Something to do with all that spare time you have

I’m an information junkie. I like to know things. I don’t like to be in the dark and I want to know the rules of the game.

In other words I LOVE the internet!

I’ve ranted before about how I have little patience for writers who don’t understand how the publishing industry works. (By the way, that hasn’t changed. I still think that if you can’t be bothered to understand how this industry works, then you shouldn’t be trying to break into it. Would you go into police work without learning the basics of the legal system?)

But, I also understand that the internet is a huge and often intimidating place, and it can be hard to find the information you need amidst all the other “noise” out there. So, I’m going to get y’all started with some helpful links.

First off, some other group blogs that are almost as wonderful as The Magic District:







Other incredibly useful blogs:

There are many sharks in the publishing waters. Read Writer Beware to learn how to avoid them: http://accrispin.blogspot.com/

The wonderful Miss Snark. Alas, she’s no longer blogging, but the archives are a goldmine of information. http://misssnark.blogspot.com/

Agent Kristin Nelson shares TONS of knowledge: http://pubrants.blogspot.com/

So does BookEnds Literary Agency: http://bookendslitagency.blogspot.com/

And Dystel & Goderich: http://dglm.blogspot.com/

And Nathan Bransford: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/


Various posts that have fantastic info:

This post has links to a dozen other awesome posts. Read them all! http://editorialass.blogspot.com/2009/10/publishing-related-backlist.html

A good explanation of how royalties and advances work: http://apparentlyaprilynne.blogspot.com/2007/12/do-math.html

Sub-rights! http://apparentlyaprilynne.blogspot.com/2007/12/sub-rights-or-yet-another-reason-you.html

Word count limits. Why they exist, and why they matter: http://editorialass.blogspot.com/2009/06/is-there-word-count-cap-for-debut-novel.html


These are just a sampling of the links in my “Writing” bookmarks folder. What online writing/publishing resources do you find invaluable?


3 Responses to “Something to do with all that spare time you have”

  1. 1 Ardiril
    November 17, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    “Would you go into police work without learning the basics of the legal system?”

    Please, tell me this was sarcasm.

  2. November 17, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Well, I was trying to make the point that if you’re pursuing professional publication, then you should approach it as you would any other career, i.e. learn about the business, stay as current as you can on trends, and present yourself as a professional. You don’t have to know everything, but you should at least be striving to learn what you can–and the majority of the info you need is available for free online.

    And, as former police officer, I can attest that I had to learn a LOT about the law, the constitution, and our legal system before I was allowed to enforce said laws.

  3. 3 Ardiril
    November 18, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I should have guessed things were different outside Alabama.

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