Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dreaming

Today I got home from taking the boys to school and sat down to write -- or rather procrastinate -- and I was catching up on some of the blogs I follow. Carrie Ryan, author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth (which is fantastic, if you haven't read it yet RUN to the bookstore and buy it) posted this link on her blog.

Some days, okay most days, I don't feel like I'll make it as a writer. Between four kids, one of whom is autistic, dealing with Crohn's disease, and working on my Master's, I have so little time to write. Not to mention the industry is tanking and the steady stream of rejections for the short stories I'm sending out. Sometimes I wonder if it's worth it.

But then I see someone like Susan Boyle, and I think I have to at least try. Who knows, maybe I'll be the one everyone is laughing at, until they open my book. I'll never know unless I try.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

New Links

I've added some great new links to the blog. First, there are links to Writer Beware & Preditors and Editors. Both are great sites that help writers avoid people trying to take advantage of them (I know, shocking.) The best thing to remember when dealing with potential agents or editors is that Money Flows to the Author. NOT the other way around. Do not pay for an agent. They are paid AFTER they sell your work. If an agent asks for money up front, RUN!

The second link is to Duotrope. This is a GREAT site to research short story (and other) submissions. Not only can you research different literary journals, but you can track your submissions on the site. I've been on there submitting almost every day since some friends told me about it. Check it out, and start sending your stuff out!