What’s New in Publishing Blogs This Week

April 4, 2008 at 7:32 am | Posted in Blogs, books, publishing, writing | 3 Comments
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Friday has quickly become the favorite day of the week around here – and not obviously because the weekend has nearly arrived.  No . . . it is our chance to share with you some of the blog posts  we found helpful in this week’s book and publishing blogs.  Here they are, in no particular order: 

The NY Times blog gives us the Seven Deadly Words of Book Reviewing showing us that not only writer’s overuse and misuse words, but the people who critique them do as well.  To view those Seven Deadly Words, click HERE.

On Agent in the Middle, Lori Perkins talks about published authors and the continued struggle for agent representation and publication, proving that life doesn’t become Easy Street after that first contract and what to do about it. For a post on PUBLISHED WRITERS WHO CAN’T GET AGENTS, click HERE.

How did they do it? Churchill, Gandhi, Beethoven — all of them accomplished amazing things with the same hours in the day as everyone else. Look at some hints to mirror their successes. For example, Author Tom Robbins schedules only 3 hours of writing at his desk per day. I walked away thinking, I can do that. For the 10 WAYS HISTORY’S FINEST KEPT THEIR FOCUS AT WORK, click on this post at the Life Dev blog HERE.

Time Management is a big topic for us at the Purple Hearts, so this next post really hit home. Jason Boog speaks with writer Jeff Gordinier about sneaking in places and times to write when the family, the house, the job and life in general can get in the way.  For advice on HOW TO WRITE A BOOK WITH A DAY JOB AND A FAMILY, click HERE.

Often we all have the tendency to stay within our comfort zones, and our life with software is no different.  Lifehacker helps you get to the next step of using Microsoft Windows. For advice on how to work in FULL SCREEN MODE, click HERE.

As bloggers begin selling their free work in book form, here’s one agent’s humorous look at the blog-to-book idea. Click HERE for Jenny Rappaport’s take from her blog, Lit Soup

Our last recommendation for the week is something we try to practice here at the Purple Hearts.  Life at times gets in the way, but it doesn’t have to disrupt your blogging schedule if you have a blog emergency plan.  To find out what we mean by that, click HERE to see if you are PREPARED FOR A BLOGGING EMERGENCY.

And there you have it. Another week of what we’ve found to be helpful from around the blog-o-sphere.  If you have any others you would like to share, please post them to our comments section.  We would love to see what resources helped get you through your writing week.

Until next time . . .  



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  1. Bear with me as I add a few more . . .
    I loved Jessica Faust’s post on Conference Etiquette. Very timely and helpful to hear it from the agent’s perspective.

  2. Something else I found helpful this week – a post on The Swivet on Novel Length and Word Count. Helpful stuff when putting together your wip and getting ready to query.

  3. And a post from Carly Phillips at the Plot Monkeys blog on taking care of yourself and feeding the well – something easily cast aside when dealing with the demands of work, family, and other life maintenance things.

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