Archive for the 'REAL WORLD' Category
Dan Blank on Oct 24 2014 | Filed under: Marketing
Photo by Toby Oxborrow
Many people bemoan the self-involved writer on social media, the one who is constantly vying for attention and over-promoting their own work. This puts other writers (you, perhaps?) into a conundrum: you WANT attention for your work, but only in an elegant manner. Self-promotion, with grace.
This week, I read The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. He tells stories about people managing complex situations, where thousands of small actions mean the difference between life and death [...]
John Vorhaus on Oct 23 2014 | Filed under: Shrinking Violets, Un-Conference
For those of you attending the Writer Unboxed Un-Con – especially the newbies among us – it may be useful to give some thought to how to get the most out of your upcoming writers conference experience. For those of you not attending UnCon, it may be useful to store these tips in a cool, dry place, against the day when you next wander down the conference trail. And for those of you with long experience of writers conferences, it [...]
Jan O'Hara on Oct 20 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, Health
If you had to guess, what portion of the hundred-thousand-mile journey to basic fiction-writing competence would belong to the pursuit and mastery of micro-tension? Ten percent? Thirty? I personally don’t have a clue, yet I’ve been persuaded of its necessity since first being introduced to the concept by WU’s Donald Maass. Accordingly, I’ve done my best to read everything he’s had to say on the subject, several times. I’ve picked apart books that demonstrate micro-tension. (How about that Gillian Flynn’s [...]
Bill Ferris on Oct 18 2014 | Filed under: Humor, Writing life
Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody.
Have spooky decorations and giant grab-bags of candy put you in the mood to write a Halloween story? Or perhaps you’re skipping ahead to Christmas and writing a tale about the beloved Christmas icon, Krampus? No matter what you’re celebrating, holiday stories are a treat for readers and writers alike. You may [...]
Porter Anderson on Oct 17 2014 | Filed under: Business, CRAFT, REAL WORLD, Social Media, Un-Conference, Writing life
How Do You Know If You Can Say No to NaNo?
The Internet has mutated reasonable people into wannabe writers…We are blind to the harsh truth-light-radiating facts such as ‘half of self-published authors earn less than $500’, facts written about in newspapers by professional writers.
That’s Tom Mitchell (@tommycm on Twitter) writing an essay at Medium, War on #amwriting. I must thank my colleague in London, Sheila Bounford, for reminding me of it. It could have been lost in the Bavarian Ether: [...]
Kathleen McCleary on Oct 15 2014 | Filed under: Inspirations, REAL WORLD
photo by Luca Moglia
When I was in the midst of writing my first novel, I gave up. I’d never written fiction before. I had never even taken a class on how to write fiction. I had no idea what I was doing, and I knew I would never get published. I explained all this to my husband.
“You know, even if you never get published,” he said, “It is a huge accomplishment just to finish an entire novel. How many [...]
Erika Robuck on Oct 14 2014 | Filed under: Business, Interviews
I have been with Ellen Edwards at New American Library, a division of Penguin Random House, since I became a traditionally published author. In an age where writers often lament that they do not get edited, I can firmly say that not only do I get edited, but Ellen’s sharp eye, brilliance, and insights have greatly enhanced my work. She is a master at finding the diamond in the rough, and like any great coach, she encourages me to grow and learn [...]
Sharon Bially on Oct 13 2014 | Filed under: Marketing, PR, Publicity, REAL WORLD
Let’s say your book is coming out in several months, and you fall into the camp of those who want to put some time and resources into promoting it. Knowing that that your publisher can’t commit to much more on the publicity side than mailing out galleys to a standard media list, you’ve decided to give it your all, to go ahead and hire an outside publicist.
But as you research firms and see the 5-figure price tags for most campaigns, [...]
Guest on Oct 12 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, Inspirations, Writing life
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Today’s guest is Yona Zeldis McDonough, the award-winning author of six novels, most recently You Were Meant for Me. She is also the author of twenty-three books for children and she’s the editor of two essay collections. Of today’s post, Yona says: “I have written six novels and I want to share some of what I have learned along the way. Writing a novel is a like being a long distance runner—you have to have endurance. [...]
Julia Munroe Martin on Oct 11 2014 | Filed under: Book Talk, Business, Lamentations, Movie Talk, REAL WORLD, Writing life
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Lest you think I’m a “man-hating feminist,” let me assure you I am not. In fact, I like to think that in my day-to-day life mine is a pretty equal world—all things considered. But when I hear things that make me think that women aren’t equal (for whatever reason), I pay attention. And we’ve all seen the tweets about gender inequality in the publishing industry: the rumors (and more) that men are more published than women; that more men’s books are [...]
Writer Unboxed on Oct 07 2014 | Filed under: Un-Conference
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In 27 days, on November 3rd, many of us will be swooping down on Salem, MA, and settling in for a week of unboxed craft talk, community building, and writing. To say we’re excited would be a vast understatement.
Present during the week will be a number of WU contributors, and though not all will be leading sessions, many will.
Promised sessions and workshops:
Wired for Story workshops with Lisa Cron (how to tell a story your readers are wired to [...]
Guest on Oct 05 2014 | Filed under: Book Talk, Business, Inspirations, Marketing, Publicity, REAL WORLD, Writing life
photo by Éole Wind
We’re thrilled to have Joanna Penn back with us today. She’s an author, speaker, and entrepreneur, and was voted one of the Guardian UK Top 100 creative professionals 2013. Her latest book, Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur, is out now in ebook, print and audio. Joanna’s website, The CreativePenn.com, is regularly voted one of the top sites for authors and self-publishers. Writing as J.F.Penn, Joanna is also a New York Times and USA Today bestselling [...]