I'm not sure what exactly happened this week, except for the orchestra concert last night. I guess that put me in a different mindset. But at least I stayed on top of my homework, and I'm back focusing on my sleep habits, after failing a little while ago.
...Okay, I'll promise to have a post up on Monday.
Take the jump to see links to and commentary on great articles you might've missed this week!
Weekly Round-up: 4/12/13
Kristen Lamb: Let Them Eat Cake—The Slow Death of The Old Paradigm Author and LOVE Trumps Laws–A Final Rebuttal to Turow:
This is a response to a recent NY Times article on an author proclaiming "the slow death of the American author". Kristen thinks he's ignoring a major piece of the puzzle.
I'll throw a bone to you guys and say that my first article on YA Confidential is scheduled to go up next Thursday. One topic brushed upon/implied is how change happens and it's often irreversible. Sometimes, although change can be scary (and occasionally the wrong direction), apart of surviving change is to adapt and work with the other side--or they might decide to push you aside.
Also, piracy is covered here. Read these two articles.
Susan Kaye Quinn: Indie First?:
Here's another trad vs. indie article, with a peek at different viewpoints, including the "no one true way" position Chuck Wendig took. Of course, Ms. Quinn, having been successful with self-publishing, admits that she prefers indie.
Personally, traditional still has its uses, but I'll go with the "no one true way". An unpublished writer should take a look at all the different viewpoints before making a decision.
Veronica Sicoe: Triggers And Taboos In Fiction:
In fiction, one problem that I see every once in awhile is when a story handles a heavy subject wrongly. In at least one case, Forbidden Mind by Kimberly Kinrade, a few subjects are handled slightly.
One, pedophilia, seems to be handled too lightly, and seems to be more of a motivation catalyst. Another, child abuse, is something to darken the love interest's background. A third, forced pregnancy via medical means, seems to not have the emotional gravity intended. I guess part of it is the novel's short length and light-edgy tone.
But enough of that. In my opinion, it's better to leave a heavy subject out of a book than to include it and mishandle it.
The Digital Reader: France Plans to Digitize & Sell Out of Print Books, Including Works by Ellison, Silverberg, Le Guin, & More:
France got my attention because I'm learning French in school. An earlier article shared by The Passive Voice said that France's ebook industry is developing quite slowly, but this might give it a nudge.
There's the legal and ethical questions behind the government going in and digitalizing these ebooks, but I'm too tired to think about it.
This musical comparison is golden, since it's practically a case study..
I forgot about this article until I saw the headline while creating this post. I need to try out the power of hindsight to see if it helps with your motivation.
Yeah, secondary characters stealing the spotlight can be a danger.
Other Interesting Articles:
- Kristen Lamb: Les Edgerton Shows How to Write Amazing Dialogue–Part 2 AN EXERCISE:
- Copyblogger: How to Create Consistently Great Content for the Long Haul:
- Procrastinating Writers: A Clever Way To Give A Story Hidden Depth:
- How to Write Shop: 5 Common Problems in Your Young Adult Manuscript:
- Writer Unboxed: Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before Publishing a Book:
- Booktrust: The Writer and Money:
- Passive Productive: It’s Good to be Lazy, says 17-Year-Old Kid:
- Author Media: 100 Things for Authors To Tweet About:
- The Renegade Writer: How to Get Editors to Break Their Own Rules -- and Be Glad They Did:
- Don't pet me, I'm writing: Lessons in romance writing, courtesy of a 7yo:
- Ksenia Anske: Naming Your Novel:
- Writer Unboxed: Put That Banjo Down:
- AndiLit Mad Men: Social Critique or Entertainment?
- Utterances of an Overcrowded Mind: An Hour A Day - Setting Time Aside To Write:
- YA Highway: A Different Kind of Romantic Gesture:
- From the Write Angle: You Might Write New Adult If...:
- SCFW: Happily Ever After Disasters:
- Lifehacker: Treat Your Day As a Series of 15 Minute Blocks to Get More Done:
- Seeking the Write Life: Are Certain Genres Dead or Dying?:
- Go Teen Writers: Creating Authentic Emotional Moments in Fiction:
- Books & Such: Does Potential Matter?:
Have a nice weekend!