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Rejection Letters . . .

For Your Information

Rejection Letters: The Publishers Who Got It Embarrassingly Wrong . . . By Alice Vincent – The Huffington Post –

A Novelist Turns Himself In – By Thomas Mullen – Huffington Post –

Every writer’s nightmare – By Mark Mason – Spectator Book Club –

3 Simple Ways to Turn Your Website into Profitable Books and eBooks – By Joel Friedlander – copyblogger –

The Best Way to Network: Serving People – By Jeff Goins –

What Can Stop Your Career From Ever Starting – By Emily Latham – For Jane Friedman –

Stories in your pocket: how to write flash fiction – By David Gaffney – the guardian –

From Writer to Author to Publisher to Marketer – By Joel Friedlander – The Book Designer –

The real threat to (big time) book publishing – By Seth Godin – The Domino Project –

‘Bachelor Firemen’ romance novel ignites career of Harvard educated Homer writer – By Michael Armstrong – The Republic –

The Millionaire Author’s Club – By Carl Wilkinson – The Telegraph –

4 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Book Marketing Efforts – By Jane Friedman –

Editing Clauses in Publishing Contracts: How to Protect Yourself – By Victoria Strauss – Writer Beware –

How to Get Your Blog Back On Track – By James – Men With Pens –

Blog Better by Slowing Down – by Timo Klander – For Problogger –

Hard work on the right things – By Seth Godin –

Are You Trying to Create an “Impossible” Book? – By Joel Friedlander – The Book Designer –

Contracts – by Anna Elliott – Writer Unboxed –

6 Cozy Cocoons to Retreat From The World – by Ana Lisa Alperovich – inhabitat –


Quote(s) of the Day

“I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all.” – Richard Wright


The Minimalist Secret . . .

For Your Information

The Minimalist Secret to Productive Writing – By Jeff Goins –

When is a Dodgy Publisher Like a Stopped Clock? – By Victoria Strauss – Writer Beware –

How to Finish Your Novel When You Want to Quit – By Joe Bunting – The Write Practice –

Have a .com web address? Know the Legal risks – By Vikram Kumar – The National Business Review –

Nickelodeon Heads to Random House – By Karen Raugust – Publisher Weekly –

5 Ways to Get More Traffic with Content Marketing – By Sonia Simone – copyblogger –

Struggle Is a Sure Sign You’re Creating Art – By Jeff Goins –

How to Get Media Coverage for Your Book – By Ken Brosky – For Jane Friedman –

Publishing Industry Terms and Contracts: Some Resources, and Some Advice – By Victoria Strauss – Writer Beware –

Get More Comments: Know Which Posts Make Readers Talk – By Caz Makepeace – For Problogger –

The ironic truth about sincerity – By Seth Godin –

6 Amazing Works of Art Made Using Recycled Books! – by Diane Pham – inhabitat –

‘The Hunger Games’ spotlight highlights Asheville’s Young Adult writers – by cmotsinger – Citizen-Times –

Chinese writers’ group sues Apple reports state media – By Euronews –


Quote(s) of the Day

“If books require no thought from those who read them, then they have made no demand upon those who wrote them.” – Charles Caleb Colton

Charles Dickens . . .

For Your Information

Charles Dickens: Six things he gave the modern world – By Alex Hudson – BBC New Magazine –

Publisher Alert: Arvo Basim Yayin of Turkey – By Victoria Strauss – Writer Beware Blog –

Author Blogging 101: Blog Analytics – By Joel Friedlander – The Book Designer –

The difference between a failure and a mistake – By Seth Godin –

6 Steps to a loyal blog following – By Shari Lopatin – Problogger –

The Pippi Longstocking Guide to Freelance Writing Success – By Make a Living Writing –

Story Narrated Through Brilliantly Executed Animated Video – By E-Junkie.Info –

What is Your Novel Missing? – By The Writers Alley –

AP Stylebook’s New Tool Automatically Edits Your Writing – By Brian Anthony Hermandez – Mashable Tech –



 Quote(s) of the Day

“There are lots of people who give their all and have that inner glow on – it’s a shame that majority of them are under 7 years old.” Esa Saarinen




Writing Contest

Engine Books Novel Prize – Deadline March 10, 2012 –

Can you edit too much?

Perfectionism is something to strive for, but when does perfectionism become an obsession – a fear of your work never being good enough, always thinking you can do better.

During the process of a final edit on one of the first articles that I was having published, I had to ask myself, when would ‘enough be enough’.

At the time, I found the question difficult to answer. Now, I know it is different for everyone and different for each piece of work.

Back then, I realized that a more appropriate question to ask myself was, am I stalling because of my fear of failure, or is my work truly unfinished, needing more editing?

Saying, I’m finished, meant there was no more reason to hold back, nothing from stopping me to submit my work and perhaps face a rejection. At some point, I needed to take the next step, but I never thought that that step would be so difficult.

I remember the day that I finally said, “This is it! Today, I’m going to submit it.” I literally had to force myself to go through each step. And once I had it submitted, I fretted the entire time, waiting to hear back from the magazine editor if it was good enough.

Everything turned out fine. He loved the article, and two months later, I saw my article in print on the shelves.

With each publication, the feeling became more clear as to when I was satisfied enough with my work to submit it. I still question every piece I write as to whether it is good enough.

Just recently, I finished my first novel for publication. The experience was more intimidating, but I know that there comes a point where I need to move on and be satisfied with my work – I need to take that step of courage.