The Dog Days of Summer are here (or at least in San Francisco the Fog Days of Summer are here), so just a precious few links for your reading pleasure!
First up, I have an interview with Curiosity Quills, wherein I talk about my decidedly mixed feelings about JACOB WONDERBAR having a higher Goodreads rating than THE GREAT GATSBY and questions re: the Future of Publishing.
Meanwhile, writing at the Chicago Tribune, bookseller Aaron Gilbreath wonders why publishers aren’t advertising about the awesomeness of paper books. I can hear published authors everywhere shouting “I wish they advertised my book period!” (via Lisa Brackmann)
And speaking of marketing, agent Rachelle Gardner has a fantastic roundup of posts around the Internet about how to market your book.
This week in the Forums (which are very easy to join! Join today!), your favorite distractions, some good podcasts, whether your reader will remember your protagonist’s name in first person, and sharing the first 250 words of your WIP.
Well yes – writing advice simply doesn’t work in the same way for everyone! And it’s so amusing – there is always someone out there (like Anonymous 8:23am) who assumes that everyone, deep down, is really just like himself. Apparently we just need to discover that fact and behave accordingly and we will find out what we are really fit for – because it can’t be the same job that our exceedingly self-confident friend is so skilled at!
I’m interested in what others say about the writing process, but in ‘The Magic Key To Successful Writing’ Maxine Lewis treats writing as a psychological event. Well, if it’s true, that changes things! It means that the writing process isn’t the same process for you as it is for me – as Nathan implies in this post. Is it possible that a single method, system or attitude will fix the problems that such an event engenders, for everyone?
I don’t think so. If each of us is encountering his own psyche whenever he writes then, for some, order, method, and calm will characterize the process and for others – such as myself – the encounter will always be turbulent, agonizing, and mysterious. For some there will simply be a job to do, while an epic inner journey confronts others.
But that opens up other possibilities. If each of us writes as he is meant to, the results will be as different as two souls. Those of us who have relinquished the easy dream of writing how and what we are expected to write, simply because that dream came into conflict with the psychological necessity of writing what we ourselves can write, are bound to face the fear that the market will never have room for what we have to offer.
And finally, it’s beach time, and Mashable featured this seriously awesome giant stop-motion animation.
Have a great weekend!