Catching up and links

So, seems like blog serendipity (or web word of mouth) made a couple of people talk about the same thing last week. Both Stephen and Colleen Doran pointed to the Cook Source editor bad behavior. Strange Writer Beware didn’t point to it too. It IS a scam if an editor steals your work and doesn’t pay you for it! Anyway, Barracuda Colleen (that’s Colleen Doran in her own words. She’s one of the strongest fighter in copyright protection on the internet) has more on the topic. So I’m copying Stephen’s title here:

Public Service Announcement: The Internet is Not Open Source

Yes, everything is copyrighted, even on this blog, even if it doesn’t say so on each post (but there is a small sign on the sidebar). So don’t steal.

To another topic: another dream agent as quit. Maybe this means I don’t need an agent after all! I think you all follow Nathan Bransford and have heard the news… so, what do you think? Still looking for an agent? I probably still will, with the historical novel. Please check agent Janet Kobobel Grand’s post on the future of publishing – including the comments…

To Rachelle Gardner’s question If you had to choose – being the prolific writer that I am, I choose #2! 😀

Now to Dean Wesley Smith (who had to take down 3 posts where he bashed an agent – and I think he was totally right, but I heard only his side of the story, haha!), he gives a crash course on small publishing (I’m soooo happy because after having spent years with courier, both when I was still writing in Italian and when I was writing screenplay, I had moved away from that crappy typewriter-like font and guess what? I now use Times New Roman 12 spacing 1,5! Yay! :-D) and kills another sacred cow of publishing (New York Big 6) with another great question:


Short answer: They don’t.

Long answer: They don’t and never will, even if the story is published by a traditional publisher.

The long answer is, well, longer. Go check it and take his test. For my part I can say that:

1) I have written over half a million words

2) I have paid my storytelling dues

3) I am still studying and learning (mostly because I switched languages, haha)

4) I’m not mailing work to because I don’t think they’d get it, not because I’m not ready. I’m not mainstream enough for them, so I guess self-publishing is better for me. It has been with comics and graphic novels (none of them would be out today if I hadn’t self-published), might work with the fantasy novels as well. We’ll see what happens next year!

Finally, a thought provoking post on Self Published Authors Lounge: Are you the best person to write your story idea? I most certainly can’t write it for you. So those people showing up saying “I have a great idea, would you write it for me?” I’d say “sorry, no”. I can’t even write fan-fiction! 😉

Have a nice week everyone!

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  1. It’s very true that we can never really tell if our writing is any good or not. We only find out when our readers tell us. And even then we can’t please everyone.

    I don’t follow Nathan Bransford’s blog (I’m probably the only person on the web who doesn’t) but I heard the news anyway. Interesting, isn’t it?



    • we must build the stamina to stand by our story and ideas. Otherwise we’ll be eternal rewriters and never have anything done. I’m working on that! 😉
      I like Nathan because he’s from my favorite west-coast town, San Francisco! 😉 I’m not a total follower, I don’t really read him regularly… but yeah, isn’t it interesting how even agents quit these days?
      It’s a brand new world… scary to explore, but we can overcome it and get published against all odds! And it’s easier than 10 years ago! 😀


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