I fear clicking on links to writing-related web sites. Most of the time they’re innocuous; I scan the article, nod or roll my eyes, and occasionally post the link over onto Facebook. But sometimes… ahh, sometimes… one link leads to another, and another, and another… and I lose half my day to looking through the link trees of article after article.
I tell ya, it’s a damn dangerous place, the Internet… especially for the poor, innocent writer.
So here’s my latest source of suffering and time lost. May you enjoy it as much as I did… oh, and clear your schedule for the next couple of hours… :)
I started off with Anne R. Allen’s blog, which is one of the few I subscribe to (to which I subscribe? meh. Shut up, inner critic!); her post on how to query book reviewers caught my attention, as both an author and a book reviewer myself. That led me to Alan Rinzler’s post, “Good Day Sunshine For Writers“, which makes a strong case for the benefits of self-publishing–and offers an equally strong warning that self-publishing is not in any way easier than traditional:
[I]t’s just as hard as ever to write a good book that generates and sustains the buzz, a book that people want to tell their friends about, a book that produces major sales.
I also wandered off track to take a look at Ash Ambirge’s latest blog post, “It’s Okay If You Suck At This“, which offered me some much-needed perspective and which everyone should go and read right now. Even if you’ve read it already. It doesn’t get old. Really. Most of Ash’s posts don’t, for me at least…
Then it was back to Anne R. Allen’s blog and sideways from there over to Kristen Lamb’s blog, to read a post about “How to Win The Hearts of Bloggers“, which is where I started to lose some serious time. In addition to being an excellent blog post (and an extremely interesting interview of a book blogger) in and of itself, this one also sidetracked me into “The WANA Theory of Book Economics” (which is definitely worth a read by anyone even tentatively maybe possibly thinking about self-publishing or, for that matter, hoping to make a living from their writing at some point), and a discussion about spam toads (which is even more interesting than it sounds, and has some really good tips about blogging and using social media).
At that point I managed to stop the madness, because one of my dogs began insisting, not understanding Daylight Savings Time, that it was, in fact, dinner time thankyouverymuchdamnit right nowww mommmmm… and that made me look at the clock and screech a little. Just a little. Because it was a thoroughly enjoyable diversion…
…and now, set a timer…
or install Eyes Relax and use it… and then go forth to learn and enjoy!
NOTE: The company that produces Eyes Relax has been having trouble with a virus on their site. I retract my recommendation, which sucks, because it’s an awesome program; but unless you can get it from an absolutely verified clean site, please don’t go looking for it. :( Sorry.