Writing Roundup, May 14

The Business of Writing

Magazine Subscribers Still Attracted to Print, Poll
Current magazine subscribers aren’t quite ready to ditch the print versions. And they don’t think their favorite magazines care that much about what they want. Interesting results. What do they mean for we writers?

Google Believes Online Ads Could Be Worth More than Print Ads by 2012
This article has an interesting graph of the cost and revenue distribution for newspapers. Did newspapers make a huge mistake by eviscerating their news departments, thereby offering less content to sell ads around?

Prequeries & Followups
Follow the submission guidelines and do your research. Don’t send asinine letters asking for information you could find yourself. You know, act like the professional that you are.

Are You Really Going to Post That?
Another reminder of how to be professional online.

#158
This is a great paragraph-by-paragraph dissection of a query. Learn from it and use it to make your own queries better.

Is Traditional Publishing Dead?
Probably not. But it is in a period of transition that may be painful.

Craft

How Do You Reduce External Distractions to Sit Down and Write?
Tips from writers to help you focus.

Copy Edits
Elizabeth Moon, whose books I love, shares her experiences with good and bad copy editors.

Inaugural Page Critique
Nathan Bransford offers a critique of one page from a longer work.

Fiction

The Writer’s Bane: Describing a Character’s Physical Appearance
Great tips for making your descriptions not only a natural part of the narrative but also interesting to read.

But When Are You Going to Write Something Happy? And What’s Up with the Love Triangles?
Carrie Ryan responds to reader questions. Note to those of you who haven’t read The Forest of Hands and Teeth, it does contain some spoilers. I just finished Carrie Ryan’s second book, The Dead-Tossed Waves, and I will be posting a review of it at Pop Culture Curmudgeon on Tuesday.

Freelancing

Top 10 Blogs for Freelance Writers
Michelle Rafter has a great list of blogs here. There were some I have heard of, some I follow regularly, and some that were totally new to me but have now been added to my Google Reader.

The Secret to Landing Paid Writing Gigs
Great post with tips to help you sell your writing. Yes, querying is a numbers game, but there is no reason not to refine your technique to help improve your odds.

Platform

10 Tips to Getting Book Referrals
We know that the most powerful form of marketing is word-of-mouth marketing. Use these tips to harness that power for your book or your freelance business.

How to Find Your Blogging Voice: 8 Tips for Bloggers
Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen gives some ideas to help you build the right voice for your blog. Her tips are based on her own experience learning and growing as a blogger.

What Should Fiction Writers Blog About?
So much of the platform discussion out there seems to be targeted to nonfiction writers. This post gives some ideas for how to build your platform as a fiction writer. One great example is Marta Acosta’s Vampire Wire blog. Acosta writes the hysterical Casa Dracula series, so a blog about vampires makes perfect sense for her.

5 Reasons Your Business Needs a Blog
This isn’t targeted toward writers, but the reasons to have a blog certainly apply.

Fun Stuff

Bronte Sisters Power Dolls
The Bronte sisters kick some publisher ass.


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