Going boldly into the unknown...a weekly roundup of writing tips and trends from a NZ children's writer.
Comments always welcome. (Image is of two galaxies colliding. Images Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.)
Last week my theme was contingency planning... and knowing
where the chocolate is. This week planning is still a hot topic.
Jane Friedman has a great article on checklists for authors... it’s comprehensive and covers everything you can think of and a few
things you may not have thought of. Jane also has a great article on editorial control. Who has it (at what stage) and How to keep it.
Kristen Lamb has also been thinking about planning but in a
different way. Do you protect yourself as a writer? She has an excellent post
on ways to protect your muse and it starts by getting rid of toxic time
wasters...(sometimes known as relations.)
Joanna Penn has a fabulous interview with Gabriela Pereira of DIYMA. This is a MUST watch/ Listen/ Read on creating your own course of
study to up-skill your writing. (Your own M.A. in writing.) Gabriela has a huge
library of articles and ideas as well as a very involved community.
About five years ago I talked about Book Espresso machines.
This is a book printer machine that sits inside a bookshop. Publishers Weekly recently
took a look at what bookshops are doing with them. From becoming publishers to
vital links in the community.
Forming communities of like minded writing buddies and doing
something wonderful has long been a hobbyhorse of mine. Whether it’s to exploit
Instafreebie or growing your email list or group marketing your books or
producing an Annual. There is power in harnessing collective creative brains.
We are still getting after shocks from last weeks
earthquake. Every day brings news of another building being evacuated. We sat
down and did some planning and now our Go Bag is packed by the door. I know
where I’ve stashed a supply of chocolate....
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