Letters from the Editor: On taking control of your writing career, the books to be excited about in 2020, and more
It's 2020, A.K.A. Time to Take Control
Aaaaand we're back! 2020 really isn't pulling any punches so far, is it?
A continent is on fire, World War III memes have situational relevance, and the to-do list grows longer by the second. It's enough to make you feel at least little nuts, but I'm not going to let 2020 keep my head spinning, and you shouldn't either.
For all my writers out there who need a little New Year's inspiration, take a few minutes to read (or read again) the piece we put out last month: Authors Aren't Getting What They Need From Publishers Anymore. Here's What They Can Do About It. When I wrote this, my mindset was more one of criticizing an industry that doesn't love writers like it should. That still holds true, but rereading it now, all that comes to mind are all the opportunities you have to take control of your own damn destiny as a writer. 2020 is a great year to give a middle finger to anything that doesn't help you flourish and to be bold.
If you want some insight on ways you can give yourself what publishing isn't giving freely anymore, read on; and if you've got questions or ideas you want to bounce off me, I'm all ears. This is the year we make some magic happen!
Letters from the Editor: On being a non riot-forming writer online, how to get stickers off books, and more
For the Modern Writer, the Personal is Professional
Writers, there’s a very fine, sometimes blurry, and occasionally altogether nonexistent line between you as a Person and you as a Professional in this industry.
It’s an easy line to cross -- or in some cases, trip over very ungracefully. Take this latest bit of beef from Book Twitter, for example.
Publishing is obsessed with your follower count.