Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Morning Pages - 05/26/12

Joe Konrath with another takedown of traditional publishing: "What we have here is an entire industry using boilerplate contracts and universally accepted one-sided clauses to exploit an entire segment of people.This system is designed to take advantage of Authors' naivete and lack of bargaining power, and it uses the promise of publication as a carrot to get them to accept onerous, deeply biased terms."

The Write Practice: Don't Write Well, Write Now

Wordserve Water Cooler - Plot by Numbers: "Show, don’t tell. Watch your participial phrases. Don’t head hop. Whatever you do, stay within manuscript length recommendations. For a writer scrambling to keep up with all the dos and don’ts, the writing profession can seem full of arbitrary rules. And when someone breaks said rules and goes on to win awards, it’s tempting to follow suit. One standard you shouldn’t buck, however, is a publishing house’s word-length requirements.Why? Shouldn’t you let your story tell itself without regard for its length?"

Writer Unboxed - What Authors Forget About Marketing: "I think we can all agree that every author has a distinct writing voice or style, and that—over time—authors usually develop stronger and more confident voices.What is acknowledged less often is how every author has (or should have) a distinct marketing voice and approach.Sometimes, because we have less experience with marketing, or feel uncomfortable with the practice, we brace ourselves, even change ourselves, to engage in the activity.This is good for nobody."

 

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