Sorry for running a bit behind this morning folks, I had to sit around and argue with people for a while. I’m trying to inject a few more writing-oriented links today, hope your Wednesday is at memorable and stupendous as every Wednesday prior.
- Polls are open to vote for your favorite short story from Apex Magazine from 2012. If you haven’t read Apex before, pick up a single copy, or spring for a subscription. Not only do they put out high quality content, they’re damn nice people to boot.
- After a failed attempt by the citizenry of the United States to build our own Death Star, someone across the pond has done what you’d expect when government or business doesn’t have the stomach for what we want: they’ve started a Kickstarter. Their stated goal is to raise “£20,000,000 for more detailed plans and enough chicken wire to protect reactor exhaust ports.” And they have a stretch goal of “£543,000,000,000,000,00 ($850,000,000,000,000,000) to secure full funding for actual construction.”
- Don’t forget my offer, authors! I will purchase your book! Leave a comment on this blog post with your book’s title during the month of February and I will buy it.
- Hey self-published authors, Apple is going to start prominently featuring your work in the iBookstore. For two weeks, at least…
- The Passive Voice blog waxes (in the passive voice, of course) about how book discovery engines suck because they don’t talk like consumers. Currently, publishers and booksellers organize by category, while consumers think in terms of this book is similar to that.
- And finally, sticking with the such-and-such number of writing rules theme I’ve got going on this week, here are 25 rules for writing a novel.
- This one hit me at about 45,000 words: The hardest bit of writing always comes at the 30,000 word mark. Keep going. After 50,000 the hill slopes in your favour.