Archive for December, 2009

Critics on rookie mistakes, and how to avoid them when submitting your book for review

Reviewers are of vital importance when it comes to getting the word out about your book. Your novel might be the next great American classic, but if no one reviews it then its next stop could be the remainder bin. Literary critics, both offline and on, already have your prospective audience’s attention, so what can you do to guarantee that they focus it on your book?



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As y’all know, writerly networking is one of my (many) soapboxes … the VanderMeer takes it to Networking 2.0 over at Ecstatic Days:

As the year comes to an end, I’ve been thinking about leverage, which I talk about in Booklife. But in Booklife, while I have a separate section on paying it forward and contributing to community, I’m not sure I fully tie the idea of leverage to the idea of paying it forward.

Your writerly “leverage,” as I define it, is a kind of political capital. You can amass it based on your visibility through your online presence and your books, published short stories, etc. It consists of intangibles beyond audience, too. The respect and affection others have for you affects your leverage–how people perceive you as both writer and human being.

You use leverage to make your projects, your books, successful–leverage breeds leverage–but it serves, or should serve, another purpose. You should use your leverage (or position or privilege) to be of use to other people in the writing community (or even outside of it). No matter what level you’re at, there’s something you can do to help someone else.

More VanderWisdom lives here http://www.jeffvandermeer.com/2009/12/28/paying-it-forward-paying-it-back-using-your-leverage/

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… one of my faves, Amal El-Mohtar, who writes poetry, fiction, and co-edits the glorious Goblin Fruit.

Said interview lives here http://charles-tan.blogspot.com/2009/12/interview-amal-el-mohtar.html

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And again, thanks to LOLcats

funny pictures of cats with captions

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On how to use an apostrophe http://theoatmeal.com/comics/apostrophe

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Nature …

… as we all know (and some of us know even more than others), tends to freak me out … but then sometimes it produces this sort of thing and I will happily stand and stare at it for hours and hours … I love this night cactus-thingy-whatsit at my Pares’ place … it’s giving a gum tree a really big hug and the flowers open at night … and they look soooooo beautiful that my writer’s brain is trying to incorporate them into a story …

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 How awesome would this be to add to the reading pile? 🙂


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