Tuesday, May 26, 2009

*Pokes the blog*

You all seem very silent lately! Let me know what's on your mind!

23 comments:

Eileen said...

On my mind is "What the heck was I thinking when I agreed to these deadlines?" This is followed by AAAAAHHH and then procrastination by reading blogs.

AM said...

Okay, I totally have a question. I queried an agent via email and got an "out of office today response". That is fine but what caught my eye and maybe made me worry was that in the subject line the "Re" was preceded by "SPAM".

If it looks like my query went into the agent's spam folder, what do I do? Should I resend and start my letter noting it was deemed spam on the first attempt?

TamiJean said...

Look.

I didn't want to say anything, but...

...did you at least try the cheese while you were in Wisconsin?

I kid, I kid. One of these days I'll learn to comment rather than just lurk.

The silence from this corner of the blog watchers isn't ominous, it's just...um...quiet.

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

BETA readers are on my mind. How do you know who to choose with your prized work?
I've met great writer friends through the blogging world but are there certain requirements or an experience level we should seek when looking for betas?
I'm hungry for critique because I want my story to be the best it can be. It's just so hard to hand it over to virtual friends (aka strangers :))

Jarucia said...

I'll chime in. Went to the SCBWI conference in Washington a week back and the news was somewhat depressing.

I know authors (particularly the aspiring ones) need to be persistent and thick skinned and play by the rules, but I'm forever surprised by the rules I DON'T know I'm breaking and are hurting my chances.

Plus, the economy stinks which means I can't bother shopping around my Red Label writing. I've got to go straight to my Blue Label stuff.

I'm not really complaining, but it does make me feel nervous as I'm about to query again and if I get 'nos' from everyone, I'm going to have to switch genres or something drastic.

Off to do more leg work.

(Thanks for the opportunity to chime, though mine was rather dull)

Kristin Laughtin said...

In a case of putting the cart before the horse, I've been reading numerous author blogs where they're responding to reader complaints/criticisms/accusations (anything where they aren't doing what the reader wants them to do and therefore They Suck) and worrying about being in the same position someday and having to formulate a better response than "Shove off or write your own damn story."

(I mean this in a more lighthearted manner than comes across, but seriously: if you don't like the way an author writes a story or don't agree with the conclusions or themes he/she includes...that's fine, and you can certainly criticize weak points, but why not find an author that does write the things you want to read, or writing them yourself, instead of berating the first for not having the same vision as you?)

P. Bradley Robb said...

Writing deadlines at work are seriously cutting in my sarcasm and serious writing time.

I'm naturally sarcastic and wasting of natural gifts is a damn shame.

David said...

Got laid off. Looking for a new job. Worrying. Hard to focus on enjoyable stuff!

~Jamie said...

I have been strangely silent as well. Must be the beautiful weather and our insane need to play in it!

Naah I've just been so busy editing I haven't bothered to comment lately! That's horrible blog reader manners though... shame on me!

C. N. Nevets said...

What's on my mind is wondering why so many of my fellow aspiring authors listen first to the advice and counsel of other aspiring authors, then to somewhat succesful authors, then to wildly successful authors, and then to publishers, editors, and agents. Seems like it's exactly opposite of what makes sense.

karen_w_newton said...

Haven't been here in a while. I like the new look. And speaking of new looks, Dave's book BURNING SKIES looks fantastic in the Kindle edition! They even did a decent job with the graphic at the beginning.

PurpleClover said...

*pokes back*

jessjordan said...

I just got a mental image of you poking the blog, which, in my mind, looks like some sort of bubble separating us from you.

My mind is strange, I know. I blame it on the work day that I swear will never end ...

All of this to say: thank you. I needed a smile, and you gave me one.

somersday said...

Self doubt is at a high today. As a first time author (YA) confidence comes with new ideas, but as I get closer to completing my first manuscript, I am terrified.

This too shall pass...I hope!

I used to find reading other YA novels inspiring. Is there a better learning tool? Now, as I sit reading only the first five pages of a new book recently delivered by Amazon, I find the self doubt increasing. WHY?

Travis Erwin said...

My mind is full of dirty imagery and lustful thoughts. It is not a safe place to uncover, so I'll simply say I'm always hear reading even when I do not comment.

Isaac said...

Wondering if a hint fiction serial that is passed from blog to blog has any longevity? It's a fun exercise in brevity similar to the micro fiction “banana” contest except without any prizes and thus in my opinion getting little support. Why is that, you think? Here’s the link: http://dorlamoorehouse.blogspot.com/2009/05/taking-hint.html

Arjay said...

Tamora Pierce's "Becka Cooper" series is very good.

Tochi said...

I've been scheming.

In other news, do you think Susan Boyle is actually a talented singer, or a flavor-of-the-month?

Hera said...

I'm sick with nerves right now. I sent your agency a query and the wait is agonizing!

And I'm sick in the literal sense. I ate too much pudding :(

Horserider said...

I'm wishing my headache would go away so I can work on my shiny new idea that I finally gave into yesterday despite my two other works in progress.

Angelo said...

I've been feverishly gearing up for BEA.. anyone else going? I'd be interested in meeting up for lunch, drinks, or to see how many times we can skip asphault chunks across the Hudson. ;)

BuffySquirrel said...

Having heard Susan Boyle sing that les miz song, I think she has talent. I also think she's utterly unprepared for what's being thrown at her.

What's on my mind? gah mostly bills

Cloudscudding said...

It was very nice to meet you in the dessert salon line at Wiscon!