by Ari Marmell I can’t help noticing that an awful lot of these guest blogs are focused, in whole or in part, on the process of getting published. Finding an agent. Using an… Continue reading
Of all the landmarks in a writer’s life, nothing ever matches the first time someone tells you your work makes them want to vomit. For me it happened twenty minutes after I sent Dust, my first novel, as an e-query to the first of the long list of names I’d collected from the Agent Query website; I pressed the “send” button, my hand shaking with nerves, expecting to wait weeks or months to hear a word. Instead, a immediate terse reply: My sample chapters were “nauseating,” but they knew a tiny independent horror press who might like them. (The tiny horror press was indefinitely closed to submissions. Occasionally, I think the agent knew this in advance.)
As writers, we are constantly being inundated with advice, collective wisdom, and snapshots of other writers’ creative process. On any given day, the internet hands me several blog posts about writing, writers posting their daily word counts, writers obsessing over submission stats, and writers kibitzing over every imaginable aspect of craft, business, artistry, and process. Whether upbeat or despairing, these tweets, status updates, and posts give us a window into the writer’s life…and a guaranteed reason to worry we might be doing it all wrong ourselves.
By Kimberly J. Sabatini I’m going to talk to you about my basement. (Don’t role your eyes at me–even my kids will tell you that’s not a good idea.) Yes, I know I’m… Continue reading →