Monday Update: All About the Readers

It’s been a busy week, and I’ve got the posts to prove it.

First off is an introduction to a business workshop for fiction writers.

The Pre-Professional Fiction Writers Workshop — An Overview

The Pre-Professional Fiction Writers Workshop — Week 1 Readings

Of course, we can’t escape a week without a few insights from Kris and Dean. This week, Kris talked about Readers and how it really is all about them when it comes to our writing, and I also re-encountered her post on Discipline, which I’m going to have to add to my daily pre-writing workout alongside Oswald Chambers and Steven Pressfield if I’m going to ever get anything done.

On Dean’s site, he talks a little bit about his concern and confusion over decisions that this new generation of indie authors are making:

A Number Of Things I Am Confused About

In addition, he links to a Verso Advertising survey that examines the book-buying habits of the American public last year. Easy to digest and well-worth your time.  Finally, Dean also has a post up yesterday where he talks about the ins and outs of using Pen Names, which is a subject I’ve been curious about for a while.

Then there’s the continued blogging efforts of l.e.yar:

your hips, ma’am; they do not lie

so, ballet is cool.

Okay, that’s all from me for this week. I’m sure I’ll scrounge up plenty more before next Monday, though. Don’t worry.

Monday Update: Insights on Creativity

Well, it’s been a much busier week than last time. Quite a few pages to share with everyone, both from me and others.

First, I have a couple of posts over on that other blog with some updates on my journey.

Legitimacy Bred by Rejection

Creativity Bred by Pressure

Following that, here are some business/writing posts that I’ve found particularly pertinent lately:

David Farland’s Daily Kick in the Pants — The Long Road

Why Reader Taste Differs From Publisher Taste

The Tsunami of Crap

How Much is Your Fiction Worth?

The Freelancer’s Survival Guide — Giving Up On Yourself

A bit more varied, I’d say, than the usual Dean and Kris stuff, yeah?

Matt over at The Vanishing Blog has come out with his…

Film Anticipation 2012

…blog post. You should check it out.

And finally, l.e.yar continues to make trouble with her most recent blog post:

on faith / sex

Monday Update: Blogs You Should Be Reading

Well, after the excitement of last week, I don’t really have much for you today. Just a few blog posts that I’ve taken notice of in the past few days.

First off, my fellow blogger Matt at The Vanishing Blog has a new post up about his anticipated video games for 2012. Check it out:

Game Anticipation 2012 & 2011 Retrospective

Next, l.e.yar has a post about some of her exciting new endeavors this year, from fashion to writing (both of which I’m very excited to see happen).

updates on various endeavors

Finally, here are two posts from Dean Wesley Smith that you NEED TO READ if you’re an aspiring fiction writer. Heck, even if you’re a current fiction writer, I still think his advice is applicable.

MYTH: You Can’t Make Money Writing Fiction

MYTH: New York Acts as a Quality Filter

The first one changed my entire perspective on this career, while the second is one I’ve only come to really appreciate this past week or so. Both are worth reading and serve as highlights in my recent (re)reading of his “Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing” series.

That’s all for this week. Maybe I’ll have something more interesting next Monday.

Monday Update: I’m Published

First, the most exciting news.

“Reserved for War,” episode 1 of Paradise Remnants, is available now on Smashwords and Amazon.

Over on my blog, I have a few thoughts about the release, as well as a few posts wrapping up my efforts from 2011.

The Final Story of 2011

2011 in Review

The First Steps on the Longest Walk of My Life

As always, Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch have a few helpful new posts up on their blogs. They’re the kind of “oh, okay” common sense posts that those who aspire to be career writers really need to read.

The New World of Publishing: Writer vs. Author

The Business Rusch: Writers: Will Work for Cheap

(Note: Major publishing money history and stats geekery in that second one.)

On a completely different note, it seems Wizards of the Coast is readying a new edition of D&D, and is looking for fan feedback. I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes on this.

Check out the story at Tor.com.

Finally, for those of you still considering goals and resolutions for 2012, here’re a few from writers for writers.

Konrath’s Resolutions for Writers 2012 (Particularly interesting to watch his trends change over the years.)

25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing (NOTE: Content warning for language.)

I believe that’s everything from this week. Once again, by the way, I’m published. Go buy my story. 🙂

P.S. Found an interesting article from the consistently impressive David Gaughran about the social reading site Wattpad. Check it out.

What’s Up With Wattpad?

 

Monday Update: Welcome to the New Year

Lots of exciting stuff has happened over the past couple weeks. First, here’s what I’ve been up to:

Coming Soon: Published Fiction

Along with the announcement on my personal blog, I’ve set up a new page in the “Writings” section on this blog to serve as a collection of all the information you’ll need to follow along with the ongoing stories of “Paradise Remnants.”

I also set up my author page over on Facebook, where you’ll be able to follow my updates as they happen.

Naturally, with the end of the year and the start of a new one, lots of folks are posting reflections on the old one and goals for the new. Check out some really thoughtful posts from:

l.e.yar

David Gaughran

Dean Wesley Smith (twice) (three times!)

And then Kristine Kathryn Rusch has two insightful articles (as usual) on the business end of indie publishing. Check them out here and here.