What I edit
I don’t know how many copyeditors work in just one genre (I suspect very few), but as far as my business (Arzooman Editorial Services) is concerned, I work in a variety of styles and genres.
I’m currently editing a non-fiction book about fighting diabetes, but the last book I worked on was fiction, a thriller about a serial killer. Read More
I named my blog “Write.Edit.Share.Repeat” because I wanted to encourage everyone to write, to make their work as perfect as they could, to share it with others (self-publish, if you can’t get a deal with a mainstream publisher), and then to keep going. When I tell people, “If you want to write, just write,” I mean it.
But everyone has limitations. I struggle with writing, myself, and more than half of the time I don’t like what has emerged on the paper or screen. You have to write, edit, revise, edit, revise. No book you see on a shelf in a bookstore was a first draft. Read More
Janet Evanovich, from her Amazon author page
Found at The Princeton Patch
Janet Evanovich on getting published later in life.
“(Author Janet) Evanovich is in an inspiration for middle-aged people who still have dreams to fulfill. She didn’t publish her first book until she was 47 and her first Plum mystery came when she was over 50. She started writing when she was in her mid 30s and it took 10 years before she got published.
“I think the real advantage to it is I really was able to experience a lot of different things and now I’m a successful writer,” she says. “I haven’t got a good sense of age. … most of the people my age are retired and I’m just peaking … I still have a lot of stuff to do.”
By slava (https://secure.flickr.com/photos/slava/496607907/) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
We were discussing the nature of creativity, and the persistence of negativity, and the ridiculousness of feeling like a fraud in the face of evidence to the contrary.
What is going on? Why does a person with a history as a writer declare, “I cannot write!” to a hopefully non-judgmental outside party? Read More
I’ve come across a blogging challenge that piqued my interest (thanks to Damyanti of Daily (w)rite, who led me to this). If you click on “Other blogs to visit” above, you’ll find a list of other writers participating in this challenge.
It’s called “Blogging from A to Z” and it’s a challenge, which starts on April 1, to blog on a topic starting with the corresponding letter of the alphabet.
From the blogger who started this, Arlee Bird of “Tossing it Out“: Read More
In Seth Godin‘s new book, The Icarus Deception, he writes that with the old way of doing things, most musicians (you can substitute writers or whatever type of art you do) did not have a chance of being heard. Most are not signed by a label. Of those lucky enough to be, 98% fail in the marketplace. Only 1/2% of the remaining 2% ever see a royalty check, Seth writes. (I don’t have a source for these figures, but it does seem in line with what I’ve heard about the record industry.)
He goes on: “A musician who sells two (two!) copies of a song on iTunes makes more money than she would have earned from a record label for selling an entire CD for seventeen dollars.
“There are more musicians making more money being heard by more people and earning more money than ever before.
“Now, multiply what happened to music by a million. Multiply it by consulting, coaching, and design. Multiply it by manufacturing, speaking, and non-profits. Multiply it by whatever it is you care enough to do.”
Again, since I focus on books, I’m substituting “writer” for “musician.” You may make money through a traditional publisher and some of them treat authors very well. But the world of self-publishing is yours (mine) waiting for you (me) to share your/my/our words.
In the first part of this blog I wrote about how I read (and I’m curious to hear about how other readers are reading these days).
Now I want to talk a little about what I read and how I make choices. Is how I decide how others decide? (Toss me a comment.)
On my reading list right now (ie, books I’ve started):
Ever since Amazon introduced its popular Kindle e-reader five years ago, pundits have assumed that the future of book publishing is digital. Opinions about the speed of the shift from page to screen have varied. But the consensus has been that digitization, having had its way with music and photographs and maps, would in due course have its way with books as well. By 2015, one media maven predicted a few years back, traditional books would be gone.
Half a decade into the e-book revolution, though, the prognosis for traditional books is suddenly looking brighter.
Click to read more: Never Mind E-Books: Why Print Books Are Here to Stay – WSJ.com—By NICHOLAS CARR