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The Biz

May 18, 2010

It’s common knowledge that a businessman/woman needs to know his/her market. Inside and out. Backwards and forwards. Better than the back of their hand.

In the case of publishing, that does not entail following current trends or stealing the voice of a (currently) popular author. That’s like plagiarism of ideas. We all know that 1) If you’re a writer, you’ve probably written pages upon pages in the past, and you’ve got your own voice. Don’t tape over it; and 2) that trends pass. They’re like seasons. Except there aren’t four. There are fifteen hundred million. Keeping up with them will be detrimental to your writing time.

However, you don’t want to be entirely oblivious. I’m not talking of the market, but of publishing in general. Rachelle Gardner recently tweeted something that caught my eye:

“Dear Agent, here is a link where you can see my manuscript.” That is not a query, sorry.

Yeah, no. Not a query. That example screams one of two things. Either the writer had absolutely no idea what he or she was doing or he/she has a terrible, sour sense of humor. I doubt agents are looking for either. Every inkling of information someone could ever dream of wanting to know regarding querying, agents, critiques, publishing, etc. can be found on the internet. It’s all here. There’s a fantastic array of publishing-related blogs and sites. If only one has the will to look.

Elana recently posted about communicating with non-writers. You know; those people who don’t stay up at night pondering how to write a single sentence or accurately describe the emotional aftereffects of murdering someone? These are the people who still believe that you can get your book published with sheer will. People ask me, “Are you going to get it published?” (It being my book.) I tell them it’s not that easy, but what I really want to say is, “Why don’t you try to get it published?!”

Really, this publishing thing? It’s murder. Which makes us all suicidal.

Knowledge, in this instance, is your weapon. Use it. Don’t make a fool out of yourself, and by golly make sure you know what a query is.

I’ve compiled a list of the major publishing blog/sites. Of course, many of you already have your weapon in hand and are ready to face the publishing world. However, if you find that you don’t recognize one of the names below, I’d check it out.

Nathan Bransford’s Blog (The literary agent celebrity.)

Rachelle Gardner’s Rants & Ramblings

Kristin Nelson’s Pub Rants

Eric’s Pimp my Novel

The Query Tracker Blog

Absolute Write Forums

Writer’s Digest Forums (By the way, you’re in idiot if you’re an aspiring author and have not yet subscribed to WD. I’m not going to tip-toe around your feelings here. Do it. Now. You will not regret it.)

Steph Bowe’s Hey! Teenager of the Year (Check out Steph’s blog particularly if your a teen writer.)

Naturally, I’m missing a lot. If you have any blogs/sites you would recommend, let me know. I’ll be adding a separate link column in my sidebar for such things soon.

So, don’t be naive. Don’t assume anything. Just do your research. Get to know your market and the world you intend to live in before you work and live in it.

You wouldn’t by a house without walking through it, would you?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2010 8:25 PM

    *holds soap box still so Maddie doesn’t fall*

    Preach it, sista’!

  2. May 19, 2010 5:16 PM

    Those are some great links! I’ve found the Query Tracker blog to be very helpful. Thanks for the compilation! šŸ™‚

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