Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Books, Stories, Bloggers and Stuff

From Morguefile
I quite like reading blogs that give news on what's flying about the web on literary matters. So today I'll give you some links I've found, a couple of which are controversial.

The first one's from ever-informative Nathan Bransford who is arguing that agents are normally on the author's side when it comes to dealing with publishers (but then Mr. Bransford comes across to me as a likeable, honest guy, so maybe I'm biased).

Here's another side of the publishing coin: Roz Morris is responding to a traditionally published author's snipe that indie authors have no right to help each other out (or at least that's how I read it).

Then two highly entertaining reads: The Guardian held a competition asking people to write the ending to the Harry Potter series on *****'s death (I won't write whose death, just in case you don't want a spoiler) in the style of different authors (I just loved the Terry Pratchett imitation). 

And finally, the Bulwer-Lytton contest - for the worst novel openings - winners for 2012 have been announced. Oh dear, the Purple Prose winner....

30 comments:

  1. Wouldn't want to win that contest!

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  2. Yum... cold cuts and peaches for supper, I think (both furry...)

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  3. Thanks for the links. I haven't had much time to surf on the net much so this makes it a bit easier. (: And I stopped by the Bulwer-Lytton contest site, so funny, had a good laugh! :D

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  4. Alex - I think they're made up. Ew, Julia :-)
    Glad you laughed Elise - I did too.

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  5. Thank you for the links!

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  6. Great links. I always love reading the worse novel openings.

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  7. WOW! Lots of stuff going on! Thanks for the links!

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  8. You're welcome Gina. They are funny Annalisa - one day I'm going to try and write one. Thanks Leigh!

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  9. Thanks for the roundup. Off to check one of them now.

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  10. Cool stuff! :)

    The contest about ******'s death reminds me of these alternative versions of The Lord of the Rings.

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  11. Thanks for the links. I love the way we all share such great info. Our community rocks!

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  12. Hi Susan .. I'll have to pop over to these - the Lord of the Rings thing .. I couldn't quite get my head into .. but perhaps then the little grey cells weren't so full of imagination!

    Cheers Hilary

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  13. Thanks JL. Oh I love that link GE. You're right Melissa, we do share stuff. Thanks Hilary!

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  14. I like those types of blog posts, too. So thanks for providing one today.

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  15. Thanks for sharing. I myself think it's fine for writers to help other writers, indie or not.

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  16. Interesting post and links. Why on earth shouldn't we help each other out? I help traditional and Indie authors. No snobbery in my world!

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  17. Thanks for the links. What's that about indie authors not allowed to help each other? How does that stack up then?

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  18. thanks for sharing :)

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  19. Pleasure Christine. Me too Susan - we can't always be trawling the internet for snippets so it's good when someone does it for you. Absolutely, Cynthia, Glynis and Rosalind - I'm a firm believer in authors helping other authors out, no matter who they are. Correct, Glynis - no snobbery in my world either.
    Hi Lynn!

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  20. I definitely wouldn't want to win that last contest . . the rest sound like fun reads!!!

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  21. Thanks for sharing. I think I'll check out the Purple Prose and hope I don't see something that looks like my first page.

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  22. LOL Tyrean - as long as your story doesn't start with "it was a dark stormy night" you'll be OK. It's always worrying, Jenn.

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  23. Fun snippets of other blogs. I love it when other bloggers highlight someone else. It certainly broadens my horizons. Thanks.

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  24. I use to follow the first blog all the time. The other two are new to me, so thanks for the links.

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  25. Self-published authors shouldn't help each other? Wow, that's harsh.

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  26. Traditionally published authors help each other out, so why can't self published author help other SPAs? I assume it's okay for TPA to help out SPA, and vice versa, right? :D

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  27. Thanks farawayeyes - I too like highlights. You're welcome Ciara. Diane and Stina - I can't believe either that author said that SPA (including small press published too, I presume) authors can't help each other out. It's bigotry, in my opinion.

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  28. Thanks for the links.
    A contest for the worst novel openings? My word! I never knew that existed.
    What's with the SPA-TPA conflict? Seems like there's a whole lot of unnecessary snobbery/bigotry going around in the publishing circles...

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  29. Hi Susan- just came over from Morgen's forum. I don't think I've visited you before, but I did the A-Z thing. Maybe it was a different list.

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