Writers Chatting: Chapter 7

I spent most of yesterday transplanting roses from the backyard (where nothing is safe!) to the front yard. These roses are from my friend’s garden and I’m looking forward to making my own bouquets this summer. I have an unbelievable variety and many, many plants.

For today’s writing thread, I’m digging into my email basket and highlighting a nice piece from WereBear on creating a web presence to promote yourself.

From WereBear:

You’ve written a wonderful book. Now what? That was the position I was in when I listened to all the friends who urged me to “write a book” about the cat insights I had developed through years of running an amateur cat rescue. So I did.

I could not get an agent or publisher. Angry and exasperated at the process, I took it to the virtual streets. I started my own website, Way of Cats, with blog posts based on everything I had organized and crafted into the book. Was the publishing industry right, or was I right?  Read more



Writing Group Update and Open Thread

I’ve been debating a writer’s thread this weekend and YES won out. So there will be an one at the usual time,  12:30/11:30/10:30/9:30.

Two things caught my eye today:

For our New England friends, the Tall Ships are coming.

There is a great slideshow at the link.

And this adorable video, love the kid giving CPR to the mascot. Thrilled he knows how!

My day is off to a very slow start. How are you getting through your Friday?

Open thread.








Puppy and Writing Group Updates

Bixby blocking the door when he realized we were going out to lunch without him.

There will be a Writers Chatting post tomorrow – 12:30/11:30/10:30/9:30. Hope you can pop in. I also am in contact with our favorite Wiley Cash about doing another chat – for sure when his new book comes out, but maybe I can persuade him to pop in before that date.

Sad puppeh is sad.

I spent time with LFern’s foster puppies on Wednesday (original photos here) and I’m afraid I didn’t have a chance to take any photos. Mostly because I spent a great deal of time with 8 snuggly, fluffy puppies sleeping on me. I can’t tell you how completely relaxing that was and it was difficult to tear myself away. Lolly, the mom, has really stolen my heart and her adoptive people will surely get much scrutiny from myself and Lfern’s entire family. She’s a keeper.

They all had a vet visit late this week and I’m waiting to hear how that went. Lolly is horribly thin (think Walter, RIP, thin and still feeding her pups) because she and another mom were locked in an abandoned house with 15 pups. And still, she is the sweetest thing who totally loves people and wants nothing more than to sit in your lap and be rubbed all over.

Just as I was about ready to leave, we decided the weather had cleared enough to bring them all outside and romp around. Which completely killed another 45 minutes with fun. Despite their rough start, these are a smart, social and sweet bunch and will make great pets for some very lucky people.

We are all suspecting that maybe, possibly, the litters got mixed up – most of the pups have some resemblance to Lolly, except two – who look suspiciously like their dad was part Chihuahua. Especially Scout, who I renamed Scooby, because he looks so much like a tiny Scooby-Doo when he’s running around on his short Chihuahua legs.

If I have the chance to visit them again before they are placed, promise I’ll get photos.

Open thread.

 



Writers Chatting: Urgent Advice Needed

Really pretty sundog yesterday when I was out gardening.

Had a request from Mnemosyne this week:

Right after I get back from Disneyworld (have you heard I’m going to Disneyworld?😉) I’m going to a writing conference where I will be pitching my novel, and I need advice!

So let’s help her out…



Writers Chatting: Chapter 5

Lars Leber Photography

Lars Leber has become one of my favorite local photographers. Above is Grand Prismatic Spring Sunset (Yellowstone National Park, WY)  – a late summer sunset.

There were quite a few requests on publishing last time. I put out a call for advice on all aspects. This week we’ll start with Paul Wartenberg’s advice on securing an literary agent.

Let’s also talk about where everyone is at with their works. What stage are you at? How is it feeling?

Don’t forget you can click on the Authors In Our Midst under the quick links to see all the great advice in the writers chatting threads (and all 0ur great authors, too!)

Now from Paul:

There are superheroes in the world, people with Talents, and the ones who choose can get to train and suit up to work the streets fighting crime and saving lives.

Body Armor Blues can be found here and Paul’s author page is here.

I’ve taught a class on self-publishing at my library a couple of times, and I start with describing the three (and a half) methods of writers getting published. The first method is the traditional route: getting signed by a major – or small press – imprint such as Penguin or HarperCollins.

Going that route has the hardest steps but the biggest rewards. The major imprints aren’t kind to new or emerging authors, but it’s because they’re swamped by hundreds of wordsmiths banging at their door. And they’re swamped because the major imprints have the greatest reach to every market: the retail stores, the libraries, the schools that can purchase hundreds if not thousands of copies of your work. The large publishers can market your book everywhere it can, set up deals for bookstores to display your covers, get you interviews and signing tours and reviews. Everybody (usually) wants to sign a contract with one of the big guys, because that’s money up front, that’s a solid chance of making the bestsellers lists, that’s playing in the major leagues.

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Writers Chatting: Chapter Four


Hat tip to Iowa Old Lady for the chart.

Welcome back.  This week I thought it would be fun to talk about genres –  what are the requirements of particular genres and what drew you to the genre you’re most interested in writing. Anyone write across several genres and want to talk about the challenges of changing things up? Especially if you’re crossing lines like playwriting/screenplays vs. novels or fiction vs. non-fiction. Do we have any technical writers?

I thought the chart above would be a fun way to address the varying stages of self-doubt that we face as creatives during the process. How to handle the stumbling blocks, tricks to move past it and not let it bring creativity to a halt. What do you do when self-doubt creeps in?

In the next chat or two, I would love it if someone wanted to write up a bit about self-publishing, self-promotion, small presses, traditional publishing,  and the ins and out of each. If we need to split it between two separate chats, that would be great. Hit me up with an email.

Ok, have at it – the above talking points are just to get you started – talk about whatever is on your minds today. Have fun and keep it positive. – TaMara



Writing Group Sunday Reminder and Open Thread

My staff – they need to learn to do filing.

I think we’ll have a writing group on Sunday, same bat-time, same-bat channel. (12:30/11:30/10:30/9:30). The weather is suppose to be incredibly nice here, so I might not be sticking around for the entire time, but will get it started…

I have topics in mind, but if you have something in mind, email me or drop a note in this thread (add my name to your suggestion and I can search for it later today).

Otherwise, this is a morning open thread. And I need more coffee…