Any writers?

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  1. AmateisGal

    AmateisGal I'll Lock Up

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    PM sent. :D
     
  2. Harp

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    :eek:fftopic:
    John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath journal is most instructive; best read with a po'boy sandwich, egg coffee and grits. :)
     
  3. It's going to be a pins and needles weekend. Sent out an email query this early a.m. and within an hour received a request for a full. And this was from a publisher!

    Here's something else I've learned: send email queries out before working hours. Like everyone else, agents get up, make coffee, and check their mail before heading out the door. If your query happens to strike their fancy, they're going to reply before leaving.

    Regards,

    Jack
     
  4. AmateisGal

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    Awesome, Jack! :eusa_clap
     
  5. AmateisGal

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    Now that sounds interesting!

    ETA: Found this in my local library (which is right down the block from where I work) and am going to get it this afternoon.
     
  6. LocktownDog

    LocktownDog Call Me a Cab

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    I have a friend who is just about finished with a children's book and another friend is illustrating it. But they're completely lost in even beginning the search for a publisher.

    Any tips?

    Thanks.
     
  7. AmateisGal

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    Yes. Send them here: http://www.scbwi.org/

    The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Everything they need to know should be here!
     
  8. Fletch

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    Most are probably frustrated writers themselves. They need to be in the business because it's all they can do or care about. But that doesn't guarantee a healthy attitude - in fact it's such a thankless business, it just has to create a lot of blasé, cynical survivors.
     
  9. Undertow

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    :eek: :eusa_clap Good God man, good luck!!
     
  10. LocktownDog

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    Will do. Thanks!
     
  11. Harp

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    And a po'boy, egg java and grits? ;)
     
  12. AmateisGal

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    Will a bowl of Crispix do? ;)
     
  13. Harp

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    ...only in a dusty bowl. ;) (couldn't resist) :)

    Ralph Ellison's Going To The Territory; and, Shadow and Act also trace
    Oklahoma migration from an author's perspective. Ellison served as a merchant
    marine during the Second World War and his formative essays are as thought
    provoking as Invisible Man.
     
  14. Undertow

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    ...spent 11 hours Saturday writing a synopsis for my book...

    ...hoping I never have to do that again...until the next time... :eusa_doh:
     
  15. AmateisGal

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    OHHHH. I HATE writing the synopsis! Most painful, dreadful part of writing, IMO.
     
  16. Undertow

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    I know. At first I thought, "No big deal, this should be simple." lol :eusa_doh:

    I started writing around noon, giving myself a few hours to finish.

    Then the sun fell. My girlfriend was yelling about something, food I think, but I don't remember. The owls started hooting, and the creepy critters were crawling about. Then around midnight I pushed the save button, followed by some CTRL+V's, send, and then closed out.

    God, my head hurts just thinking about. shakeshead
     
  17. Ugh, I HATED writing a five-page synopsis. I think it took me days. Really, no writer should have to go through that agony.
     
  18. Fletch

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    It's striking me what writing is, after all these years. Writing is depression. It's active hopelessness, with no cure but endurance. It is never a benign process, and it is rarely therapeutic.

    If you do it right, it's slavery - willing slavery to a critic who cares nothing about you - because he IS you. There's no tuning him out, no negotiating with him, and no winning until he's satisfied. Even then, the victories are small and seldom.

    What do you think?
     
  19. Some anguish, I would say, but not depression. For me, anyway, as I write comedy. Early on, I learned to stand back from my characters. Their depression, anguish, problems is/are not my depression, anguish, problems, etc. Indeed, I really don't trust writers who write 'to get something off their chest'. I don't believe writing should be cathartic for the writer, though the characters should undergo a catharsis. I know that's a skewed way of looking at the craft, but there it is.
     
  20. Fletch

    Fletch I'll Lock Up

    Craft is another good word for it. Maybe a softer one, but in my understanding, maybe not.

    To me a craft is something where, if you're going to learn it and do it right, you have to put aside your reasons and devote yourself entirely to process until that process is mastered - and the next, and the next.

    Craft is an exquisitely ruthless form of delayed gratification. If you love something, let it go - and work like hell on something else. It's as if you have to turn off your heart.
     

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