I decided that unless I had something important to discuss, I'd limit the pimping to almost nil.

Kay Theodoratus said...

Yeah ... I know what you mean though I still check your frugal ways.

I decided to keep my blog going ... because I find I learn more when I put my thoughts into words.

Margo Berendsen said...

"In Praise of Ripening" says it all. Of course it might sound like sour grapes, but I think people should even dream of publishing until they have three or four books under their belts and have really ripened their writing craft (which I know you do, and I'm getting there. Painfully slow).

Kay Theodoratus said...

If only the process wasn't so painfully slow. I think we forget that apprentices in medieval times spent seven years before they become journeymen. ... Then, they were supposed to continue learning.

In case you're wondering, I still wonder sometimes what went on with that unicorn.