Saturday, May 11, 2013

0 This Week for Writers 5/11 - Pubtips, Giveaways, Writing Craft, Inspiration, Industry News & More

Quote of the week:

There's a quote I came across twice this week, and there's an old saying about when you hear something in stereo, you'd better listen. Author Leigh Bardugo and David Vandagriff over at the Passive Voice Blog both referenced an article by Tobias Bucknell, where he said:

Author C.C. Finlay has a quote he uses that runs something like: “A novel doesn’t excite readers because you took all the bad stuff out of it, it excites them because of all the good stuff that’s in it, regardless of the bad.”

At a workshop not too many years ago a newer writer began to condemn a best selling novel, pointing out all its flaws and jagged edges. I listened for a long time, nodding.

“All those things are true,” I said. And gave him the C.C. Finlay quote. “But until you learn what the good parts were that excited the reader, you’re always going to be bitterly upset about what is wrong with that bestseller. Learn to spot what worked in that book, and you’ll be able to move forward. And you’ll be a lot less upset all the time as well.”

More thoughts on reading:

Author Kami Garcia shared an inspirational graphic, which I loved:

Author Steven King, in his wonderful book On Writing, has a similar quote:

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There's no way around these two things that I'm aware of, no shortcut.” 
He has another one also, which is one of my favorite writing quotes of all time:

"You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.”
Which goes along with another great quote of his:

“I'm a slow reader, but I usually get through seventy or eighty books a year, most fiction. I don't read in order to study the craft; I read because I like to read.”
It's mind boggling when you think that a lot of us, writers I mean, think we don't have time to read. We can feel guilty because reading feels like pleasure and not work. We stop giving ourselves permission to read for fun.

Literary agent Joanna Volpe wrote about "readers block" on the wonderful PubCrawl blog this week about reading manuscripts with a view to what they could become, in which she mentioned that Stephen King writes four hours a day and reads four hours a day. And no one can call him lazy. So there you go. Read. Go ahead. You have permission. :)

What have you read this week (books, blog posts, articles, thoughts, whatever) that struck a chord with you?

Happy reading (and writing),


Books and Giveaways

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What Books Will We Remember in 100 Years?
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Giveaway: The Program by Suzanne Young (US only)
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Giveaway: Shutdown by Heather Anastasiu
from Latest blog entries

Mundie Moms Giveaway: The Program by Suzanne Young
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Book Review / Blog Tour: IF I SHOULD DIE by Amy Plum
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[Giveaway & Excerpt] Nobody's Secret by Michaela MacColl
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Interview & Giveaway with Fields of Elysium's Author...
from Writer's Alley

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Waiting on Wednesday: TARNISH by Katherine Longshore
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Cover Reveal: Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout
from Reading Angels

SCBWI Crystal Kite Members Choice Awards
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Giveaway & Event Report: Ball by Mary Sullivan
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Top Ten Light Reads
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from YA Highway

Twitterview: Sara Zarr
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Twitter Tuesday - Holly Black
from Mundie Moms

E-Books in Libraries: The Final Major US Publisher...
from The Official SCBWI Blog

May 2013 YA/MG Releases
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New Reads: May 6-12, 2013
from The Story Siren

How to enjoy a larger variety of books (and consequently...
from The Alliterative Allomorph

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from The Bookish Babe

Destiny Gift by Juliana Haygert Blog Tour Interview...
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Review of Orphan Train and a Double Giveaway of Tween...
from The Write Stuff

Welcome to the Haunting South -- Win 9 Great Southern...
from Adventures in YA Publishing

Spring Blog Carnival: The Land of Make Believe~ a...
from Candace's Book Blog

So You Want to Read YA?: Guest Post from Author Bryan...
from Stacked

REBOOT! Tomorrow!
from The Lucky 13s

Conclusion to an Epic Series
from Author Heather McCorkle

Wistful YA: CAGED GRAVES & Giveaway!!
from Writer's Alley

Transparent Quotes!
from Between Fact and Fiction

Links of Note: May 4, 2013
from Stacked

from The Sharp Angle

Flashback Friday (The Saturday Edition): If I Stay...
from Mundie Moms

This Week's Bestsellers: May 6, 2013
from News Articles

Inspiration and Smiles

Letting Go of the Novel: How to Deal with Empty Pen...
from Writers On The Move

On Sincerity
from The Kindness Project

Famous Writers' Desks and Workspaces-- The Importance...
from How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book

Clawing Our Way Back to the Creative Center
from Writer Unboxed

SCBWI Success Story: Tracy Clark
from The Official SCBWI Conference Blog

How to Stop Getting Paralyzed and Start Making Better...
from Goins, Writer

Giving Back: Researching Donation Options
from Words from the Woods

This Will Shatter Your Image Of Tywin Lannister
from BuzzFeed - Latest

Intuition and the Creative Instinct
from Beyond The Margins

Prejudice vs. Kindness
from The Kindness Project

The Artist Unleashed: PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS, by Hart...
from The Alliterative Allomorph

