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Friday, April 30, 2010

A resource for Self-Publishing

It is no secret that getting published is more difficult than ever. With more and more authors clamoring at the gates, and fewer and fewer gates to pass through, the odds of becoming published are starting to look a little like the odds of getting hit by a plane while jogging on a beach.

Partly out of frustration with the normal channels of publication many authors have taken to the booming business of self-publishing. While self-publishing can seem enormously daunting to a new writer, the Self-Publishing Review offers tons of resources for those who wish to take their output into their own hands and storm the walls from the outside.

I will be posting a more lengthy piece about self-publishing in the near future, but for now check out the website and let me know if you find it helpful.

You can view the Self-Publishing Review here.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The National

My wife recently came back from a trip to NYC and was raving about this band she'd heard called The National. Now, I wasn't all that interested in these guys until about two days ago when I read this awesome article in the New York Times about the guys and their intense work ethic. The part that really hit hardest with me is that they are all in their mid-to-late-thirties with wives and children and yet they found the time to create a very great rock band.

Part of the mission of this blog is to give voice to the frustrations and joys and difficulties of being an artist while simultaneously raising a family and working and going to school, etc. Juggling all these things is hard and I appreciate it when I hear of, or meet, someone who is creating something beautiful despite the cacophony of responsibilities ringing in their ears.

So, check out the article and then visit The National's website. These guys deserve what they get.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Dune: As if the story wasn't complicated enough

Here's a really interesting article from the LA Times about the long, tortured path Frank Herbert's masterpiece Dune took to fame and fortune. Well worth the read whether you are a fan of Herbert's work or not, because the article explains a little how works of fiction "become" literary masterpieces and the machinations that are required to make such a transposition take place.

You can read the article here.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cornbread and Swamp Pop

By Jenny Ortiz


You think about a person long enough, they’re bound to show up in your life. By that logic, I should be in a bar dancing with Sam Trammell to a C.C. Adcock song: gritty voice, lusty lyrics, and a guitar solo long enough for my body to shimmy up real close to Sam Trammell’s. My hand should feel the back of Sam Trammell’s shirt, damp from the sweat.

One thing is right: I’m at a bar. I’m taking orders at a place right outside New Orleans at the only place around here that plays Bon Jovi twenty four hours straight. This could be why we don’t have much clientele, or because we’re the only place that sells frozen food. Only reason we get by is cause we sell good cheap beer.

It’s a temporary job. A month from now, I’m likely to be in Arizona, Colorado, hell I could be back home in New York. For now, the pay is decent, the customers who do come in are pretty generous with their tips, and the breaks come with free food and nobody looking for you.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Excellent Writing Resource

The Millions has a running Q and A section titled "Ask A Book Question" in which readers ask questions about writing and publishing and the editors of The Millions answer as best they can. The link below is for the most recent question about what resources writers can use to find markets for their writing, but considering this is Book Question #78, I assume there is a treasure trove of info here for the aspiring author.

You can find the answer to the above question here.