Welcome to Friday the 13th. Hope you’re all having a magical, rather than mundane, day.
What I Am Reading
Nearing the end of Elizabeth Bear’s All the Windwracked Stars, and so far it’s holding up well. I’m interested in seeing how she’s going to pull this all together in the end.
Just finished Public Affair, Secretly Expecting by Heidi Rice (part of a Harlequin reader reaction program I’m in). This one is from one of their “hotter” lines, which clearly plays a big part in the story, but at the same time, there’s a surprising complexity in the history of both main characters, affecting how Juno and Mac interact, and driving their interpretation of circumstances. I enjoyed this story a lot.
Not sure where to place this one, but I wanted to share. It has suggestions for writing, for project management, and for a focus on success. Well worth the time to read this analysis of Pixar’s process:
This is an incredible story about people helping people even when there’s no benefit and great inconvenience. Makes me have hope for the rest of humanity.
This has been a great series about the writing business, and here’s its conclusion:
Testing of the effectiveness of editing in marketing hints at the importance of editors in all forms of publishing:
Tips for managing continuity in a series that could prove useful even with a single novel:
An interesting method of comparing character profiles. It might also prove useful when looking for overall themes in your work, either to avoid repetition or capitalize on your clear area of interest:
A solid list of what to know about agents who offer representation. Most can be researched (and should) before you submit, but there are some questions that are usually not available to the general public:
Fourteen reasons queries/submissions are rejected:
A look at the downside of electronic textbooks, and part of the reason when I bought an e-reader, I got the Sony dedicated one. It does nothing but display books in e-ink, and I like it that way :).
Check your website and blog pages for visibility on the Web. Good analysis plus information on why each is important:
Why it’s important to use your name as your common handle. Here I’m hoping MarFisk is close enough to lead people to Margaret McGaffey Fisk (because my full name just doesn’t fit in the username space :)).