Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Linkspam!

For those of you who are already published, a quick and easy way to help promote your book.

For those of you who aren't published, a list of agents who should be on your radar.

If I had the money for it, I'd sign myself up for the critique serves or workshops provided by these folks. Seems like some really quality stuff that makes me wish that rich uncle I never knew I had would hurry up and die and leave me my millions.

However, some interesting takes by an agent about whether or not to hire outside freelance editors to perfect a book:
One of the cautions I have given to authors using editors is that you might need to be prepared to pay that editor not only for helping you with this book but also for helping with your next books. ...Your career is only as good as your last book, and if your hired editor was able to take your first book to a level that you aren’t sure you can do on your own, it’s very likely you’ll need to consider hiring that editor for each subsequent book. ... Now many of you will say that’s a small price to pay for publication, but is it really if it means paying out most of your advance to an editor? Certainly something you’ll probably need to consider.
The Man Booker award winners are described as "intensely readable." A comment like that is almost worth the prize itself. Almost. I mean, I ain't sneezing at no $88,700.

9 comments:

Vivian said...

Thanks for the links, Beth!

Sheri said...

I fell into a black hole of blogs... I read all your links - very informative - But I entirely lost track of time... anyone know what day it is?

Seriously, there is so much information out there, it could paralyze one from making any decisions at all!

beth said...

Any time, Vivian :)

Sheri--I totally understand! I am going to force myself to limit linkspam to only 5 links at a go...I just feel like there really is so much great info out there!

keri mikulski :) said...

Great links. :)

Tabitha said...

Great links! I really like what the agent says about hiring freelance editors. This business is really a constant learning process. I don't think any writer, even the best of the best, could say they know everything about it. Personally, that's what I like about it. :)

beth said...

Glad you all liked :)

Anonymous said...

Have you considered self publishing your blog? I found what I think is a new website, WorldWide Alliance of Writers, www.wwaow.com. What you get is 5 printed copies of your book and a listing on their ecommerce web site for $80. Not much is on there yet but nothing like being an early adopter...

beth said...

Cool! My first SPAM!

Might have to go to those annoying codes before comments, guys.

Gottawrite Girl said...

Very funny, blogging spam touting self-publishing! I am ok with my first book being astoundingly good : ) Even if it means having to scrounge creatively to get my second up to par. Such a quality problem that would be!