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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Links-a-Lot

Check out Josephine Damian's blog about Janet Evanovich. It's so uplifting to read about big time authors who are just like you and me. Good advice and a small peek into the life of a mega-star author.

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Lee McKenzie over at Wet Noodle Posse recommends Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon. I don't know why I don't have this book. It is always recommended. But I follow this advice religiously when I plot my novels and it never fails to keep me on track.

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Seekerville had a lovely and thought provoking post called Surviving on Unpubbed Island. It was a clever analogy about the writer's life and the daunting climb to publication. It helps to be reminded that none of us are alone.

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And for a more sobering look at our changing market, here's a New York Times article on Harper Collins' effort to cut authors' "high" advances and disallow the practice of returning unsold books back to the publisher.

Most of the authors I know don't make "high" advances, so if those who did get them are not fulfilling the promise of a golden egg for their publishers, shouldn't they be returning that advance? I'm not blaming the authors or the agents here. It's up to us to get as much as we can, but why should all authors have to feel the pinch if it's the publisher making a poor business decision on individuals?

Heck, Harper Collins might even be more equitable in the long run. The only thing that troubles me is that darn ripple effect.

Did I not tell you things were changing? It's not just Amazon's supply chain grab, or Harper Collins' new imprint rules, or a boatload of other publishers scrambling to get on the e-book gravy train. Publishing has to change. It is a Gorgon, a beast from an age of gluttony, and those antiquated hallmarks no longer work in today's digital market.

So do you still want to get published? You might find the environment far less accommodating to the author from here on out.

4 comments:

Josephine Damian said...

Maria: Thanks for the linky love. I've got Part 2 of the Janet post up now. She's a hoot! No wonder her books are so funny!

Lee's right. That GOAL, MOTIVATION, CONFLICT is my writing bible along with Swain's TECHNIQUES IF THE SELLING WRITER.

Maria Zannini said...

I'm thinking of doing Links-a-Lot on a regular basis. People have been posting some good stuff lately.

I'm looking forward to your upcoming James Born article as well.

J.K. Coi said...

Maria, I came across your blog through my travels and I think it's great! Lots of good info and advice for writers! Thanks, and it's nice to "meet" you.

J.K. Coi

Maria Zannini said...

Hi JK! and welcome!
I'm glad to meet you too. :o)

I'll go check out your blog when I get home from work tonight.