Friday, February 22, 2013

Writer's Digest October 2011


The October 2011 issue is my second assignment of Homework for Writers.

  • The first article suggested attending fan conferences because they host a lot more authors, access to publishers, booksellers. Definitely considered adding a fan conference to my list but I’m still struggling to find a way to manage the search for a good writing or fan conference without subscribing to a dozen new announcement services.
  • Trademark: this article recommends trademarking when your website or blog is gaining traction. I don’t think I’m there yet but I’m curious about trademarking. I have copyrighted my three books.
  • Totally freaked out by the excerpt from The Writer’s Compass that asked me to ponder why I’m writing the story I’m working on. If you were living in solitude, and were finally given one opportunity to to shout one message to the world what would it be? My god, is that what this book is? My one opportunity?? I’m now terrified.
  • An article considering when and if it might be ok to do e-interviews confirmed my pre-existing preference, in-person and then phone interviews. 
  • The ‘Get An Agent’ section was particularly appealing. I’m starting to collect the names of agents I think might be interested in the novel I’m workshopping right now. I think I’m going to create a file folder today called “Agents.”
  • Four authors shared stories of how significantly their agents have helped them as authors. The story was inspiring but I want to hear how to know when one is working with a crappy agent.
  • Four great samples of manuscripts and where and why the agent stopped reading - very informative. Also, I understood what the agent was saying. Hopefully I can look at my work with the same critical eye.
  • Some serious meat in the Workbook section that listed the 4 goals your beginning must meet! A story-worthy problem, hook the reader, establish the story rules, and forecast the ending. There’s even a checklist for the first 1,000 words!! I love this stuff. I think I’m going to photocopy page 57.