Another week, another round-up. Or roll. Or soup. Whatever you like to call it.
Sadly, many publishing pro blogs are suffering the same summar blahs that have afflicted the lit agent blogs. (*Knock Knock* Mr. Rinzler? Ms. Kroszer? Are you okay in there?) But, I still have plenty of intriguing stuff for you to check out!
So, let’s get right to the publishing pro links:
♣ Erin Brown at Author magazine gives us a cheat sheet for self-editing.
♣ Jason Boog at GalleyCat shares some interesting links on library card art., including a very cool octopus. I was particularly drawn to this because I have a bit of an intellectual obsession with octopuses/octopodes. And yes, those are the two correct possibilities for the plural, one using the standard English (as endorsed by Fowler’s) and the other using the ancient Greek. “Octopi” is a false Latinization. Given the confusion, I would be willing to support a moose-like identical plural: one octopus, two octopus, forty octopus.
♣ Raelene Gorlinsky at Redlines & Deadlines gives us a peek into the language of lust, through the eyes of 35 avid readers of erotic romance.
♣ At BoingBoing, we learn that Panverse publisher Dario Ciriello wants to create a permanent market for novellas. Here here!
♣ Pimp My Novel guest writer, author J L Wilson, allows all of her heroines into the same discussion on the current crisis changes in publishing.
♣ At Magical Words, Misty Massey tells us what writers should be having for dinner, by genre.
Although I consider writer-borne marketing part of what’s leading publishing down the path of the pyramid scheme, I would be remiss not to give the PUBLISHING LINK OF THE WEEK award to Moonrat of Editorial Ass for her incredibly helpful piece on how to publicize one’s book.
I do like this observation:
I’ve seen companies and authors spend tons of money and sell zero books, and I’ve seen no-name midlist books that no one believed in or stood behind totally take off. So what’s the secret to book publicity? Magic.
Sadly, I gave up on magic when I shifted my creative energies from high to urban fantasy. Anyone have a magic wand or an elf I could borrow?