Deep midwinter links

It’s February already? When did that happen? Oh, on the 1st I suppose. Here are a few good blogs and articles to see you through the grimmest (but thankfully shortest) month.

On formatting: how do these tiny buttons work?
Good practical advice, that answers many of the questions writers seem to either fret too much about, or don’t take the trouble over they should.

Now, a perfectly formatted manuscript is an editor’s delight. It makes me know that you read and cared about the submission guidelines, that you’re detail oriented and thorough, and that means you get moved to the top of my reading pile. So before you nudge your manuscript out of the nest to take flight, I want to show you a couple of helpful hints for formatting that will make your editor, and eventually your formatter, very happy campers.

Why I Like Science Fiction by A Woman
Nanci of the Toshe Station podcast writes about the common misconception that women don’t like science fiction and must be tricked into going to see it.

Male creators need to stop asking “how do we get women to buy our stuff?” and instead focus on telling a good story. Because when you start asking “how do we get women to buy our stuff?”, you only end up condescending to women. (You know how to get women to buy your stuff, male creators? Stop perpetuating the myth that women don’t like sci-fi.)

Self-Publishing – the “easy way” to get published?
Lana Penrose talks about how the supposed “easy” option of self-publishing her rights-reverted books wasn’t so easy at all.

Every man and his dog were proclaiming how easy it is to self-publish in the twenty-first century. Yet this exercise literally swallowed up the better part of my 2012 and today I find myself bitter towards the Mayans for claiming what is left of my time on planet Earth.

When You Have Editorial Differences
Quite long, but excellent post on the blog of Behler publishing, about how authors and editors can handle disagreements, and great stuff about the relationship between authors and editor generally.

So you’ve signed the contract, the ink is dry, and now your book is in editing. Yay! Welllll…maybe. There are times when authors will have differences of opinion with their editor, and this can either go well or make you want to mainline Drano. Let’s face it, there are few authors who agree with every suggestion their editors bring up. Ten years in the biz has afforded me all kinds of experiences in the editor chair, so I thought I’d offer some perspective that may help you when your manuscript is under the bright lights.

The Argument for eBooks
Dan Coxon argues that criticism of ebooks as a threat to literature is misguided.

So why this fear of ebooks? In part it’s simply old fashioned technophobia. While the Sixties and Seventies looked to the future for their inspiration – creating a wealth of science fiction along the way – the current trend is to harken back to simpler times. Things used to be better before technology had its way. Human existence was deeper and more fulfilling. Modern life is rubbish.

Including Female Characters in your M/M Romance
Alex Beecroft addresses ways you can keep your m/m romance from suffering testosterone poisoning.

Clearly the main problem in getting female characters into your m/m fiction comes from the fact that both of your main characters are men. Your viewpoints will be overwhelmingly male because your romantic couple are both male. And there’s nothing you can do about that without completely changing the genre to m/f, which rather defeats the object.

25 Hard truths about writing and publishing.
Chuck Wendig shoots from the hip with some facts that can make writers stick their fingers in their ears and sing “la la la I can’t hear you!”

… you can get a ton of editors who love your book who won’t touch it with a ten foot pole. That’s disconcerting at first, because you think, “Well, you’re an editor, this is your job, you are in theory a tastemaker for the publisher, and here you’re telling me you love the book but wouldn’t buy it with another publisher’s money.” You’d almost rather they just send you a napkin with FUCK NO written on it. But then you realize…

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