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Slowly getting back into the saddle

Took some time today to review what I had written on the formerly sekrit project *grin* and decided the first two chapters held up pretty well, but the third one stank. So, I completely re-wrote it . . .

Well, part of it anyway. My first day back writing took me a bit longer than I thought it would, but like anything else, you have to build up your mental as well as physical stamina. Still, I added 1,396 words today which is 1,396 more than I wrote the past few months, except for a short story I wrote but never edited to my satisfaction over the summer.

Working on some Writer Beware projects, so that took some of my time this evening also. I enjoy doing Writer Beware stuff because I think it's my way of paying it forward, but it can be so depressing dissecting web pages of scammy publishers, well-meaning but clueless agents, poetry contests, etc. The worst thing is, every time there's a success, another six or seven seem to appear out of the shadows, trying to separate inexperienced (and sometimes experienced) writers from their hard-earned cash.

There's been an interesting thread at Absolute Write with a publisher that does subsidy publishing (charging $4000 to print books), but they also offer to print some people's books for free (if they buy enough of their first one, apparently) so they can trumpet how they're a "traditional publisher".

That, of course, ignores the fact that Publish America coined "traditional publisher" to separate itself from the other vanity publishers out there.

To top things off, the aforementioned publisher is posting a blog (heavily moderated) where he says "all authors pay to get published". There are discussions about how authors have to pay back advances if they don't sell enough (?) and if you get too big an advance, it takes longer before you see any royalties, so really, you're letting the publisher keep your royalties, which means you're paying to be published (????) and other bits of misinformation like that.

And, as usual, he's threatening to sue anyone and everyone who points out his company is a vanity operation.

Sometimes, I wonder how Ann and Vic have been doing this for so long. Sometimes it feels so disheartening.

Then, you read where someone actually googled their potential publisher and read about them on Writer Beware or Preditors and Editors or the Absolute Write forums and decided to hold out until a publisher paid them rather than the other way around.

And when you read that, you gird up your loins one more time and look for more smooth stones for your slingshot.

Round 2? *grin*

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Words for Today

1396 / 1000 words. 140% done!

Progress on Stargate SG-1: Shadows of the Heart

5119 / 100000 words. 5% done!

Words for 2008

161904 / 366000 words. 44% done!

Comments

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queenoftheskies
Oct. 21st, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
YAY for word meters!!!!

It's so good to see you back. :)
tybalt_quin
Oct. 21st, 2008 09:43 am (UTC)
There's been an interesting thread at Absolute Write with a publisher that does subsidy publishing (charging $4000 to print books), but they also offer to print some people's books for free (if they buy enough of their first one, apparently) so they can trumpet how they're a "traditional publisher".

Gah! I've been participating in the AW discussion (I go by Momento Mori on the boards) and for the first time ever I'm at the setting-fire-to-my-hair stage.

I don't know how you guys at Writer Beware stay sane for so long, but I tip my hat to all of you because you do an awesome job.
ghostbearmw
Oct. 21st, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
Whoa, heya stranger! Good to see you back.
( 3 howls — Howl with the Pack )

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