Friday, April 18, 2014

A bit overwhelmed

There is a LOT going on right now, and most of it is good. But with work and other projects, this blog is going to have to take a backseat for a while. Keep up with me over on Beyond the Trope, though, and I'll be back here as regularly as possible.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Big and Small Life Choices

Every day we're faced with choices. Will I get up early, or sleep in until I have to go to work? Will I have coffee or tea with breakfast? Do I need to prep dinner in advance, or is there something I can throw together when I get home?

As a writer, the choices I have to make are changing almost as fast as the landscape of the publishing industry. That's one of the reasons I'm writing short stories for a couple of weeks before I jump back into my book. It's not just a chance to try to get my writing out into the world, it's a chance to sit back and look at the publishing industry and create something that SHOULD be able to find a home without worrying about whether or not the medium of publication will even be around in three years.

There are other choices to make, too. Like, should I stick with the genre I've been writing? Should I move to a different age-group? How should I approach publication?

I'm in a constant state of reevaluation, and if I hope to succeed in this industry, I need to stay aware of what's going on in the publishing world.

Of course, I can't obsess over the business side of things at this point in my career, but I need to keep an eye on what's happening out there.

What questions do you ask yourself every day? And how do those questions change as you evolve in your process?

Monday, April 07, 2014

The Challenge

[This post originally appeared on Beyond the Trope.]

My friend, Aaron, has been talking with me about this challenge that he found somewhere on the internet. It has to do with collecting "nos." Basically, that's the game. The person with the most rejections is the winner since getting a single "yes" is quite hard, but sticking it out through rejection after rejection is, in many ways, much harder. At least, that's how I'm reading the challenge.

At first, I didn't know how I felt about the challenge. And as someone who's gotten a surprisingly high amount of rejections lately, I didn't exactly know how to approach querying in a way that would lead to a "yes."

But I've accepted his challenge. And here's how I'm rewarding myself: I'm going to brew a barley wine and age it.

I've never attempted a touchy beer that has to stand up to time. And I'm still in the middle of "finding representation" in my writing career. So rather than dwelling on rejection letters, I'm going to give myself a reason to collect them. A reward for continually striving for that one "yes." I'm sitting somewhere over 200 rejections on three books and several short stories combined, so I'm going to brew this beer, age it until I reach 500 rejections, or until the release day of my first novel. Whichever comes first.

That's how I plan to move forward with Aaron's challenge, and while I'm doing all of this querying, I'm also going to continue pursuing education opportunities to improve my writing abilities.

So what do you think? Do you agree with the challenge? Do you have something to reward yourself with when you reach a certain amount of rejections? What about successes?

Friday, April 04, 2014

Charity of the Month: Paralyzed Veterans of America

PVA is one of the greatest organizations I've had the privilege to donate to. They're doing great things for vets who have lost limbs and/or mobility.

Our vets are important, and the ones whose lives are forever changed as a result of a tragedy on the battlefield deserve our support. Long-time readers of this blog will know how important the U.S. Military is to me, especially with friends and family who serve. These men and women are there for us when we need them, and if they get hurt serving this country, I believe it's important to take care of them in return.

So please head over to pva.org and help support our wounded vets.