Friday, April 27, 2012

I Let My Fingers Do the NetGalley

Oh boy, I went book crazy at NetGalley this morning. I kept clicking to request titles - some for me and some for my son, who helps me read and review. So many good books, how can I resist. And now that I have my Kindle Fire, I'm excited to try-out some graphic novels as well.

Don't believe me that I went crazy? Check out all the titles I requested:

Outcasts United by Warren St. John (Random House Children's Books)
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin UK)
Black Dawn by Rachel Caine (Penguin Books Australia)
Melonhead and the Vegalicious Disaster by Katy Kelly (Random House Children's Books)
Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke (First Second)
Touched by Cyn Balog (Random House Children's Books)
Star Wars: Invasion Volume 3 --Revelations by Tom Taylor (Dark Horse Comics)
Exiled by J.R. Wagner (Greenleaf Book Group)
Skinny by Donna Cooner (Scholastic Inc)
House of Night by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast, Kent Dalian (Dark Horse Comics)
The Not-So-Perfect Planet by Pamela F. Service (Lerner Publishing Group)
Rapture ((Random House Children's Books)


Fingers-crossed that I get the approvals!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Balancing Social Media and Writing Time

Building a platform in preparation, or in conjunction, with launching a writing career seems to be a hot topic these days. It's a selling point for any new writer trying to break into the industry, as a "platform" gives an outlet for immediate buzz to the world at large. So the key question then becomes, how do we balance the social networking aspect with actual writing time?
It's a question I've battled with, and one I continue to evaluate on a day-to-day basis. My feeling is that Social Media should complement the writing, not distract from it, but that's easier said than done.

This article has some helpful tips on this very subject:
HOW TO: Deal With Social Networking Overload by: Alexandra Levit
"As a career and workplace writer, I get asked all the time: I feel like I’m on social network overload"...(read more).

In this new publishing environment, platform has become an integral part of getting published. Robert Lee Brewer, Senior Content Editor at Writers Digest, has been guiding writers this month through the steps of building a platform with his April Platform Challenge. Writers are working to setup social media channels, connecting to other writers, and also working on developing goals and time management. So what is the right balance between social media and writing time? 

I've heard it said time and time again, that the #1 thing that writers must do is...write. No matter how much social networking we do, we still must write. If we don't write, then we're not really writers. Right?

So, it's an individual choice, one that each writer must decide for themselves. The best thing we can do is build a following of peers, industry mentors, and potential readers while also maintaining a consistent writing schedule. But if the book never gets written, it will all be for naught - balance is key.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What Purpose Does Rejection Serve?

Why must writers suffer the failure of rejection? It does serve a purpose, even if we don’t want to admit it. Rejection forces us to get better. It forces us to learn. It forces us to build connections, friendships, and relationships with those who share our same passion - the ones who encourage us to keep going & get better.

If writing was easy, everyone would do it. It's hard to sell books amongst so much competition now, imagine how hard it would be if everyone who tried, got published?

So the next time you get a rejection letter, remember, it's one more step toward getting better, one more step to getting published.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Words Complete Me

I love words. Words are my life. They are the basis of communication, and the basis of what I do everyday - to write. Words can paint a landscape so detailed that everyone who reads knows exactly what was intended. And words can also be vague, more leading than descriptive, allowing a reader's mind to fill-in the supporting visuals.

Words are powerful, full of emotion, action, description, and dialogue. They are so powerful the meaning of a sentence can be changed with the modification of a single word.

Where would we be without words?

Me, personally, I would be lost without them.

Words complete me.

If you love words too, here are some great word-reference links: