Here is my little friend Ignatius, who sits on my desk at work and cheers me year round. Every year at Christmas, he dons his gay apparel and greets anyone foolish enough to traverse the corridor to my office. I thought I’d share his special holiday cheer with all of you.
I don’t know what kind of animal Ignatius was, but he was found one day in the woods, lost and alone. I know he’s happy now, because he’s always smiling. He keeps me company while I catalog books and scour the web for this week’s lunch hour links for writers.
This week we’re looking at a lot of posts on self-publishing, print-on-demand (aka POD publishing), vanity presses and the like. Unfortunately, some of our readers who are in favor of self-publishing may be offended, because I didn’t see a lot of posts advocating self-publishing. I try to be impartial and give you an opportunity to make up your mind about these issues, so if you know of some links advocating self-publishing with facts and figures, let me know.
Of course, all this commotion was set off by the Harlequin/Horizons (now Horizons is being called DellArte) fiasco from last week. Author Jackie Kessler has a great breakdown of what is wrong with Harlequin’s reasoning in her post Harlequin Horizons versus RWA.
You might want to get your feet wet on the subject with Jane Smith’s post at How Publishing Really Works where she declares Max Dunbar is her new best friend. Then follow her link to Dunbar’s post on The Great Underground Myth: Why Self Publishing Doesn’t Work.
Once you’ve absorbed some of the terminology, go to a highly recommended post from literary agents Carolyn and Ashley Grayson of the Ashley Grayson Literary Agency. Their post, Hyatt Has No Reservations, answers issues raised by Michael Hyatt, the CEO of Thomas Nelson, who tried to explain Why Agents May Be Opposed to Self-Publishing. The link to Hyatt’s post is also in the Grayson post, so you don’t have to come back here for it. Both posts are lengthy, but well worth the read.
J.A. Konrath gives a dollars and cents view of the self-publishing experience where he generously shares his Kindle Numbers: Traditional Publishing vs. Self Publishing. There is a caveat, though, Konrath is only talking about his e-book figures, not print, so read his post with that in mind.
Follow up MacGregor’s post and visit my friend Jonathan Danz, who Got Thinking about Jeff Vandermeer’s post on author platforms. You can see links to Vandermeer’s posts and a short video on Jonathan’s site.
THE CRAFT OF WRITING
We’ve talked quite a bit about editing and revising manuscripts, but this link tweeted by @inkyelbows is great. It’s an excerpt from Kate Greenville’s book, The Writing Book, and the excerpt is entitled How Much Should You Revise?
At the BubbleCow blog is a great series on being a proactive writer. Here is the third post in that series Proactive Writer: Embrace Technology (links are there for the previous two articles in the series).
Nathan Bransford has a post on How to Respond to a Manuscript Critique/Editorial Letter. His advice holds true whether you are working on revisions prior to publication or if you’re working through revisions suggested by your critique group.
Hey, hey! One of my pet peeves is proven correct. Thank goodness for the Oxford comma, and Maeve Maddox shows you how to wield it with uncommon grace in her post, The Serial Comma is OK With Me.
Charlie Jane Anders has put together some valuable advice from published authors on how to Bridge the Gap Between Two Cool Moments in Your Novel.
I’d also like to point out a new link in the sidebar to John Robert Marlow’s Self Editing Blog. He has some super articles there on technique and story structure.
This was just too good to resist, file it under your funny for the day, but in case you missed New Moon, there’s a great summary of the action (or lack thereof) here with Genevieve Valentine’s post, New Moon: The Bad, The Worse, and the WTF. Valentine also talks about some of the negative self-images young women may be receiving from Meyer’s novels.
Andris Zalitis sent a cool link to a nature sounds program he devised. If you need soothing nature noises to drive out the traffic and distractions, visit Nature Sounds for Me and experiment with his free nature sounds mixer.
Looking for that special gift for the hard to buy for dark fantasy/horror fiend, er, family member? Well go here and see Kerry Kate’s doll collection.
Yes sir, your little darlings will be enchanted when they find one of these cool dolls in their stockings come Christmas morn! I know I would!
Sick to death of Santa and those pesky elves on your Christmas cards? Too much holiday cheer and not enough drear? Well skip over to Lisa Mannetti’s Chancery House for some really cool holiday cards that will get you in the holiday spirits, er, spirit.
MORE NIBBLES AND LINKS
Jane Friedman at Writers’ Digest is back with the Writers’ Digest Best Tweets for Writers.
While I was off slacking, Andy Shackcloth was busy gathering some great links for his Sunday Wash-up. Bookmark Andy’s page where you can find great articles and the best links that he can find on the Internet.
That’s it for this week, and I certainly hope I haven’t forgotten anyone, but just in case roll through the sidebar and visit a few of the folks there.
Have a great week!