Tag Archive 'publishing'
Porter Anderson on Dec 19 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, Digital, Diversity, REAL WORLD, Writing life
The Torre Uluzzo near Lecce, Salento, Italy. Image – iStockphoto: Piccerella
‘What This Loss of a Language Means’
“I can’t even.”
You know the phrase, right? Another day, another pop-media whine. “I can’t even” is credited to the bloggrs of Tumblr, who apparently can’t even find it in their hearts to give us an “e” before an “r.”
Call me Portr. I am so hip that I can’t even.
While basking in my coolnees, let’s face it. “I can’t even” is easily as insignificant […]
Porter Anderson on Nov 21 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, INSIDE PUBLISHING, REAL WORLD, Social Media, Writing life
One of the most perceptive regulars in #FutureChat, The FutureBook digital publishing community’s weekly live discussion, is Carla Douglas of BeyondPaperEditing.com in Kingston, Ontario.
And in a recent doing of the discussion, Douglas pointed out that writing, while once among the most isolated and solitary of careers has been made one of the most social by digital communication.
Douglas is always more graceful than I am in these insights of hers.
My iteration of her comment would be that the imperatives of self-promotion through social […]
Guest on Nov 01 2014 | Filed under: Book Talk, Diversity, Inspirations, REAL WORLD, Writing life
By Flickr’s Sergiu Bacioiu
Today’s guest is Aisha Saeed—an author, mama, lawyer, teacher, and maker and drinker of chai. She is also the Vice President of Strategy for We Need Diverse Books™. While Aisha loves writing about a variety of topics, her main passion lies in channeling her inner teen. Her debut YA novel Written in the Stars will be released in 2015 by Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books. When Aisha isn’t writing or chasing her two little boys, you can find […]
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: […]
Porter Anderson on Sep 19 2014 | Filed under: Agents, Business, CRAFT, INSIDE PUBLISHING, self-publishing, Un-Conference
“To Declare Your Story’s Intent”
There are things important to you. You hurt. You know stuff. I don’t. You see things that I cannot…You have everything you need, including the courage to declare your story’s intent.
— Donald Maass, Writing 21st Century Fiction
Not for nothing am I looking forward to the November 3-7 Writer Unboxed “Un-Conference” in bewitching Salem, Massachusetts. The final day, a Friday, as you might know, is given over to our good WU colleague Don Maass, who’s going to […]
Robin LaFevers on Jul 11 2014 | Filed under: Inspirations, Shrinking Violets
Rock Slide by ActiveSteve (Flickr)
It is a truth rarely acknowledged that the act of writing often comes with an entire catalog of weighted expectations attached to it. For published writers, it is SO easy for our self worth to become wrapped up in our commercial performance; it is almost inevitable that the weight of those hopes and expectations will leak out into our work. Maybe this book will bring us the coveted significant advance, or maybe this is the […]
Dave King on Apr 15 2014 | Filed under: Book Talk, Inspirations
I recently started rereading a book I bought many years ago – one volume of an eight volume collected set of The Spectator, a London daily periodical from the early 18th century. William Addison and Joseph Steele wrote most of the The Spectator’s 2500-word, witty and wise essays on serious topics of social value. A typical piece warns against the dangers of using “party lying” (i.e. propaganda) to advance a political cause. Another is an extended meditation on eternity. Several […]
Dave King on Mar 18 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, Uncategorized, Writing life
Flickr Creative Commons: stillthedudeabides
Writing never feels more lonely than after you’ve sent your manuscript out to every agent and publisher you can think of and gotten nowhere. Of course, you can always take comfort in the long list of massively successful books that were initially rejected by nearly everyone who saw them. But for every brilliant book that gets rejected out of blindness or stupidity, there are thousands that get rejected because they’re just not very good. How can […]
Porter Anderson on Feb 25 2014 | Filed under: Business, Digital, INSIDE PUBLISHING, REAL WORLD
“Waiting to be interviewed.” Hugh Howey earlier this month in Taiwan at TIBE, the Taipei International Book Fair.
Porter here, to introduce a special post written for us by Hugh Howey in our “Inside Publishing” series. In my Friday piece, Sir Hugh and the Snail, I wrote about how Howey’s career has surprised some observers because he embraces not only self-publishing but also traditional publishing contracts.
I believe there are those in my own country who want to blaze new trails and […]
Tom Bentley on Feb 24 2014 | Filed under: Marketing, Publicity, self-publishing
Regarding the graphic above, man, was I glad I was able to bear down on those lolling tuna boats Dickens and Hugo—they need to get up from their on-deck hammocks and at least think about hitting the book-peddling accelerator before I catch them. Though I do hope I didn’t peeve dear Charlotte; however, she being the eldest of the sisters, she’s learned how to take these roller-coasterings.
But alas, all that glitters is not gold stars: this image of my book […]
Juliet Marillier on Feb 06 2014 | Filed under: Business, REAL WORLD
In these days of relentless self-promotion, we authors generally avoid sharing our bad news. Our posts and tweets, our websites and interviews emphasise the positive: a publishing deal, an interesting writers’ festival, a new creative partnership. Sometimes we talk about fighting our way through adversity to achieve a goal. But only rarely do we feature the professional setbacks we experience along the way. The message we want to get across to our readers is that we’re doing just fine!
While I’ve […]
Porter Anderson on Jul 27 2013 | Filed under: Business
An artist is one who does not live on the timeline that connects the events that take place around us.
That’s Brian O’Leary. Know him?
Rather, the artist sees the actors, events, and collisions all at once, from a vantage point that few others share.
O’Leary is one of the most committed thinkers we have working in publishing today. A consultant to industry players and organizations, he’s a former Time production director; an adjunct professor in NYU’s publishing […]