June 19th, 2009

writing_ishard

Magical Words: who pays whom?

I’ve been doing what will, I imagine, turn into a four part series over on Magical Words, all prompted by a reader question “who pays whom?” Part one, discussing the editor/agent/author relationship and the differences between an editor and an editorial service, is here. Part two, discussing vanity presses, is here. I expect I’ll be talking about POD and ebooks over the next two weeks, and I’ll link to those later, maybe.

For the moment, though, I thought I’d bring up what turned into a very long comment from the second part, and post it here. It’s a little about what drives people to vanity press, and a little about other stuff, and probably none of it’s news, but I think it probably also bears repeating. And it’s long, so I’ll put it Collapse )

(x-posted from the essential kit)

drwho_donna

i’d say no more rants…

…but it wouldn’t be true. I will keep my rants to a minimum, though. Discussion on my earlier post prompted salient commentary elsewhere.

Since I went off on a climate change shout-a-thon last week, it seems like I probably ought to link to this petition, encouraging the EPA to support carbon restrictions. It’s my somewhat bitter and cynical opinion that it’s not enough, but on the other hand, it’s better than nothing. So if you’re of a mind to at all, signing that would be, well, something.

The Frozen Dublin event has been canceled on Facebook. I don’t know if this means it’s actually been canceled or if it just means somebody got sick of all the stupid messages being posted, and since they seemed to grant everybody admin access somebody just whacked it. I’ll be in Dublin tomorrow anyway.

I *almost* got to the halfway point on revising (revising, hah. re*writing*) TRUTHSEEKER today. But because chapter lengths are changing, it turned out I’d have to get two more revised tonight in order to crest that mark, and I just wasn’t up for it. I’m going to have to work a lot harder next week than I have been, to get this thing done by the end of the month.

And to round out five things make a post, fantasy author Judith Tarr is having a Midsummer Mentoring sale. If you’d like four hours of one of fantasy’s best writer’s time for your own manuscript or for a friend’s, this is an excellent opportunity.

(x-posted from the essential kit)