Writing Off Coffee.

In the thick of it. The story is coming thick and fast or not at all, and either way it is consuming. And then there’s work. So. Instead of a proper post, here is a list of cool links and videos worth watching:

You can never go wrong with Anne Lamott. Here she talks about being the peoples’s author. She’s not sure it’s true, but it seems that way to me. Head over to her FB page if you’re not already following her, and tell her she’s *your* author. You know, if she is.

And then there’s this from Lev Grossman. How he got published. It’s inspiring and depressing and inspiring. Gotta love Lev.

http://levgrossman.com/2010/06/how-i-got-published-by-lev-grossman-or-a-series-of-unfortunate-events/

And this from Neil Gaiman. Looks like maybe I will start going to conventions soon. Maybe the Wild Goose Festival, and meet Glennon Melton.

http://neil-gaiman.tumblr.com/post/19124047329/dear-neil-it-seems-every-time-i-read-a-story-about-how

And finally, here’s Farnam Street Blog on why everything I’m doing in my novel is important to my business. Whew.

http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2013/06/4-must-read-books-on-storytelling/

Headed to a client meeting… and then to a coffee shop to write in my novel. Because I can write that darn coffee off as a business expense, by gum.

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10 thoughts on “Writing Off Coffee.

  1. Thanks for sharing this. Loved this quote from the Grossman article on getting an agent: “This is probably the hardest and most important step. Once you have completed it you will have a shining, angelic being at your side in every fight. It is the last stage you’ll have to do alone.” That thing about doing it alone really got me. I was like . . . “wow, that kind of is how it felt, ‘I’m not alone anymore.’” ::sigh::

  2. Glad you enjoyed the Grossman link. I’m a huge fan of his blog (and his books–can’t wait for the new one next Spring)–he doesn’t post often (I’m working on him on that :D ), but when he does, it’s good. So much more human than many celebrity authors, and his back story is incredibly compelling and encouraging. He’s a prime example of someone who just frickin stuck with it and eventually it paid off.

    I’m not even close to looking for an agent… except insofar as my eyes are always on the future… so now I know what I have to look forward to when I finally find that perfect match. Thanks!

    • It helped that he wrote for TIME, a position he sort of lucked into. Can’t remember where he talked about that. Somewhere on his blog. Anyway, when getting an agent, “I write for TIME” helps.

      • Well, sure. And the fact that he went to school with someone who turned out to be a highly successful book agent and agreed to take on his book even though it wasn’t her genre.

        I still find it encouraging. Life is full of lucky breaks if you can just slog through all the years of unlucky breaks.

        Also, I didn’t know he wrote a book before Codex that flopped. Had no idea. I find that encouraging too. If my current book flops, doesn’t mean I can’t write another that might be successful. Even hugely successful.

        Nevertheless, I’m definitely putting “I write for TIME” on my agent resume. Do you think they’ll notice it isn’t true?

  3. Huh. Probably better grab it at $31. It’ll be $260 in a few years. And if it’s signed, look out. Did you click through to the price of a signed copy of To Kill a Mockingbird? Ten years ago it was $160 at a local bookstore. Now you’re talking tens of thousands of dollars. I’m telling you. Hang onto it.

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