Indie Life – Be encouraged!
from Laura Pauling

Self-Discipline for the Writer
from The Kill Zone

On Being Vulnerable in a Very Public Place
from Caroline by line

Struggling? Ira Glass has something for you.
from Justine Dell--official blog

Expanding Our Vision
from Julie Musil

Top Ten Book Super Words
from Reading Angels

5 Ways To Stay Motivated in Your Writing Career
from BookBaby Blog

How To Get Over A Destructive Critique
from Karen Woodward

Avoiding fear by indulging in our fear of fear
from Seth's Blog

Writing Book 2 (from the Archive)
from YA Muses

Top Ten Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up...
from Pure Imagination

How to Be Less Scared of the Blank Page
from Jane Friedman

Me & My Chainsaw
from Mad Woman in the Forest

Celebrate You!
from WOW! Women On Writing Blog

On Rejection and Beyond
from Writer Unboxed

A bit of shameless self promotion with a point
from YA Stands

Is the stress getting to you? A post by Nicole
from Bent on Books

Forty Inspirational Workspaces of the Famously Creative
from Buzzfeed

Writing Craft

Writing blocks due to your Inner Critic? Blow it up!
from Time to Write

Flash Fiction Challenge: Smashing Sub-Genres
from terribleminds: chuck wendig

More Verbs To Drug You Through
from Live Write Thrive

Feedback, But When?
from The Bluestocking Blog

The Best Writers Break the Rules
from LitReactor

Writing Resources 04 May 2013
from Gene Lempp ~ Writer

Perspectives on Process
from Hey, There's A Dead Guy in the Living Room

May 1st 5 Pages Workshop with Mentor S.T. Underdahl...
from First Five Pages Workshop

Writing Exercise: Flexing Your Verbs
from Karen Woodward

Minimizing Risk as a Writer—a Guide for the Risk-Adverse
from Mystery Writing is Murder

More Answers to Questions About Commas
from Daily Writing Tips

The Much-Maligned Adverb
from AuthorCulture

Hiding Emotions: Just Act Normal
from The Bookshelf Muse

Thank the Guy Who Punches You in the Teeth by Alexander...
from Adventures in YA Publishing

On My Writerly Bookshelf: Editor Proof Your Writing
from Stina Lindenblatt

That is the Question
from Writer Unboxed

How to Avoid Writing Info-Dumps
from Writability

Learn To Write By Studying (and writing) Poetry
from Babbles from Scott Eagan

Of Fiction Writers and English Majors
from Marcia Hoehne

Are You Cheating Your Reader?
from Operation Awesome

Write, Learn, Revise, Rinse, Repeat – A Guest Post...
from chasingthecrazies

Your Book In One Sentence Pt 2

Power to the People: Magic in Fantasy
from LitReactor

Are Tense Shifts Advisable?
from Daily Writing Tips

How To Maximize Your Word Count And Write More Every...
from terribleminds: chuck wendig

Straitjackets and Outlines
from Ingrid's Notes

What Do Authors Have in Common with Orchestra Conductors?
from fcmalby

The All Mighty Opening by Christian Schoon
from Adventures in YA Publishing

The Tropes I Like
from Magical Words

The fate of today’s book bloggers
from The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

Reader’s Block, 2.0!
from Pub(lishing) Crawl

Seven Tips To Make An Old Story New – Advice From...
from C H Griffin

Grammar ABCs: V is for Verbs
from Blood-Red Pencil

How to Revise Wrong, in 3 Easy Steps
from A. Victoria Mixon, Editor

Monday Quote Day!
from Wavy Lines

My Dirty Little Secret
from YA Author Elana Johnson

Energize Your Writing with this Easy Trick
from The Write Practice

TOTW - Fresh Fairy Tales
from The Enchanted Inkpot

Write Tip: Thou Shalt Not Sin With Commas
from Bryan Thomas Schmidt

3 Reasons Critiquing Will Improve Your Writing
from The Write Practice

Come to Your Senses
from The Editor's Blog

Focus Better and Write More with this Free MP3 Audio
from Nick's Writing Blog

"At a workshop not too many years ago a newer writer...

Bold Storytelling Statements That Are Almost Always...

