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We’re All Indie This Together

Dan Holloway wrote a very interesting piece questioning the ‘success’ of indie authors. I have a lot of respect and affection for Dan’s work, but he left me scratching my head at one point. For a start, I’m not really sure what ‘indie’ writer means. Nor am I convinced by his distinction between ‘mainstream’ and ‘edgy’.

Getting Inside Your Characters’ Heads

This piece is written by Book Shed writer BillJustBill.

An important technique that I think generally is most helpful in understanding what you’re doing (and need to do in any particular fictional situation) is get very deeply into the head of your characters, particularly your main character. Some people can do this and some people can’t, but I certainly think it’s something that can be learned, because I’ve learned to do it, at least more or less and to some extent. And of course I’m still learning.

Rebranding knowledge

Until recently, a friend of mine worked in a medical library. She still works there, but they’re not calling it a library any more. Now it’s an information management center.

At my own library - a public library - there’s been a lot of talk about “rebranding.” I’m not sure what that is, but from what I can gather, it seems to be a means of disguising the fact that we are a library.

Hunting Down the Pleonasms

Allen Guthrie, an acquisition editor for Point Blank Press, wrote up a 'white paper' three years ago called 'Hunting Down the Pleonasms' that has become a cult classic.

Guthrie gave Adventure Books of Seattle permission to reprint this document wherever they liked. It is a permanent download at their site. It is very specific. Over at the AB site, it's been downloaded hundreds of times, and every writer should consider posting this on the wall near their computer.

“Show” and “Tell” and the Hook

 
It's one of the drum beats of the online writing boards: show don't tell.

The inner urge to set the scene, to explain, to paint a picture of the endlessly clever fantasy world you've just created, this impulse can be almost irresistible. Usually it's not a great idea.

Writing can seriously damage your health

Health.com has included writers on a list of “10 Careers With High Rates of Depression.” The article also singled out teachers and social workers, among other professions.

The articles blames irregular paychecks, uncertain hours, and isolation.

"Creative people may also have higher rates of mood disorders; about 9% reported an episode of major depression in the previous year.

"In men, it’s the job category most likely to be associated with an episode of major depression (nearly 7% in full-time workers).

Jamie Weiss Chilton talks submissions, eBooks and vampires

Jamie Weiss ChiltonJamie Weiss Chilton worked in different areas of publishing before settling into life as an agent at a leading agency for children's and teen literature.

Like any good agent, she learned the industry form the inside, working four years in the editorial department of Random House Children's Books. From there she moved to LA to work for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. 

Channelling Sophie: Patricia J. DeLois on Bufflehead Sisters

In addition to being the true author of the prize-winning Bufflehead Sisters, Patricia J. DeLois works in the audiovisual department in the Portland Public Library. Bufflehead, her first novel, won the British Council sponsored YouWriteOn.com 2007 Book of the Year Award. It was then published by YouWriteOn on a publish-on-demand (POD) basis.