Monday, May 07, 2007

Some News, but Mostly Trivia, Commentary and Stuff Gleaned From other Blogs.


[RWA] Suggested changes to the RITA and Golden Heart contests--courtesy of SB/TB.

[Time Warner plan] American readers might want to look into the "Time Warner plan" to make small magazine publishers pay more for postage than media behemoths. Protest site here, as mentioned by Naughty Words.

[Weird Weres] Mrs Giggles has brought this up in the past, now it is SB/TB. Time for someone to start an anthology for the oddest were-critters writers can dream up?

[Blogsquall] Some post-blogsquall discussion at Dynamic Trio.

[For Fun] --Not that it is funny, really. Ernest and Bertram, a tragic gay love story with muppets...

[One Thing I agree with Karen About] I’m not the only person who doesn’t understand what the Lotus Circle is about.

[Commenting on Reviews] Should you? Saskia Walker does, suggesting that reviewers shouldn't speculate about author intentions. In my own opinion (that being a thing of highly dubious value) responses beyond 'thank you' are still not a great idea.

[How to Make Money From E-books] Interesting stuff from Lena Matthews. As it happens I disagree. Do you need a website? It probably won't hurt but I don't think you do nor that "excerpts are a must", let alone that you should pay someone to run a site for you. IMHO you write, you choose the best possible publisher and all the rest is icing. But that's just me--I'm opinionated but I am also often totally and utterly incorrect.

[All That Vampire Chick Lit] I'm not the only one to notice.

2 comments:

Jules Jones said...

I'd say that a website is useful, and that if you have one it's a good idea to have some excerpts on it -- they give potential readers the opportunity to browse through a few pages as they would in a bookstore. Pay someone else to do it? Not really. If it's an ongoing maintenance thing rather than a one off design job, you can spend a *lot* of money on hiring a website designer, and end up with something no better than getting a standard template and doing it yourself.

Saskia Walker said...

[Commenting on Reviews] Should you? Saskia Walker does, suggesting that reviewers shouldn't speculate about author intentions.

Ooh, no. I was trying to quiz whether the reviewer should suggest the publisher told me what to write. I was trying to set the record straight for any writers who might be put off subbing to the line because they think that is the case.