Friday, June 8, 2012
Writers Learn from Pixar; Power Readers Invade BEA; Ways to Feed Pigs; Sarah Wendell Promotes Romance Authors in Wash Post
From Galleycat: "What writers can learn from Pixar."
#17: No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on – it’ll come back around to be useful later.
#18: You have to know yourself: the difference between doing your best & fussing. Story is testing, not refining.
#19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.
#20: Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d’you rearrange them into what you DO like?
Excellent piece; I enjoyed reading it.
From PW: BEA 2012: "The Power Readers Arrive"
The first attempt by BookExpo America show organizers to let the public into the event was, not surprisingly, something of a mixed bag. Interviews with so-called “power readers” who (mostly) paid their way into BEA Thursday found a group happy to be a part of the country’s most important book event. Publisher reaction, however, was more complicated.
Interesting. My friend who is an agent in NY tells me it's not worth going unless you have a specific reason to be there...or are required to be there as an industry professional. But I guess fun for some is different for others. Evidently, not all publishers were thrilled to see the public invited.
One anonymous publisher had a bad first try. “They stole books from our booth,” this publisher said. “They interrupted our meetings and were rude.”
So the truth comes out. Frankly, after working with the general public for fifteen years in my own art gallery, I'm inclined to believe this anonymous publisher speaks the truth.
From The Pig Site: "Finding Ways to Feed Pigs"
Among those indigenous breeds are Meishan pigs, which have been raised in China for many centuries. Dr Stein's hypothesis was that these pigs, which have not been selected for efficiency and rapid weight gain, would use fiber more efficiently than the white breeds.
I'm an animal lover; these things fascinate me. The article is spot on.
From The Washington Post: "E-Books Sizzle with Steamy Stories of Romance"
You won’t just find romance between the sheets . . . of a book. The country’s most popular genre in print was also one of the first to take e-reading by storm. Thousands are already enjoying romance novellas on their smartphones.
Although I'm not a romance author, I am interested in all things digital with regard to publishing. For those who don't know, Sarah Wendell is a romance reviewer/blogger, from a web site called Trashy and Smart Bitches...or something like that...and she's promoting her favorite books and authors in the piece. It's nice to see romance mentioned in the mainstream. If you can get past the trite cliches in the first paragraph without gagging, you might find something you'll enjoy reading.
Last but not least, this looks like it could be fun: "The Pig in the Pantry"
Rose Godfrey weaves together an delightful collection of stories about homeschooling life in this collection of essays adapted from her column, "Learning at Home."
From raising baby chicks in the kitchen to driving cross country with a van full of children to inviting friends over for Science Daze, the Godfreys have tried just about everything and lived to tell the tales.
Part slice-of-life, part try-this-at-home, The Pig in the Pantry and Other Homeschool Tales will inspire you and remind you that learning at home can be oh-so-fun.
Though I haven't read it, there are 20 customer reviews and they all look good. I know a few people homeschooling their kids. And I think it's a KDP book on Amazon. So if this is sort of thing interests you, please support an indie author who worked hard to get that book out for you. It's also part of the Kindle Lending library.