Never mind the quantity – feel the quality! Of Links that is.

I’ve been crazy busy with NaNoWriMo all month, so I only have 8 links and a picture this month. But then again, who has a lot of time for reading in December anyway?

10 Marketing Techniques That Annoy Potential Readers
Nathan Beresford on promo that really just backfires instead of helps.

However – and this is where I think writers need to take care – there’s an invisible line between using your work to help a good cause, and using a good cause to sell more books. If you cross that line, or give the impression you crossed it, folks will notice, and not in a good way.

Writerly Ramblings: learning from reviews
Josephine Myles on why she stopped reading reviews of her books – and then started again, but strategically.

Some people will hate your precious darling. Some will find it remarkably “meh”. Don’t believe me? Go look up one of your all time favourite books on Goodreads and filter the reviews to find the one and two star opinions. Read what those “idiots” have to say about that heartbreaking work of staggering genius. Now go and read a few five-star reviews for a book you couldn’t stand. Are these people really gibbering imbeciles who wouldn’t know a decent work of literature if we bashed them over the head with it?

Is Male/Male Romance Fundamentally About Men?
Thought provoking opinion piece by Stuart at Jessewave’s blog about the portrayal of gay men in m/m romance.

However, as the years pass and I continue to read M/M romance, I am increasingly ambivalent about the relationship between the expanding genre and gay male experience. How do I make sense of the relationship? Is it collaboration? cooptation?… appropriation? Some combination of the three? While it’s amazing there are now so many books and authors, I am worried by the number of stories containing fundamental distortions in their depiction of the lives of contemporary gay and bisexual men.

What does your online activity say about you?
A short piece by agent Rachelle Gardner, but an important question!

You may need to step back and take an objective look at your social media presence as a whole. Look at your Facebook feed, your blog, and your Twitter feed over a couple of weeks. What kind of picture emerges?

This Really Needs to Stop…
Thorny Sterling talks on the Chicks and Dicks blog about how it’s long past time to confine the term “chicks with dicks” to the bin.

Those of you who throw around the term “chicks with dicks” need to realize something: You’re saying a segment of the gay spectrum is unappealing, wrong, and labeling these men something less than men. You say you support gay men, but just not these gay men?

The Frankenovel
Writer and editor Daniel Swanson on revising an old book of his for reissue. It’s also good general editing advice.

I have a freakishly good memory within certain mostly-useless fields. I can remember, looking at the book for the first time since the final galley proofs came through nine and a half years ago, which bits were first draft, which were second or third. I can also remember what I’d originally wanted from the story. You might not have this; but a cursory read-through should show you what the core of it is, which sections ignore this entirely, and what you need to expand upon to add to it. What should be the headline act? What are the cool support bands? Which bit’s Coldplay?

So you’ve written a book…
Advice from Joelle Charbonneau at Do Some Damage blog about what NOT to do with your novel while the steam is still rising from it.

Do not – Immediately start querying agents with the book you just completed.

Why? Well, in the first place, all writers need to reread and edit their work. It doesn’t matter how great you are at your craft, there will be plotlines to tighten, character arcs to round out and sometimes whole scenes to scrap. Never submit something you haven’t taken the time to polish.

Interval Training for writers and professionals
An interesting post from Rachelle Gardner about increasing productivity by alternating short, high intensity bursts of speed with slower, recovery phases – it’s not just for the gym.

Rejuvenation periods, which could include exercise, napping, or other non-work related activities, are important in that they provide the opportunity for “creative breakthroughs, a broader perspective, the opportunity to think more reflectively and long term, and sufficient time to metabolize experiences.”

And to finish off – may favourite picture I’ve found this month. Katharine Hepburn on a skateboard.

Katharine Hepburn skateboarding.

3 thoughts on “Never mind the quantity – feel the quality! Of Links that is.

  1. Thanks Becky, a great curation of useful and interesting links. I was particularly struck by the last one about short bursts of concentration. I find myself trying to do 4 things at once for most of the week, and will try the 90 min burst for writing with total distraction shut-down. It’s not about the hours, it’s about the quality of concentration during the hours. Thanks Liam

    1. Thanks for commenting, Liam. I love doing these links posts. It’s nice to make a more permanent record of good posts and articles I might want to look at again later.

      I’m definitely going to try that ninety minutes thing. I find I can sometimes schedule in loads of time and still not get much more done than if I’d made it a shorter time. Work expands to fill the time available they say.

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