Reading and Writing Around the Web for 7/19

Welcome to another edition of Reading and Writing Around the Web.

Every day I scour my Facebook feed for interesting articles and tips related to reading and writing. Some of these articles are too good to keep to myself, so I’m sharing my finds here. Bookmark the ones you like, read and discard the rest. And if you see something you’d like to share on the craft, by all means add it to the comments section below.

For those of you contemplating self-publishing your work, here’s some interesting things to consider before you do. Both come from author Derek Haines:

The rush to publish (or better yet, why not to rush!)

An essential list every author should read

Jane Friedman’s website included a couple of posts about SELF-e, a business that helps self-published authors distribute their electronic books to libraries. Unfortunately, authors can’t yet reap any monetary rewards from the program.

Another way to help promote buzz around your book is jump on the Pinterest bandwagon. Here’s how.

And now, for something completely different (to coin a phrase), here are a couple of humorous bedtime stories to enjoy (one for you and one for your little ones):

B.J. Novak’s The Book With No Pictures (all-ages)

Gwar’s Oderus Urungus reads Goodnight Moon (WARNING: adults only!)

If you adult readers still can’t sleep after viewing that last one, this one probably won’t help either (sorry):

The true story behind A Nightmare on Elm Street

You may be thinking about screaming right now. Before you do, here’s what scientists now know about screams.

Good night, all!




Rejected, but not dejected

I’ve been rejected.

Fortunately, I’m not overly dejected by the news. I wasn’t really that thrilled by my entry in the latest Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition, so why should the judges be? It’s a good story, I have no doubt of that, but I didn’t feel like it was my best effort. I rushed just to get it submitted. And in a sea of 6,000 entries, with only 25 winners, good just doesn’t cut it. It’s got to be the best.

With the contest period over, I’ve got a chance to revisit the story and revise it. I’ll probably take it to my writers group for its feedback as well to give it more of a fighting chance.

My Adventures in Writing continue …