Wow, it’s a new year and everyone seems to be setting goals and at least trying to figure out ways to meet them, myself included. Like so many of you, I’ve looked at what I’m currently working on, what series I need to get new installments out in and what other books and short stories I want to do this year. The initial list just about scared me to death. No way I could do it all. At least that’s what I told myself. Then I looked at it again and realized that, with a little careful planning, I’d be able to do most, if not all, of it. But it will mean buckling down and cutting out the distractions — and the excuses. In other words, it means having the discipline to sit butt in chair and write and — gag– edit.
Part of that planning also has to do with Mad Genius Club. A week or so ago, we asked you what you wanted us to blog about. Those of you who’ve been around for long know that each member of the blog has topics we hold near and dear. But this is, first and foremost, a writers’ blog about the publishing industry. We are here to pass along information, give our takes on what’s happening and answer your questions or at least try to.
In order to do that, I’ve culled through your comments from the other day and I think I have everything listed that you’d like us to discuss. Look it over and add any other topics you might be interested in. We will do our best to get to it before the year is out. (There is a caveat. If the topic is one that we’ve already hashed to death or that we don’t feel we are competent to address, we won’t do it unless we can find someone with the knowledge or experience to do a guest post.)
If you made a suggestion and it isn’t listed below, let us know. I probably overlooked it. So, here goes, in no particular order:
- mechanics of how to make an e-book out of a finished manuscript
- marketing (be sure to check out Sunday’s post)
- genres and sub-genres
- tags and descriptions
- how to write farce or comedy in SF
- music to write to (or what form of musical torture does your current wip subject you to?)
- sub-plots (the specific question was regarding mystery in SF but this cross-genre issue is one we all face)
- legal issues writers need to be aware of when publishing overseas
- There were also requests for contests, exercises and the sharing of writing problems.
Is there anything else you guys are interested in? Some of the questions I’ve seen in other fora have concerned the use of pen names, writing in different genres to “keep it fresh”, writing goals, inspiration, etc. Are you guys interested in anything along those lines?
Thanks, guys, for helping us out this way. Now, go write!