#ROW80 Check-In and Reading Recs

Speaking of #, I just popped in to Twitter and learned that it’s #SampleSunday. Something to think about.

Meanwhile, on the updatey front, my ROW80 goals were:

  • Spend at least an hour a day, half an hour unplugged, actively working in the world of the Talent Chronicles, and
  • Write at least 3 scenes per week

Thanks to Kait and Andrew, who have both given me a lot of sounding board and idea generation time this week, I’ve spent TONS of time in my world, and it’s FINALLY starting to follow me around again! I’m spending my insomnia hours a bit more productively, and this morning I woke up thinking about the anthology short story I hope to write.

There are things out there that are scarier than the State Schools, people, and Andrew and Kait helped me give one of them a name. I also worked on the characterization stuff for that story quite a bit.

More importantly, I did accomplish three new scenes on Heroes ‘Til Curfew. I wrote stuff that made me smile, stuff that made my heart pound, and stuff that is so silly I will probably have to cut it. There is so much action planned from here to the end, with another battle scene coming up next. It seems fairly insurmountable to this Emo Queen, but I’m going to tackle it.

And now on to the…

Recommended Reading

A post which gave me many thoughts and inspiration…
…which Joe Konrath’s post do with regularity. If you’re not reading this blog, you just should. The post that grabbed me this week was this guest post by Jeremy Robinson who self-pubbed before being picked up by traditional publisher and continues to work both opportunities. His is an engaging story, and Joe’s comments before and after are good reading. (Obviously I subscribe to this one.)

If all you’ve ever read was Miss Snark…
If Miss Snark or some other internet harshness has been your only exposure to literary agents, I invite you to read this lovely post by Jenny Bent of The Bent Agency. (Found because maybe I’m looking, or just thinking, or just curious, and obviously non-committal.)

Cover Wars
Jenna Anderson was kind enough to add the cover of Heroes ‘Til Curfew to a roundup of covers she likes. This post includes a giveaway to a random commenter (ends Jan 31st), so you might want to check it out and say hi. (via @JAScribbles on Twitter)

For your viewing pleasure…
Here’s a video on the effects of Amazon rankings on author mood and factors which may affect your rankings: We Need To Talk About Your Amazon Sales Ranking…. There was another very funny video with an author reading her Amazon reviews that had references to Nicolas Sparks. I saw it a while back and I loved it. So funny. I cannot find it again, so if anyone knows the one I’m talking about, I would love to get the link. (via Dayner in comments at Zoe’s blog)

Marketing, Expectations, Disappointments
Zoe Winters speaks frankly about the dangers of high hopes and expectations in No Shortcut to Awesome. Those of you who are freaked out by the idea of marketing, or who feel you must spend time on the marketing at the expense of the writing or your personal life, she also offers the perspective of someone who experiments with two different pennames who markets them very differently. Is this really effective, or are we all just spinning our wheels? (via I was on IM with Z while she was working through some of these thoughts.)

More Konrath devotion
What I love–love love love–about reading A Newbies Guide to Publishing is that Joe Konrath tells us things that no one else does. He inspired so many writers to go indie by being one of the first (at least one of the first I’d seen) to be transparent about his sales figures and income from both his traditionally and independently published releases. Ever need a little motivation and spend hours surfing the internet trying to find out how much your advance might be when you sell this bitch? Yeah, good luck with that. There’s stuff people don’t talk about. Anyway, in this episode, Joe gives inside info about book-signings. If going indie makes you feel like you’ve given up the dream of doing signings in the bookstore, this may help you realize you probably haven’t given up much. Time Investment (via subscription)

Trends in Teen Fantasy
Are you writing about kids in a real life setting who have to deal with supernatural issues in addition to the complications of being a teen? Want to feel like you’re doing something right? Check out this article by Heather Fawcett on the Whispering Pine Press blog: Trends in YA Fantasy: Magic, Romance, and Reality Checks. (Found via Google Alert for “superhero romance”)

To the ROW80 crowd, have a great week. If you’re blog-hopping, here’s the linky.


Filed under Recs and Links, ROW80

20 responses to “#ROW80 Check-In and Reading Recs

  1. Glad Row80 is going so well 🙂

  2. I just started #ROW80 today (better late than never) and I’m happy to see all of the great progress from all of ya’ll! It is very encouraging.

    PS: On my blog always refer to JA Konrath and the Patron Saint of Indie Authors 🙂

  3. …sorry, I meant to say “as the” Patron Saint…I haven’t had a full cup of coffee yet!

  4. Claire Farrell

    I’m glad you’ve gotten back into it – it’s great you have people you can bounce ideas off. Hopefully next week goes well too.

  5. Claire

    Gosh, I love that post by Jenny Bent. If my mood is just so, it’ll make me tear up. Congrats on getting your brain more fully into Talent mode! 😀

    • Thank you! Although I did a lot of work in Fairview this week, I’ve got a new Talent braindoll playset I’ve been messing with, so the trick will be to remember to play with the Fairview set too.

  6. Sounds like you’re making good progress…for me, not so much due to an unexpected back flare-up.

    I did work for awhile today, though, as I am slowly improving.

  7. Glad you found your way back into your world. Looks like you’re poised for a great February!

  8. Thanks for the shout out, Susan! 🙂

  9. looks like a good week and you’re on track – good vibes for next week

  10. Glad to hear you’re feeling positive about the writing–and glad to hear you’re spending lots of time in the Talent world. I’ve already read Hush Money twice… *hint hint* 😉

    And great recommendations for reading. Thanks for spending the time to send us to helpful places. You’re awesome.

  11. That’s great that you spent time in your world this week. That’s what you have to do to get into the writing frame of mind. It’s almost like you step through some portal into a world that’s totally different from the real one. You’re going to get that book done!

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