NaNoWriMo Advice abounds!

Several of us Pendragon Variety ladies are writing all the words for National Novel Writing Month, and if you’re striving alongside us, you’re about to enter week three, where many of us face a slump in word output. Maybe you’ve run through most of your outline and about to type “the end” at 20k. Maybe you’ve got loads of scenes left to write but the characters have gone left when you said right, or maybe it’s your energy that’s run off and real life is banging on your door.

Remember that NaNoWriMo is about enjoying the writing community and pushing yourself to make progress on that draft and possibly (gasp) learn things about how you write and/or why this story is/is not working for you.

Personally, I (Michelle) am working on a third book in a series and am struck once again by how many #$%@ing scenes there are to write and rewrite and notes here and timelines there and omg. One month will never be enough, but the concentrated output will give me a draft to work with and allow my brain to hyper-focus on this impossibly long thing. I’m definitely at the point in #NaNoWriMo where I feel like no matter how many words I write, there are so many left.

But never fear! NaNoWriMo offers a unique opportunity to commiserate with other writers. Advice abounds! So sit back for a moment and read something encouraging, connect with us on, twitter, and facebook, and go ahead and complain (or boast!) a little.

Cheers! And keep at it!

Listen to Abigail Hilton’s NaNoWriMo advice Here

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Rebekkah Niles’ publishing news covering 9/5-9/23/2016 talks about Google Play Books, Publishers Weekly, QueryTracker and more.



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‘Things I Know To Be True’ Wins 2017 Pushcart Prize

Kendra Fortmeyer’s “Things I know to be True” has won the 2017 Pushcart Prize!

Ms. Ristuccia has mentioned Fortmeyer on her blog before for her quality short fiction, and we are happy to welcome Fortmeyer to the PV Network. What better welcome than to highlight her recent award?

You can read an excerpt of ‘Things I Know To Be True,’ or purchase a copy of the stor, here, or share your thoughts about the piece on Goodreads.

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Appearance: Oak City Comicon

Michelle Ristuccia will be at Oak City Comicon this Saturday the 16th, signing her science fiction chapbook, Premeditations! Stop by from 10am to 12pm to catch her at the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation‘s vendor table at Oak City Comicon.

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#PREMEDITATIONS on Goodreads – Call for Reviews

My chapbook PREMEDITATIONS now has an [ Amazon ] page, a [ Goodreads ] page, in addition to its page at Folded Word where you can still get multi-pack discounts. We’d love to hear your opinion.

Have a question or comment about PREMEDITATIONS? Visit the Goodreads discussion thread!
Don’t forget to leave a review on Amazon  ] and on [ Goodreads ]. Thank you!

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Publishing Industry News

This week’s publishing news and industry blogs covers 12/19/2015-1/1/2016. Happy New Year!

And yes, after a little rest and recovery, I’m back on my feet and ready to catch you up with what’s been going on while you were celebrating.

Publishing News

The Authors Guild petitions the Supreme Court to hear the DOJ vs Apple case. Meanwhile, the DOJ petitions the Supreme court to turn down the case.

Shelfie is now also offering audio book editions for those who own print editions of certain books.

Industry Blogs

Writers and agents speculate on the coming year and reflect on the last year. Jim Hines. Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Janet Reid. Nephele Tempest.

A reflection on 10 years of graphic novel publishing from Publishers Weekly, interview-style with several industry professionals.

Agent Janet Reid answers questions and gives advice. How do agents feel about present tense? (Write well enough that the agent doesn’t notice the writing.) What’s the best thing to do with a lightly shopped but rejected manuscript: give it up and work on the next, self-publish, try for a new agent, or keep shopping it on your own? (It depends on what you want most.) If you’re writing in English but based outside the US, can you get published in the US? (Yes; you don’t have to mention in your query that you don’t live in the US.)

More from Reid: a spreadsheet of her recommended books on the craft of writing. An agent you’d like to work with has an assistant read your work and the assistant sends an R&R, but you disagree with their comments: what do you do? Remember that even your author bio is important promo; make every word you write good. Also, yes, cleaning up your website and writing your author bio is your job, not a traditional publisher’s: the difference between promotion and marketing. And some advice on the timing of promotion.

On the Futuristic, Fantasy, and Paranormal blog, 5 social media myths are busted.

And on Writers Write, the benefits of reading!

