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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

This is a timed post because I have about three minutes to write it before I'm off to the copy edits. However! So far, my reward for working on the copy edits is going to the movies and I've seen Sherlock Holmes, which I enjoyed (Robert Downey, Jr. is tremendous) and Avatar, which was truly like nothing I've ever seen. It takes 3-D to a whole other level and if you get a chance to see it, it's so worth it.

What good movies have you seen recently?

Okay, timer is ticking, so here are the links:

Editorial Ass on what second printings mean

Only Justine Musk could talk about writing and Fight Club--yep, you read that right! Check out parts one, two, and three--There are a lot of great things in these posts, which I highly recommend reading. Here's one of my faves: "Growth is messy and awkward.

We fail. We make mistakes.

So what. Let the chips fall where they may. Failure is just another teaching tool. If anything, we should seek to fail as fast and as often as possible."

Want to make sure you *never* get published? Well, here's how you can do that.

In a similar vein, Nathan Bransford repeats an older but still relevant blog post about the importance of not being an ass, or as he says, "But when those difficult and nebulous decisions are being made in a publishing house, such as who gets what advertising and who is going to be the lead title and a great deal of complex factors are being weighed, put a great personality in the "pro" column for an author.

Personality counts."

Lisa Schroeder has some great tips for what you can do when you want to support an author, but don't have the money to buy their book

Rachel Caine has a very sensible post about the so-called death of bookstores--"Periodically, someone will declare the sky is falling, books are dead, and the New Hot Tech will inherit the earth. I think this could be one of those times. And now I shall go buy a book."

Another repeated blog post, but another one well worth reading, this time from A Chair, A Fireplace, & A Tea Cozy about how ARCs are NOT finished books--"When I was discussing this with Carlie Webber, young adult services librarian for BCCLS, New Jersey, she handed me the ARC and book of Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini. The ARC has a chapter not found in the book. Reviewers and those who understand what an ARC is – and isn't – know that when they read the ARC, they are not reading the final book."


Blogger barbrafl said...

Hope the copy edits go alright :) Has to be exciting, knowing you're going to be published. Can't wait for that one day. Every time I sit myself down to write, I keep that goal in my mind's eye. Thanks for the links, they're always great to read :)

December 30, 2009 7:29 PM  
Blogger bj neary said...

A movie I saw last night and laughed and laughed was It's Complicated, Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin and John Krasinski were hysterical- a must see!

December 30, 2009 8:02 PM  

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