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Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] cruisedirector!!


Oh for goodness sake. I've (mostly) enjoyed The Devil's Whore - it's been one of the best historical dramas I've seen, certainly in terms of clothes and photography and general grubbiness, but why did they have to go and change the ending?  Spoilers ) Bad Channel Four. No Biscuit!

I've just spotted this on a submission call:

"Send us a cover letter and please tell us what questionable content may be found within the MS as we do not wish to subject our editors to content that may put them at risk emotionally."

You've got to feel for the poor editors. Perhaps there's a self help group they could join. Can you sue for Traumatic Editing Syndrome?  *pets them*

Yesterday I saw an article over at Dear Author where a woman held a funeral for her writing career after 16 rejections.  Whether or not she did it for publicity or not (which means she'll probably get published now) it made me laugh at first, and then made me think a little.

Writing is hard. But it's not the hardest part of the process. Read more... )Sixteen rejections is NOTHING.  I had double that from major publishers from Standish before I gave up. It was only due to the poking from other authors that after a year of "OMG I'll never be an author" I picked myself up and resubmitted it to smaller presses.

Look at this list.

14 Books repeatedly rejected by publishers.  Notwithstanding that I personally consider that most of this list should have followed that woman's example in my opinion and should have been buried (or preferably burned)-- my point still remains that persistence (and rewriting) pays off and if Jonathan Livingstone Seagull and Deathly Hallows can get published, well - anything is possible.

SO DON'T GIVE UP. Not ever.
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Kurt Vonnegut - Eight rules for writing fiction:

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things -- reveal character or advance the action.

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a sadist. Now matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them -- in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

This link (found on [livejournal.com profile] heart_set_afire's LJ) really helped me this morning.  I've been wallowing in something akin to self pity for the last month or so. Reason being I sent the first page of my new book to a couple of friends  - simply because I was pleased that I'd written it - and neither of them liked it. Then yesterday I sent chapter 1 of Junction X to a brand new critique group attached to The Macaronis and had a few hard truths there too.

Read more... )

I have new babies. Don't let them die.

Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

ETA: "Psmith in the City" is on the radio. I may have died and gone to heaven.
erastes: (la la la la la can't hear you)

Oh - And money.  Two words that will always go straight to the cockles of my greedy heart.  Received a nice fat cheque from PD Publishing this morning, so it seems that after over a year, Standish is still selling as well as ever. If only I could get a few books out, I might be able to consider giving up work!
sweets, recuperating, here be dragons, and Swordspoint!! )

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I've just received the following email from Iris Print. Evidently the news is to be posted up on their website and blog later.

"By now I'm sure there are a few rumors going around about what happened to the company. Why was BL Twist canceled? What happened to Queer Magic and Home On the Range? Why no appearance at Yaoi-con?

"The short story is, Iris Print ran out of funding. Read more... )



On a personal note, my two pence )

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I guess they'll put on my gravestone "never say never".  (Actually - if anyone's listening. I want one word. "Tanstaafl")

I've never heard of Elmore Leonard but I'm sure someone has, but these are his "rules" for writing.

I hate rules for writing     and my two cents on them )

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Rejected Quarterly, The. Payscale for Short Fiction: Token payment. Payscale for Poetry: Token payment. From the publisher: "The philosophy of THE REJECTED QUARTERLY is simple: We believe there exists a large body of high quality writing which is not published due mainly to market considerations and partly due to a lack of taste. At TRQ we strive to publish fiction and other forms of literature tat you won't find anywhere else. To help prove this, authors must submit at least five rejection slips with each manuscript. We try to make each issue a work of art; of course sometimes the hot weather puts a damper on our efforts. Still, a sample copy is probably worth the five dollars and ninety-nine cents..."

Some of my fics are amassing rejection slips at a healthy rate, so I may be tempted to sub here!

Am a bit aimless this morning. Do I?

[Poll #822400]

POV shifts

Sep. 12th, 2006 08:35 pm
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Is shifting POV so evil? I just had a critique of chapter one of Transgressions (and I'm not complaining about the crit, it was damn good and professional and made me look at what I'm doing) and the critiquer didn't like the POV shifts.

How long do you stay in POV? Throughout an entire chapter? I COULDN'T do that, there have to be shifts, specially when David and Jon are together. [livejournal.com profile] matociquala said the other day that her editor had pointed out that she'd changed pov in the same paragraph, and I've not done that, but if you've got three people in a scene and it's vital that you show each persons view about the other, how else can you do it? I've changed it in paragraphs - not every one!! Just switched from David's POV to his father's. Oh hell, - under the cut.Read more... )

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