I just love the delight in this young man’s performance of “The Little Drummer Boy.” He is sixteen years old who plays in his church band.
The good news for us in Virginia is that we rarely experience a white Christmas. Of course, for snow lovers, that is bad news. No sleigh rides for us. Not even to a groovy beat. What I love is that winter is cold enough to call for a coat, but usually boots are more of a fashion statement than a necessity.
But here we have plenty of seasonal atmosphere, with an abundance of holly berry scents in candles and sprays, and Christmas music piped in to all the stores. I hope the writers of “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” retained their copyrights. Surely they must be billionaires by now.
Thirty-two years ago today I said those very words to my darling hubby, Don, in a candlelit service, surrounded by friends and family. Ours was a whirlwind courtship and marriage. From the time we met to the wedding was a total of 8 months—and we were apart for 3 of those months. Yes, we were young. And yes, in many ways, we were incredibly foolish. But now, 32 years later, I can tell you that though our journey has not been smooth or easy, it’s taught us more than I ever thought possible about love, about faith, about obedience, about grace. God has used two imperfect people to forge a strong, lasting bond, and He’s knit our hearts and spirits together as I once thought impossible.
As I thought about all this today, and about all it’s taken for us to not just survive as a couple but to thrive, it confirmed something I’ve heard and experienced: the author/agent relationship is very much like a marriage. There’s the wooing and courting, often on both parts. There’s trying to figure out how to win the heart of the desired. There’s that flush of excitement when you discover your interest is reciprocal. There’s the proposal, and the happy “I do.”
And then there’s the freakin’ hard work of the relationship.
The Rise of the Cowboy Romance Novel – Time magazine article on secular cowboy romance novels.
Pirates are Stealing my Books! – Karen Ranney is justifiably angry. I am surprised her publisher is not doing more to help. Maybe the whole story is not yet being told.
The Self-Aggrandizing Self-Publishing Kings: Extreme Rhetoric, Inflammatory Language and Ulterior Motives – A great response to the constant negativity found on select blog regarding the publishing business.
Ignore Everything but the Writing – Wisdom from Carrie Ryan
Screenwriting 101 – Ever wondered how to write a screenplay? Here are the basics.
The Writing Process as a Board Game – A highly creative post by Margo Berendsen.
11 Frequently Asked Questions About Book Royalties, Advances and Money – Great post by Chuck Sambuchino.
This fun video was put together by the Kuinerrarmiut Elitnaurviat 5th Grade class in Quinhagak, Alaska. They spent 10 hours shooting the video over a weekend. Originally intended only for an audience of the 200 residents of Quinhagak village.
One of the services a traditional publisher provides is working with authors in regard to getting publicity about books through word of mouth. This piece of the publicity puzzle is more important for trade books than for mass market books because they fit into an established line and are less author-focused than trade books. Trade books rely more on author identity and brand recognition to be successful. This is why traditional publishers ask writers to provide lists of influencers for their books.
Who Might Be Influencers?
Often after you are contracted, the publisher will ask the author for a list of influencers. In return for spreading the word about your book, many publishers will provide a copy to the influencer free of charge. Already your agent has insisted that you include a list of potential endorsers in your proposal. Chances are good that not all of your potential endorsers were asked for formal endorsements, so begin with the remaining friends who already know you, like your writing, and support you in your career. When asked for a larger list, choose wisely.
Wednesday again! The days go by so fast this time of year! Well, my office Corgi, Mr. Kirby, and I are happy to welcome you inside once again.
Last week we visited the kitchen. Today, let’s meander into the main office, where, no surprise, you’ll see bookcase after bookcase, all overflowing. Oh, I try to decorate and straighten, but more and more I’m embracing the chaos. I’m persuaded true bibliophiles are seldom organized because there are always more books than shelves! And when you consider that I’ve been in publishing for more than 30 years, you KNOW I’ve got an abundance of books. And what a happy abundance that is!
Paying Authors More Might be in the Best Interest of Publishers – Mike Shatzkin is a really smart guy and every published writer will want to read every part of this 2,300 word article. Brilliant.
The Twelve Most Dangerous Words for Writers – A provocative title. Worth reading and thinking it through.
The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity – I know I shouldn’t have enjoyed this article but I did!
When You Have to Choose a Pen Name – This author was told by her publisher it was in her best interest.
20 Reasons Why You Should NOT Use Social Media – Clever article by Jeff Bullas
An 8-year-old Teaches Persuasive Writing – Inspired by the movie “Miracle on 34th Street”
Behind the Numbers at Google – Infographic from BusinessMBA.org
Cello Wars! (the Star Wars version)
These guys had way too much fun doing this. Please do yourself a favor and watch the whole thing right through to the credits (four minutes long).