Thursday, June 30, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
- Gotten an agent.
- Signed with a publisher.
- Requeried Janet and gotten a request from her.
Monday, June 20, 2011
- Entries don't open until 6pm tonight, Monday June 20th.
- Entries close tomorrow, Tuesday June 21, at 6pm.
- 100 words or fewer.
- This sentence must be the final sentence in your story: I felt sorry, after that, but still I couldn't bring myself to cross the room.
- It must be a story.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The problem with ebook illiteracy is circular and (at least) twofold:
- If you don't know what the steps of the process are, it's incredibly easy to get taken advantage of.
- There's a "shut-off" reaction to a lot of things Information Technology. The thought is "There's no way I will understand this." So then you never do.
Over a year ago, I literally didn't know what an HTML tag was (and if you're like "What the heck is that?" that's OK--you don't have to know; that's not the point of this post). It took me 60 hours to code my first ebook (now it takes me...significantly less). Somehow (Youtube and w3schools.com) I figured it out, and if that's the case then you certainly could too. If nothing else, you will definitely understand what I'm about to tell you. And it's in your best interest to know.
- Is the book available in a .doc format? If not, it needs to be. If yes, go to #2.
- Convert the Word doc into an HTML file and, in an HTML editor (not Word), do your formatting.
- Convert the coded HTML file into a .mobi file and a .epub file.
- Monitor your sales and royalties.
- Market (we don't have to get in to that here, but for godssakes don't forget it needs to be done!.
- Ask to see some books they've done to get a sense of their skill level.
- Be sure to sign something (both of you) that states what formats they will convert to (they should do both .mobi and .epub for you) and set a deadline.
- Make sure they're going to deliver you the files without claiming ownership of any "design" (there shouldn't be any if we're talking straight conversion) or content. This must be explicitly stated in the agreement!
- Don't be afraid to lobby for a payment schedule so you're not paying it all up front and to keep the freelancer on deadline. 1/2 on signing, 1/2 on delivery would be a standard way to divide it.
Be careful, authors. Do research, and take your time. There is so much more to the process--more nuances and anomalies that I could write coherently here.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
I'm officially opening to queries here at Lowenstein Associates. Here's what I'm looking for:
Meredith is interested in a wide range of engaging fiction for all ages, including literary fiction, women’s fiction, thrillers and crime. She is open to science fiction and fantasy that has something new to offer the genres. ENDER’S GAME is her favorite book, so we’ll leave it at that. She does not represent early readers or children’s picture books. Nor does she like children, particularly.
For both nonfiction and fiction, Meredith considers more than just the print possibilities. Projects that lend themselves to apps, enhanced ebooks, and other fresh ways to tell stories are especially appealing.
You can find info on how and where to query on the "Query" tab. Because I'm big on that logic stuff.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
"There's no such thing as the contemporary novel. Before I seem the complete reactionary, let me add that I've happily joined in many discussions about 'the contemporary novel' where what that usually, unproblematically means is novels that have appeared recently or may appear soon. But the novel that's contemporary in the sense of being wholly 'of now' is an impossibility, if only because novels may take years to write, so the 'now' with which they begin will be defunct by the time they're finished. Nonetheless, the idea of the novel that's wholly of now persists. There's an undeniable thrill in seeing what's most current in our lives offered back to us in fictional guise, but it soon dates and it's never enough."