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Friday, June 22, 2012

Publishing Pulse 6/22/2012

Updated Agent Listings

Be sure to check out new agents that have been added to the QT database and existing agents who have updated their profiles.

Around the Internet

Going through the revision process? A free program (SmartWrite) helps PC users find clich├ęs, adverbs, overused words, and keeps track of your dialogue tags (via GalleyCat).

Do you write epic fantasy? The good news, according to Agent Kristin Nelson, is that editors she spoke with are now open to receiving epic fantasy submissions.

With publishing still sorting itself out, more and more people are having to think outside the box. Mark Shatzkin discusses the idea of publishers selling direct.

If you keep a blog, Michael Hyatt has a great post on 7 Keys to Writing a Killer Blog Post.

Unable to make it to BEA this year? Porter Anderson has an interesting perspective of BEA on his Writing in the Ether column.

On Self-Publishing

The choice to self-publish or trade-publish remains a contentious issue. Normally, I try to ignore the mudslinging that happens on both sides, but this time was different (in a good way). Author Shannon Hale wrote a post on her position regarding trade publishing (professional) and self-publishing (amateur), stressing the importance of good editors. (I think we can all agree that having a good editor is essential to putting out a good book--no matter how it's published. Editors are worth their weight in gold, and then some. :))

What made this argument between trade publishing and self-publishing different from the countless others was the conversation Shannon's post engendered. Rather than the normal bout of authors getting into shouting matches, a number of blog posts popped up calling for an end to the "us" against "them" thinking.

In Don't Be a Sneetch: an Open Letter Response to Shannon Hale, author Anna Elliott called for authors to rethink how we draw the lines. That instead of drawing them around how we're published--much like the Sneetches who cared too much about the stars on their bellies--we should be more concerned about discussing/debating good books and bad books.

Shannon Hale wrote a follow-up post clarifying her stance and her purpose behind the original post.

Author Kristine Rusch posted about the need to stop the drawing lines in the sand, and Dean Smith called for an end to authors insulting their fellow colleagues.

This week was a timely reminder that we're all in this together, and that this is an exciting time to be a writer because we have so many choices and paths available to us.

Have a great weekend, and happy writing!

Danyelle Leafty| @danyelleleafty writes YA and MG fantasy. She is the author of The Fairy Godmother Dilemma series (CatspellFirespellApplespell, and Frogspell), and can be found on her blog. She can also be found on Wattpad.


Unknown said...

I downloaded Writesmart last night. Can't wait to try it out next week. :)

Thanks for the great recap, Danyelle.

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L.L. Muir said...

I can see why Epic Fantasy is now getting a lot of attention. Those readers are going crazy over finally having enough to read with all the self-pubbing going on. I know a guy that could have bought a modest house with one of his paychecks.

Also, I'm glad this contention is not going to be ignored. It makes me feel like I have to pick a side, and I don't want to. I want to publish both ways.

Thanks for the wrap up.