The Journal: The Becoming A Writer Mentorships

In today’s Journal * Topic: The Becoming A Writer Mentorships * Of Interest * The Numbers Topic: The Becoming A Writer Mentorships First, an update: The mentorships came together more quickly than I expected. They went live this morning. But I decided to post some of my working notes on the Becoming A Writer mentorships because they make for a good topic. There are many more topics in the actual mentorships than are shown here. You can view the complete mentorships by clicking https://harveystanbrough.com/mentorships/ (it costs nothing to look) and then choosing one link or the other. I’m glad it’s … Read more

The Journal: A Cat Picture

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * A Little More on Censorship * A Breath of Fresh Air (and Cat Shoulders) * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel sh*t from a sitting position.” Stephen King “I wish that future novelists would reject the pressure to write for the betterment of society. Art is not media. … We need characters in novels to be bree to range into … Read more

The Journal: A Short Post Today

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * A Short Post Today * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “I distrust plot for two reasons: first, because our lives are largely plotless, even when you add in all our reasonable precautions and careful planning; and second, because I believe plotting and the spontaneity of real creation aren’t compatible.” Stephen King “I started trying to write a short story for Amanda [Palmer] … about what it was like to be me when I was 7, and it just kept going. And it turned into a book called … Read more

The Journal: Great Advice from DWS

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Dean’s current and previous posts * Meanwhile * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “[T]he advantage of writing 40,000 word novels. Readers can read them faster.” Dean Wesley Smith “[Fiction] implies the action of making, or rather, giving form. It is not inventing something that is not true, but giving shape to something that was already there.” Valeria Luiselli, Mexican author Well, I’m gonna add Dean’s current and previous post to my writers resources pages on my main website. Great, great stuff. The first post in today’s “Of … Read more

The Journal: Not Much Today

In today’s Journal * Not Mucn Today * I almost wrote a topic * Of Interest * The Numbers Not Mucn Today I’m publishing this issue of the Journal mostly to get the “Of Interest” items below out to you. I almost wrote a topic for this one, which I would have titled “Get Your Facts Straight.” It was the result of reading a pure puff-piece I read on the Authors Publish blog. The article was ostensibly about whether self-publishing was a good idea. The upshot of the article was “self-publishing isn’t for everyone, but when it is done right, … Read more

The Journal: I love a good argument

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * I love a good argument * Of Interest * The Numbers I love a good argument, and I have two to report today. Re a point made in the first item in “Of Interest” today, I am an indie publisher, and I don’t believe traditional publishers make the lion’s share of book sales. The author of the article points out (correctly) that “The majority of the cover price of a book goes to the retailer—the book store—and the distributor.” I agree. The assertion is indisputable. So I would never say the … Read more

The Journal: Again I got a question

In today’s Journal * Traditional Publishing Sometimes? * Again I got a question * The novel * Of Interest * The Numbers Traditional Publishing Sometimes? A few days ago, Dan Baldwin mentioned in his weekly blog that sometimes traditional publication is preferable. You can find his Tips of the Week on his website at https://fourknightspress.com/. If I’d written a children’s book, I might want to go the traditional route. If that’s you, if you write children’s books, you might want to check out “57 Children’s Book Publishers that Accept Direct Submissions” at https://authorspublish.com/57-childrens-book-publishers-seeking-submissions/. As always, of course, read the fine … Read more

The Journal: Audio—It’s Not What’s for Breakfast

In today’s Journal * Topic: Audio—It’s not what’s for breakfast. * Anything Goes * Of Interest * The Numbers Topic: Audio—It’s not what’s for breakfast. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that audio, at least in its current iteration, is a fad. I understand it’s all the current rage. Everyone’s talking about how to do it, or how to have it done. But I think it’ll pass. Not only because I don’t personally listen to audiobooks (I don’t), but because people far more expert and attuned to business than I believe it isn’t cost effective. Also, … Read more

The Journal: Fiction Lengths and Much More

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * A Brief Introspection * A reminder * A heads-up * Fiction lengths * Fairly good day * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.” Marilyn Strathern If you set a solid goal, chances are you will fall short. You want something to reach for, not something to obtain. “Most readers will subliminally appreciate the specificity even if they don’t know the reference.” James Scott Bell “No pressure, no diamonds. Little pressure, little diamonds. Great pressure, great … Read more