Lessons Learned From Bestselling Indie Authors On...
from The Creative Penn

Pre-Project Prep
from YA Stands

Webliography: Resources for Locating International Publications
from Library Journal

Story Elements

Character Clinic: PTSD in Action
from The Character Therapist

from Writing In The Crosshairs

Atmosphere in a Southern Gothic by Tessa Gratton
from Adventures in YA Publishing

More on Dialogue Subtext
from Stavros Halvatzis

Likeable Characters
from Writers In The Storm Blog

Character Archetypes 101: The Explorer
from The Character Therapist

Most Common Mistakes: The Do’s and Don’ts of Dialect
from Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors

Killer First Lines
from Words & Pictures - Online Magazine of SCBWI

Ways to Avoid Wooden Characters
from All Write - Fiction Advice

Story Structure

The 7 Types of Plots: The Quest
from The Write Practice

Query to Manuscript: "It's Not Me—It's You"
from From the Write Angle

Maguffin: An Object of Desire
from Writers On The Move

Plot Structure Chart
from Magical Words

Protagonist’s Backstory PLANNING YOUR NEXT STORY:...
from Writers On The Move

Ten Overused Fantasy Cliches 
from The World in the Satin Bag

Getting Published

Notes from an Editor: How (NOT) to Get Published
from Notes from the Slushpile

the secret lives of YA cover designers: an interview...
from real actual hilary

Agents Represent Authors
from Rachelle Gardner

Late Bloomer Award Established for Children’s Authors...
from GalleyCat

Word Cloud Logline Challenge!
from Go Into The Story

Ask an Agent - with Gemma Cooper and Molly Ker Hawn,...
from Words & Pictures - Online Magazine of SCBWI

Guest Author Dana Gynther: Editors and Evolution
from The Other Side of the Story

Do I Need a Literary Agent?
from QueryTracker Blog

How to Pitch an Agent in Person
from Carly Watters, Literary Agent

New Agents to Query
from Writer Musings

Interview: Lauren Spieller on query letters
from Cassandra Page

What Works For Some May Not Work For Others
from Babbles from Scott Eagan

Do You Want to Be a Famous Author?
from Jami Gold, Paranormal Author

The flip side of getting published
from Blue Rose Girls

from The Alliterative Allomorph

Will My Publisher Let Me Self-Publish Too?
from Rachelle Gardner

Margaret Curelas Acquisitions Editor of Tyche Books...
from Fantasy Faction

Slushpile Chat: an Author and Agent Discuss the Art...
from Notes from the Slushpile

Top 20 Picture Book Agents: 171 Sales
from Fiction Notes

Always Plan Ahead - Think Of Your Future Writing Career
from Babbles from Scott Eagan

May Secret Agent Early Info
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The Most Important Thing Literary Agents Owe Their...
from The Kill Zone

letters from the query wars 5.3.2013
from Et in arcaedia, ego.

Networking and Promotion

How to Boost Your Exposure on Goodreads
from Author Marketing Experts, Inc. » BLOG

This Week in the Blogs, April 28 – May 4, 2013
from The Book Designer

Author Blogging 101: Introduction to SEO, Part 2
from The Book Designer

Submit e-Originals to School Library Journal Book...
from GalleyCat

Facebook Story Ideas for Writers
from GalleyCat

Red Hot Internet Publicity: Words on Your Website
from Author Marketing Experts, Inc. » BLOG

How To Attract Readers By Creating A ‘Lighthouse’...
from Bestseller Labs

How I Avoid Turning Red During Every Interview
from Pub(lishing) Crawl

Reader Question: Social Media
from Jodi Meadows

Social Media for Writers: A Kool-Aid Drinking Cult?
from Author, Jody Hedlund

Back to Business: WHAT IS A MARKETING PLAN (and who...
from Writer on the Side

Social Media: Have You Got It All Wrong?
from Catherine, Caffeinated

Proof that Social Media Drives Sales! [Research]
from Heidi Cohen

Win-Win: Promotional Opportunities for Writers through...
from Writer Unboxed

3 Questions Every Blogger Must Answer
from Heidi Cohen

from Writing In The Crosshairs

Help a Reporter Out Your Path to Free Publicity
from Writers On The Move

Get More Twitter Followers: Why You Must be Using...
from Author Marketing Experts, Inc. » BLOG

One Third of Facebook Users Deactivate Their Accounts
from AbcNews

Industry News and Trends

Reading Agency to run Wales roadshow
from Bookseller news

from Blue Rose Girls

Links of Note
from Jennifer Represents...

Ender’s Game Trailer Released
from GalleyCat

Has HBO's "Game of Thrones" Surpassed the Books?
from Nathan Bransford, Author

First Annual Book Bloggies Awards Coming
from GalleyCat

Deal Announcement - Four-Book Deal for Debut Author...
from Bent on Books

Melanie Phillips launches e-books company
from Bookseller news

Little, Brown Aims to Expand Edgerton's Reach
from News Articles

Book News: Harper Lee Sues, Library of Congress Squeezed
from Page-Turner

Announcing the Top 50 for the May Pitch+250 Contest
from Adventures in YA Publishing

Budget Cuts Hobble Library of Congress
from NYT > Books

Saul Bellow’s Three Sons Remember Him
from NYT > Books

In Prague
from Page-Turner

Tor Books UK Says Ditching DRM Showed No Increase...
from The Passive Voice - Latest Updates

Other Roundups

Cynsational News and Giveaways
from Cynsations

This Week in Writing: My Favorite Posts & Tips 5/10/13
from Kami Garcia

Field Trip Friday: May 10, 2013
from YA Highway

from Mystery Writing is Murder

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