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Book #Awards for #Indie #ebooks

December 13, 2012 Leave a comment

I came across a great listing of various awards open to Indie/self-published writers. Click here for details.

Literary Agents Relevant in Digital World? An Agent’s Thoughts

December 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Authors can now publish their own books via Amazon, B&N, Smashwords etc. They even get to keep a larger percentage of their royalties than if they went the traditional literary agent-publisher route.

Are literary agents even relevant anymore? Agent Wendy Lawton has some thoughts about this in her blog post. While I agree with most of her points, authors who can network and market and are generally savvy can manage their own careers quite successfully.

Also, keep in mind, not all agents know what they’re doing, or have good contacts. Plenty of authors have got burnt due to clueless agents. And then there is the huge cut of your earnings the publisher and agent takes. Versus what Amazon et al. pay if you can make the sales. Tough choice.

Here’s Wendy’s post.

GUEST BLOG: Chris Redding

November 28, 2011 1 comment

Holidays.

I love them.

But I am not productive during them. I like my routine though I do need to shake it up sometimes. But it is my routine that keeps me on an even keel. It is my routine that allows me to write and be productive.

I’m writing this two days after Thanksgiving. I’m not stuffed. We had a huge hike yesterday, but I am a little discombobulated. Not that I would trade in any holiday for anything.

I just wish I knew a better way to get back on the wagon of my routine. So here I am writing a blog post and not really sure what to say in it.

Later I have to write a longer one.

Still not sure what to say in that one.

I know writers who don’t take time off. I don’t think that’s good for everyone. I’m someone who needs down time. I also need to live and interact with my family. They kind of like when I do that.

But what I really want to do is finish my next workshop. I need to do a little more research and then finish the lectures, but I can’t seem to wrap my brain around it.

I’m sure this happens to writers, but does it happen to others?

Does an electrician say he doesn’t feel like wiring today? Nope.

So what am I doing? Priming the pump with this blog post. Just write. Just sit in the chair and move your hands over the keyboard. It will prime the pump. You will get moving again. You just have to commit to it.

The other option is called “Refilling the Well.” Do something creative other than writing. If you like to knit or arrange flowers. Whatever you hobby/skill is, do it. Then come back to the keyboard and you will find that the words flow.

Thanks for listening to my ramble.

Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her husband, two kids, one dog and three rabbits. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. When she isn’t writing she works part time for her local hospital.

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What’s Your Genre?

People on the Novels group of the Internet Writing Workshop are most likely sick of my obsession with genres :-),  but it is really important to know which slot your book fits in. Agent Query has a great article on this, and they also list more resources. Well worth the time to check it out. Click here for details.

5 Free Ebooks Every Writer Needs

June 5, 2011 2 comments

Another great post from the fine folks at the Writer’s Digest. Click here for details.

 

Harlan Coben’s Interview

May 29, 2011 2 comments

Harlan Coben’s interview with the Writer’s Digest (I just LOVED this response) –

Q. You’ve said you used to make fun of “write what you know,” but that you’ve actually made it work for you. Are there other adages you find to be bad advice?

A. The one I hate the most is when writers say, “I write only for myself. I don’t care who reads it.” That to me is like saying, “I talk only to myself. I don’t care who listens.” Writing is about communication. You can call it art and you can call it commerce, but without the other side it’s playing catch and you’re throwing the ball and no one’s there to catch it. And that’s a really important thing to remember. People writing only for themselves, it’s probably therapy.

Click here for the rest of the article. Worth a read.

Social Networking and Writing

LinkedIn can be a very useful tool for writers and publishing professionals. Media Bistro lists some 45 groups that can help writers. Click here for details.

Publishing in Kindle

Charlaine Harris has become the fourth author to sell over 1 million Kindle books, Amazon announced. Click herehere for the author’s website.

Flash Fiction Contest

Write a story between 500-800 words where every single word is absolutely essential to the story. There should be nothing superfluous. First prize $100. Click here for details.

New Writing Contest

Rewrite a story of your choice in 3000 words or less. Pick any author, any genre. Twist it to your heart’s desire. Click here for details.