1. https://annerallen.com/2019/07/rejections-8-reasons-why/ “I’ve been perusing some agent sites recently to see if their advice has changed since I was on the query-go-round a couple of decades ago.
But things seem to have remained much the same.
The top reasons for rejections of the query letter itself are perennial:”
2. https://www.janefriedman.com/sample-permission-letter/ “Whenever you decide to directly quote, excerpt, or reproduce someone else’s work in your own—whether that’s a book, blog, magazine article, or something else—you have to consider, for each use, whether or not it’s necessary to seek explicit, legal permission from the work’s creator or owner.
Unfortunately, quoting or excerpting someone else’s work falls into one of the grayest areas of copyright law. There is no legal rule stipulating what quantity is OK to use without seeking permission from the owner or creator of the material. Major legal battles have been fought over this question, but there is still no black-and-white rule.”
4. https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/thematic-metaphor/ “Your thematic metaphor is the unifying idea that emerges as the meaning behind your characters’ adventures in their story world. Once you have identified your story’s thematic principle, the real work begins. How will you seamlessly join theme to plot?
Masterful authors create stories that, on their surfaces, may seem to be entirely plot—and yet are deeply thematic. They do this by getting their readers or viewers to feel and think deeply without being obvious about it. The seams with which they connect theme to plot are held together with invisible threads of highly sophisticated metaphor.” I try not to worry about theme while writing but somehow as I go along one emerges. Friendship for instance in the one I’m sending to the editor. Another I’m editing is about the relationship between a mother and a daughter.
5. https://www.livewritethrive.com/2019/07/22/the-indie-bookstore-renaissance/ “Indie bookstores have always been paradises for book lovers, offering a browsing experience unmatched by many other retailers. Just mind your way around the outdoor book carts on the way in; smell the old yellowing pages; listen to the creak of wooden floors; the tallness of shelves that have a tendency to envelop … and you will know that these things cannot easily be recreated elsewhere or online.
Or you might even see near-exact replicas of Fred Armisen’s “Candace” and Carrie Brownstein’s “Toni” in a Portlandia sketch about two feminist bookstore owners in Portland and have to look twice!
Although, in the face of chain stores and online retailers, it has saddened many readers to know that independent bookstores have been struggling for a long time. We have gone from what might once have been many thousands of independent bookstores in the United States down to 2,321 independent bookstores, as reported by the American Bookseller’s Association”
Research & Fun Tidbits:
1. https://somethingferal.com/2019/07/20/dreaming-stones-incipient-weirdness/ “It was later than anticipated when we left the rest of our Companions on the Sunday afternoon at the end of the workshop. We hadn’t eaten, needed a garage for the damnable deflating tyre and we were a long, long way from home. Even with motorways and optimal speeds every foot of the way, home would still be a solid ten hour drive south. But then, who was heading south?”
2. https://teagansbooks.com/2019/07/20/whats-next-again/ “Hello again, everyone. Two posts in one day is unlike me. However, it’s a reflection of how torn I’ve been, and still am, about which serial to do next.
Using reader-provided random things in serials has been a great way for me to write and finish stories. However, The Guitar Mancer is a notable exception to this. I was almost finished with the novel, and it did not convert well to a serial. The pace for regular novels, at least for mine, is different than the flow of a weekly serial.”
3. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/21/tales-from-the-irish-garden-serialisation-chapter-fifteen-summer-the-piglet-races-by-sally-cronin/ “It was now August, and the long summer days in the palace and the surrounding garden were filled with laughter and parties. The Storyteller introduced the court to another interesting activity that delighted them. Whilst the humans in the Emerald Island were devoted to the sport of horse-racing… the little people known internationally as Leprechauns but locally as Lerpersians, had a love of miniature piglet racing.
As you will have gathered by now, the Storyteller was able to move between both worlds, and could assume the appropriate stature at will. He had returned from the town’s final horse race of the summer, and had managed to acquire, at the farm market that flourished next to the racecourse, six of the most fastidiously bred piglets, born of champion dam and sire racers.”
4. https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2019/07/21/writing-tips-why-writing-yourself-into-your-own-heros-journey-can-help-you-get-unstuck-by-lara-zielin/ “As a writer, I’m always considering what my characters want. I’m always asking what their motivations are. What will make them happy? What is a satisfying story for them?
But I had never really considered the story of my own life. What was my motivation? What would make me happy?”
5. https://somethingferal.com/2019/07/22/callanish-calling-light-of-the-world/ “…What we had thought were the distant hills of Bonny Scortland,
so recently traversed, turned out to be the hills of Skye herself yet to be encountered.
This trip was already proving to have more surprises than a Jack-in-the-Box.
But, no matter…”
Some Things More Serious:
2. https://juantetcts.wordpress.com/2019/07/20/toxic-work-cultures-make-best-employees-quit-published-on-june-11-2019-brigette-hyacinth/ “Whenever a boss acts like a dictator – shutting down, embarrassing, or firing anyone who dares to challenge the status quo – you’ve got a toxic workplace problem. And that’s not just because of the boss’ bad behavior, but because that behavior creates an environment in which everyone is scared, intimidated and often willing to throw their colleagues under the bus, just to stay on the good side of the such bosses.