Seems like most people were out celebrating the holidays, so not too much this time around. What other major publishing news have you encountered in the past two weeks?

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This week’s publishing news and industry blogs post covers 12/5-12/18/2015. Here’s all the publishing news that happened while you were busy gearing up for Star Wars! Fair warning, it was pretty busy in the publishing world, too.

Publishing News

Publishers Weekly reports that some supply issues at Amazon have caused a backlog of some titles, impacting sales for several small and indie publishers.

Retailers reacted to the new provision on the Customs Reauthorization Act–a provision that, unrelated to the main subject matter of the bill, removes the possibility of taxing online purchases (called the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, guaranteeing sales tax can’t be collected on Internet purchases). The language was later removed, but an Internet Tax Freedom Act (not permanent) was passed as a part of the federal spending package, which basically extends the status quo of no sales tax on the Internet.

Seven amicus briefs have been filed in support of encouraging the Supreme Court to review the Apple vs the DOJ price-fixing case, each arguing Apple should not have been found liable. The DOJ has until Jan 4, 2016, to file a responding brief of opposition.

The lawsuit against the JD Salinger Literary Trust has been dropped after the case was transferred to the home state of Salinger’s widow, New Hampshire. The suit alleged the trust of interfering with the Devault-Graves Agency’s attempts to license foreign editions of Salinger stories that have lapsed into the public domain in the US, but that aren’t necessarily public domain yet by the laws of the foreign countries where they were to be sold.

The Book Industry Study Group adds 512 new categories to the subject headings list, improving particularly how young adult titles can be classified by separating young adult from juvenile.

Smashwords expands its global distribution by signing new e-book agreements with worldwide e-book retailers.

Ingram acquires a new service that allows publishers, retailers, and authors to sell and produce print and e-books directly through their own websites, social networks, and blogs.

Books-A-Million finalizes it privatization with Clyde B Anderson acquiring the company. Shareholders are entitled to $3.25 per share.

Author Peter Beagle sues Conlan Press on the grounds of elder abuse, defamation, and fraud. Author Jim Hines gives his take on the Peter Beagle vs Conlan Press lawsuit, filled with lots of additional links to further reading material, showing his support of Beagle. (Couldn’t find much about this one online elsewhere. Thanks to Aritê gunê Akasa for the link!)

In Britain, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals campaigns for British politicians to stop closing libraries and start taking care of those that are left.

Industry Blogs

Victoria Strauss on Writer Beware posts a success story about the Neoverse Short Story Writing Competition, in which the new, small-publisher sponsor listened to criticism about and requested feedback on the rules, and then re-wrote them to make them more fair to the authors.

On the other hand, again on Writer Beware, Strauss notices that a different publisher, Almond Press, responds to criticism of the less-than-ideal rules of its own contest by giving one-star reviews to all her books.

Agent Nephele Tempest posts Friday Links for 12/04 and 12/11 and 12/18. Check out 12/4 for a link to some short story competitions.

Agent Kristin Nelson shares her #2 reason for passing on queries even if the writing is good: stakes aren’t high enough. She also gives a couple of tips for what to do with your manuscript after NaNoWriMo.

Agent Jessica Faust weighs in on self-publishing: as long as you’re shopping a book that hasn’t been self-published yet, having an established self-publishing career won’t hurt you anymore–but it won’t necessarily help you, either. She then expands on why she won’t shop a book that has already been self-published.

Agent Janet Reid answers questions and offers advice. She explains why she thinks authors shouldn’t use italics, especially for more than one word at a time. And she explains when you shouldn’t write your query like a dust jacket.

QueryTracker answers the very important question of when to give up querying (or at least take a break).

On the Futuristic, Fantasy, and Paranormal blog, how to keep mythology fresh in a modern setting, even when everyone else is writing contemporary-set mythology. And why an author newsletter is a must-have for marketing.

Author Nathan Bransford offers the Past Few Weeks in Books for 12/14.

Author Kristine Kathryn Rusch muses on thinking of your writing as a gamble, and why that’s a terrible plan.

On the Boston Globe, an article about how dead authors’ books are enormously popular right now.

A look at the anatomy of modern romance covers (published in November).

A digital subscription service, Playster, goes live in the US, offering access to media content including (but not limited to) music, books, films, and video games.

What other major publishing news have you encountered in the past two weeks?

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