Writing Links: On Community, Book Blurbs, Facebook, Story Worthiness and Potential Publishing Disappointments

  • Check out Christi Craig’s recent post “One Key to a Writer’s Success: Find Your Community.” As a proponent of building writing communities online and with local scribes, I adore what she has to say on the subject.
  • Author, editor and writing coach Laura Taylor offers her thoughts on writing successful book cover blurbs. “Boiled down to its true purposes, a book cover blurb accomplishes two things,” she writes. “It provides the reader with a verbal snapshot of the essence of an entire story, and it entices that reader to sample the opening pages of the novel prior to making the purchase.”
  • Curtis Sittenfeld, author of “Prep” and “American Wife,” offers the witty and pithy “I’m on Facebook. It’s Over.” For the record, I’m still not on Facebook, and I totally related to the list of events and photos that Curtis lamented missing before she joined the FB ranks.
  • The Hack Novelist asks, “Is Your Story Worth Six Hours of Someone’s Life?” It’s a question we all need to ask, especially in those early draft stages.
  • And finally, from Anne R. Allen’s blog, we have author Ruth Harris’ take on being published. “6 Prescriptions to Cure the Heartbreak of Being Published” warns that even signing with the Big Six, which so many writers yearn to accomplish, could lead to headaches and heartaches.

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Publisher, Forest Avenue Press
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8 Responses to Writing Links: On Community, Book Blurbs, Facebook, Story Worthiness and Potential Publishing Disappointments

  1. Emma Burcart says:

    This is a great list. I love the variety! Pick-me-ups and reality checks. Nice balance.

  2. Thanks, Laura. I’ve read all but one of those and found them very helpful. It’s a problem all writers face today. You can no longer hide in a secluded corner of the world … get out, put on the spotlight, market, create a brand and if you have any time left … write the next book 🙂

    • Oh good! Thanks for stopping by. I totally agree about this whole multiple personality thing we all have to deal with now. Writing alone in a corner of the room is only part of the process. The bigger, louder part is getting yourself “out there.”

      I can’t imagine trying to market a book while sowing the seeds for the next one! Those early steps in a first draft are so introspective and time-gobbling.

  3. Liz says:

    thanks so much, laura. you always have such great resources to pass on.

    http://pocketshrink.blogspot.com

    • Thanks, Liz! It’s been a lot of fun to compile links like this–and now, when something I read comes up in conversation with writer friends, I’ll actually remember where to find that particular blog post.

  4. Laura,

    What a great list of links — such great info & perspective ! I’m honored to be a part of it 🙂

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