A toxic company culture will erode an organization by paralyzing its workforce, diminishing its productivity and stifling creativity and innovation. Now more than ever business leaders need to be addressing issues of workplace toxicity. It makes the difference in retaining good staff and also whether your company fails or succeeds. Employees aren’t afraid to jump ship when faced with a toxic workplace—and it’s usually your high performers who will go first.”
3. https://lithub.com/helen-phillips-is-scared-of-her-new-novel/ “Helen Phillips is scared of her new novel, The Need. “The questions this book raises are uncomfortable,” she says. “And it was uncomfortable for me to write.”
The Need is also uncomfortable to write about, but for a different reason entirely: I don’t want to reveal too much about the plot. Part speculative thriller, part literary horror story, the book’s narrative tension is a tractor beam which pulled me late into a few nights, well past my usual bedtime. Phillips turns the suspense to eleven from the first sentence, which finds Molly, a mother of two at home alone, cowering with her kids in their bedroom, sure she’s heard the footsteps of an intruder in the next room.”
5. https://jamigold.com/2019/07/is-your-writing-plan-ready-for-a-crisis-guest-lisa-bell/ “Life happens to us all. Sometimes the surprises of life are good, and sometimes they’re not so good. But that essential truth means that at some point in our writing career, we’ll struggle with figuring out how to write while life’s chaos happens around us.
I’m currently finishing up my exhausting vacation (because apparently I can’t do things halfway *sigh*), and to keep my blog going, I needed a plan for guest posters to fill in for me. We’ve been lucky to enjoy some fantastic posts about writing engaging character descriptions and how to include multiple points of view in our stories. So I know how much having a plan can keep us going when life gets crazy.”
Teaser Fiction & Poetry:
4. https://johnwhowell.com/2019/07/20/stream-of-consciousness-saturday-prompt-frame/ “It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday time again, and this weeks prompt is, “frame.” Here is how Lind Hill describes the assignment. “Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “frame.” Use it as a noun or a verb or any way you like. Have fun!” Notice how easy it is for her to say, “have fun.” If you would like to join in and have some fun, go to Linda’s blog and read how easy it is. Here is the link.”
Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:
1. https://mariacatalinaegan.com/2019/07/21/the-shadowed-path-the-jonmarc-vahanian-adventures-vol-1-by-gail-z-martin-genre-epic-fantasy/ “NOTHING AHEAD BUT VENGEANCE – NOTHING BEHIND BUT BLOOD
Soldier. Fight slave. Smuggler. Warrior.
Brigand Lord. You may have
encountered Jonmarc Vahanian in the Chronicles of the Necromancer but
you don’t really know him until you walk in his footsteps. This is
the start of his epic journey.
A blacksmith’s son in a small fishing
village before raiders killed
his amily, Jonmarc was wounded and left for dead in the attack. He
tried to rebuild his life, but when a dangerous bargain with a
shadowy stranger went wrong, he found himself on the run.
Gail Z. Martin returns to the world of her
books with these thrilling ales of adventure and high fantasy,
collected together here for the very first time.
OVER HALF A MILLION CHRONICLES OF THE NECROMANCER BOOKS SOLD”
2. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/the-last-stage-louise-voss-blog-tour-review/ “At the peak of her career as lead singer of a legendary 1980s indie band, Meredith Vincent was driven off the international stage by a horrific incident. Now living a quiet existence in a cottage on the grounds of an old stately home, she has put her past behind her and come to terms with her new life.
When a body is found in the manicured gardens of her home, and a series of inexplicable and unsettling events begins to occur, it becomes clear that someone is watching, someone who knows who she is … Someone who wants vengeance.
And this is only the beginning…”
3. https://mystictalestintin.wordpress.com/2019/07/21/review-dead-of-night/ ““She knew how easy it was to get trapped. It was like quicksand. One minute you’re walking, sure of yourself, the next you’ve fallen through a hole into an entirely different world and you’re sinking, drowning, and no one can help you.”
4. https://mjmallon.com/2019/07/21/colleens-2019-book-reviews-living-in-a-shadow-by-author-deborah-a-bowman-bowmanauthor/ “LIVING IN A SHADOW is a must-read fictional drama with a powerful message for women of all ages, any man who has ever loved a woman, and any partner, regardless of gender, who has ever loved a victim, especially the unheard, unknown, uncomforted victims.
Sometimes the dreams we want most out of life are mere illusions, shadows in the mist. Fantasy and Desire: Is it Love or Lust? Truth, Reality, and Perception: Is it Fact or Fiction? Not that it matters. But, of course, you must have the ability to make these choices.
It’s not the book, any book, but what you personally take away from the book, embracing the experiences as if they were your own to enable you to select the best…”
5. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2019/07/23/some-lanternfish-love/ “I just discovered this awesome review of Voyage of the Lanternfish. I’m currently working on a sequel called HMS Lanternfish, so now is a great time to join the crew and come along.”