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Treat It Like a Business

Oftentimes, you hear the writing advice, “Treat it like a business.” When authors say that, most of the time what they mean is you have to write even when you don’t feel like it. Which is true.¬†As E.B. White once put it, “a writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”

But sometimes, people go a little bit overboard. They interpret it as, “Thou must write every day to be a real writer!” and take it to extremes.

 

Sometimes, Even Dedicated Writers Need a Break

Traci and Dorian at the Academy of Science

Traci and Dorian at the Academy of Science

I’ve just returned from a six-week writing hiatus. Zealots of the “treat it like a business” concept might scoff. “I write even when I’m sick,” they’d say.

I’ve heard numerous successful authors say they write even when under the weather, and they can’t tell the difference between what they write while sick vs. while feeling well.

But does that mean we should never take a break? NaNoWriMo encourages people to write every day, after all.

 

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The Big Con Roundup: Worldcon & DragonCon

The Big Con Roundup: Worldcon & DragonCon

Since I didn’t have a chance to attend WorldCon or Dragon*Con this year, I’ve been jealously watching other people’s adventures. So I thought I’d do a round-up, in case you’re doing the same. Plus, there’s lots and lots of great fantasy and science fiction writing and publishing advice in these posts.

But first, +Scott Edelman tells us one small thing we can do to make others feel welcome at cons.

Moaning Myrtle awesome Harry Potter cosplay
Moaning Myrtle cosplay photo via ScienceFiction.com

Dragon*Con Fan Posts

TONS of Worldcon posts after the jump!

Worldcon: Mostly Writing Posts

If you’ve made it this far, you should definitely check out this Dragon*Con Justice League vs. Avengers cosplay video: 

Have you been to a Dragon*Con or WorldCon before? Would you recommend the experience to other fans of science fiction and fantasy? Leave a comment below or find me as +Traci Loudin on Google+, the perfect place for fans of speculative fiction to hang out.

And if you’d like a link to your Dragon*Con or Worldcon post to appear here, just leave me the link!

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My Future Publishing Path

With so much discussion in the blogosphere about self-publishing versus traditional publishing, I’ve been doing a lot of reading just to keep up. My conclusion is that a hybrid model is the path with the greatest reward for the fiction author. It also requires a great deal of work. What do I mean by hybrid? I’m glad you asked…

Types of Publishing

Self-publishing” here refers to creating an ebook, which you will then publish to various retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords. You may also use CreateSpace or LightningSource to publish print-on-demand paper books, but that’s an entirely different topic.
The book by Dave Heuts | Flickr

What I mean by “traditional” publishing is really more of a spectrum, ranging from small publishing houses to the larger well-known publishers. Most of my notes below apply more to the large publishers than the small ones, however.
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