Monday’s Top 5

My first link today is a bit (lot) more self-serving than usual, so please don’t hate me.

If you follow Janice Hardy’s The Other Side of the Story, you’ll know that she has a great recurring column on Saturdays called Real Life Diagnostics. A few weeks ago, I submitted the opening 250 words of my WIP to her. This week, my excerpt was featured on her blog. I’ve had some really good and useful feedback so far. I’d love it if you would click over, have a read, and leave a comment either here or there. Thank you!

Moving on, there was a useful and amusing article on the Guide to Literary Agents blog. Jennifer Hillier wrote a great guest post titled What I Told My Family About Publishing. It starts: “Family members who’ve never tried to get a book published will likely not understand the magnitude of what you’re going through. They will try to be helpful by suggesting you head over to your local Barnes & Noble so you can show the manager your manuscript, which he’ll be sure to love.”

In these, the last days of Borders bookstores, there’s a lot of hype about how ‘this spells the end of bricks and mortar bookstores’ and ‘this is a sign of the rise and rise of ebooks’. But Publishing Perspectives posted a fabulous article debunking some of the rumours this week in their article Bad Decisions, Worse Luck: How Borders Blew It where they look at how Borders laid the foundation for their demise back in 2001, long before ebooks were even widely available, let alone a threat.

I also stumbled across K. Marie Criddle’s fabulous blog c‘mere! watcha doin? this week, and spent an inordinate time reading her post backlist, which is full of insights and humour about writing, art, motherhood, and life in general. Check out her most recent post: So long and thanks for the better mood.

Finally, check out the post There is a Price to Pay for Every Title on Great Stepparents Do Exist! to find out exactly what Stepfather had to do for a group of skateboarders to say, “You have the balls of a champion!” And, of course, what the price was…

(Yes, I know that’s 5 links already. I know. I may be a writer, but I can still count the number of fingers on one hand. But I can’t resist adding just one more link this week. I promise not to do it again. Probably.)

If you’ve got 10 minutes to spare, click over to Brian D. Buckley’s blog and have a read of his entry into Chuck Wendig’s Apocalypse-themed flash fiction competition. You’ll laugh, you’ll… laugh. Never has an apocalypse been so much fun as in Scissors With Running.


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4 responses to “Monday’s Top 5

  1. Interesting beginning. “Your shoes won’t have matched” really threw me, but I take your word that there’s a reason. I do (as you know, I guess) like nonrealistic elements (fantasy elements, for example) thrown in casually, because it shows that they are commonplace in the story. “Greg, a local troll,” for example. I agree, I want to meet this guy (also, a troll named “Greg” is an appealing idea).

    It might not be possible (without being awkward, which would be worse), but I always like to know the narrator’s name in first person writing. It helps me keep things clear in my mind.

    • Thanks for the comments. Yeah, I’m thinking the shoes line has to go. In my head, it’s awesome. But I don’t think reality quite stacks up. It was something that made more sense in an earlier draft of the story, but is a bit redundant now.

      I hear what you’re saying about the narrator’s name, and that’s something I often struggle with in first person. I try to introduce it as early as possible, but like you say, it can’t be awkward. I also like to think that if someone’s actually -bought- the book, they’ve read the jacket copy, which would like the character’s name. So waiting a few pages is less of a problem.

  2. The narrator being male vs female threw me a bit with the suit description (though I think that was because at the top, where the POV was mentioned it said Krystal so I automatically assumed female.) I agree about the shoes line too – I didn’t get it. But I am totaly hooked and would keep reading for sure!

    • Thanks, Jody. The best feedback ever is that you’d keep reading. 🙂 As I said to Anthony, I think I’m going to have to get rid of the shoes line. It’s much cooler in my head.

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