Monday, June 25, 2012

The Morning Pages: 06-25-12


Psycology Today - From Blog to Book: How to Succeed on the Internet: "Perhaps the most extraordinary facet of Nick’s writing process is how public it was. Since he began a tumblr blog in 2010, Nick has amassed a steady readership of online fans. This built-in audience has been privy to sneak peeks and excerpts from his novel, before it was even really a novel. But this is no ordinary group of well wishers composed of family and friends, but a massive army of more than 100,000 fans who bombard his site with thousands of responses of encouragement and little red hearts each time he posts – whether it is a photograph or a single quote."

The Guardian - Has Twitter's #badwritingtips Improved Writing?: "Ah, Twitter. With your endless links, distractions and feral gangs of impassioned pop fans (I'm still feeling the wrath of Michael Jackson fans after posting a joke about him a week or two ago), you are indeed the writer's worst enemy. Just occasionally, though, Twitter is good for something and the #badwritingtips hashtag that has been trending on and off for the past two days has produced a plethora of barbed nuggets by and for writers, professional and amateur alike. Agents, book cover designers and publishers chipped in too."

The Wall Street Journal: What Makes Bad Writing: It's impossible to define bad writing because no one would agree on a definition. We all know it when we see it, and we all see it subjectively. I remember going almost mad with irritation at how many times Carolyn Chute used the phrase 'fox-color eyes' in her best-selling novel 'The Beans of Egypt, Maine'—bad writing, I thought. On Amazon, other readers called it 'brilliant.'"

Rachelle Gardner - How We Choose the Best Publisher: "Crucial to the author’s positive publishing experience is the editor who’s acquiring the book. It’s important to us that the editor convey sincere enthusiasm for the author and their book(s). We want an editor who has truly caught the vision for the book and hopefully for the author’s career; someone who seems to appreciate the author’s unique style and wants to work with it (as opposed to immediately offering ideas for changing it)."

K.M. Weiland - Are You Writing Your Novel Too Fast?: "As a reader, I often cringe at the notion of authors churning out a book (or more) a year. Not that some authors can’t balance consistent excellence with speed, but too often quality is sacrificed for quantity [...] When it comes to writing, I admit I’m a tortoise. I spend roughly a year outlining and researching, a year writing the first draft, and as much as five years editing the thing. I deliberately plan three years between each of my publications, and I’m always a book ahead of myself."

A Dribble of Ink - Publishing Isn't a Meritocracy, It's a Casino: "In 2011, after much angst and delay, my first novel, God’s War, came out from Night Shade Books. It went on to win the Kitschy Award for Best Debut Novel and was nominated for a Nebula Award as well as a Locus Award for Best First Novel. I earned out my advance in about six months and sealed the deal for the third book in the series not long after that. I’ve also just sold UK and audio rights for all three novels in the series. Looks like a smashing good success all around when you string it all together like that, doesn’t it? In fact, it looks almost miraculously easy, as if I must have written some kind of exceptional book or something. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love my books. But I also read a lot of other books in 2011 that I thought were a lot better, some of which didn’t make any awards list and many of which are still earning out their (probably substantially larger) advances.

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