Bits and pieces of things that caught my eye not only for my own interest, but enough to want to share with you, too…
As someone whose first book to publish will not be her first book, I appreciated this post by agent Wendy Lawton. What do you do with that first book? What do you next, in general? Write another, of course. I think after writing another is when you can make decisions about the first book, too. We can only hope to grow with each book we write and with that growth gives us better perspective about what we have written before. A friend of mine noted that Lawton doesn’t give “self-publish it” as one of her suggestions. We discussed possible reasons why, but it is not until later that I considered the perspective issue. I’m not at all against self-publishing, but there’s something to be said for not rushing out into the self-pub venue after getting rejected. We should self-publish for the right reasons.
Are you editing and revising? Take a break and read Chuck Wendig’s thoughts about second drafts and see if you can’t totally relate. Even if you aren’t editing right now, take a look because Wendig’s writing posts are always very entertaining. (NSFW language though!)
How do you feel after finishing a really good book? Do you close the book with a finality and call out a satisfying “DONE”? Do you say “WTF?” Do you read every single word that follows the end – including the acknowledgements, the “about the author” and the rare and somewhat strange “about the type used in this book” just so the whole thing doesn’t have to end? Shannon Donnelly talks about how to get that last scenario. Endings are important. Check out her suggestions on how to write them.
Have you never understood the appeal of Young Adult literature? This post by Cristin Stickles at BookRiot offers a great explanation. She starts with a personal connection to a Cristina Moracho novel, but check out the 4th paragraph, especially. This is the quintessential understanding behind the importance of YA stories. We all need stories that speak to us and I’m so glad that there continue to be more and more options for youth to find the one that bridges their child and adult experience.
Song of the Week:
With Malala Yousafzai winning the Nobel Peace Prize, with Emma Watson introducing #HeForShe to remind us that we are all a part of feminism, and seeing an old Letterman interview with technology extraordinaire Grace Hopper, I give you the power of women making a difference in this world and how we will keep on with it: