Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Writerly Wednesday IWSG

Hey, is it June already?? Well you know what that means if you're a writer in the blogosphere ... time for :


LOL....oops.... wrong picture. *ahem*


Yep, there we go. First Wednesday of every month, writers are talking about insecurities and sharing hopes, fears, advice, and encouragement. You don't need an invite, just head over to Alex J Cavanaugh's blog, sign up, and share a post!

I've got my first page from a brand new project up on Dianne Salerni'sand Marcy Hatch's blog today. Open for comments and suggestions. I tried something really new with this project so I'm a little bit anxious (and nervous) to see how it comes off.

Here on my blog, though, I want to know your thoughts and feelings on some of what we go through as writers. This is in response to Rachelle Gardner's post yesterday on 13 Things You May Not Know About Agents.   First of all, I adore Rachelle's blog and wealth of info for writers. She's amazing, and most of you probably follow her already. But yesterday's post was one of those big THANK YOU FOR POSTING posts that made me smile. It's so easy to become consumed with our own gigs, we forget what it's like for the others around us.

Rachelle ended her post asking writers what agents should know about them, and she got a ton of feedback (of course.) Here was my fave from Terri Patrick:

What agents need to remember about writers:
1. We don’t want to be agents.
2. Most of us are not editors.
3. Few of us grasp marketing or are comfortable in public.
4. We put in tons of hours and still have to get our paychecks doing something not writing related.
5. Contracts make our eyes cross.
6. We’d rather be reading.
7. We don’t understand why everyone is not totally enthralled with reading.
8. We don’t want to read everything published by a publisher we’d like as our publisher to determine how to write for that publisher.
9. We love our stories and want to share them. We know this is not a career path to be in for the money.
10. We know there are easier ways to make money so we write for the love of the story.
11. As writers, we totally “GET” the business model of publishing has many layers and we really don’t want to deal with that, so we accept pennies on the price of books sold.
12. We’d rather go to the movies.
13. Our writing career doesn’t keep us awake at night, our stories do.


Isn't that great?? Do you have anything to add? 


Oh and this pic has been making its way around the blogoshpere and since I just saw the film yesterday:


(can't decide who I'm in love with more ... ho-hum ... decisions, decisions ....)

30 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

That list is great! I think it pretty much covers everything!

Old Kitty said...

Oooh I've been told by these gorgeous guys, so off I go!!

Take care
x

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think that list is spot-on!

Mama J said...

Great list.

I'm now off to see the agents one. Thanks for sharing!

shelly said...

This was a great list! But I might add. A writers ritual is easier to deal with than all the business side to getting published.

Jess said...

Love the list, love the photo :) I'm a Robert Downey Jr. kind of girl.

Stephen Tremp said...

Hey, we need a female version of this pic! Maybe the Sweedish Bikini Team.

T. Drecker said...

Great list! I have to agree with every single one of those.

terripatrick said...

A lot of writers seem thrilled with this list. When I got to #13, I stopped.

Johanna Garth said...

#13 was so on the money! As a side note I'm worried the critique I left you on Desiree was too harsh. Just wanted to add that I really did enjoy what I read there. Just trying to think of ways it could be even better!

Johanna Garth said...

#13 was so on the money! As a side note I'm worried the critique I left you on Desiree was too harsh. Just wanted to add that I really did enjoy what I read there. Just trying to think of ways it could be even better!

Norma Beishir said...

That list pretty much covers it all. I'd like to add just one thing: we'd like more hours in the day. I'm a full-time author, and I still don't have enough time.

I have that photo, too. Love the eye candy!

Cassie Mae said...

Couldn't have said it better. So great!!

Annalisa Crawford said...

Fantastic list, nothing to add here!

Robin said...

So spot on. Great post!! And now I need to check out 13 things . . .

Catherine Stine said...

Nothing to add regarding the list. It's pretty much all there. But I did hop over to read your first page. Good set piece, the old theater. They have such natural mystique! What are the girl's greatest hopes or most dreadful fears about what she'll REALLY find in that theater? As they say in the NY Post, "Inquiring minds want to know!"
Love the set up and I'd read more.
Catherine Stine’s Idea City

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Great post I think you said it all.

Yvonne.

alexia said...

Great post! Rachelle's was good, and the writer response was good, too!

Linda Jackson said...

I can totally relate to that list. And, yes, I should be writing, but I'd rather watch a movie. ;)

fOIS In The City said...

I'd have to agree that the list was pretty complete for most of us.

Oh, I do have a thing for Robert Downey, Jr. :)

Libby said...

That is a fantastic list. Absolutely fantastic!

Libby said...

That is a fantastic list. Absolutely fantastic!

Jennifer Ruth Jackson said...

Great list. I love the last one, especially. Let someone else worry about the business side and just let me create!

jamieayres said...

That list is sooooo accurate! I literally want to kidnap people who don't enjoy reading and show them the light;)

As for me, Thor is my fav!!

McKenzie McCann said...

Oh my gosh, I loved your list. I'd totally rather read or go to the movies any day.

Hmm, I'm trying to think of something to add, but you've covered it so well.

Perhaps...
Our strengths lie in writing, not business.

But I suppose you already summed that up.

Leslie S. Rose said...

I have the Avengers pic as my desktop. It does make you sit down and get to work. I would add:
14. Every query we send out feels like the dream where you are walking down the street naked

Angela Ackerman said...

I have not seen this list before...it's excellent! Thanks for sharing it.

Angela

William Kendall said...

That's quite a list, PK!

Handy to have those four guys around when you want to distract all the ladies and rob a casino.

Did I say that out loud?

DL Hammons said...

That list nails it! Dead center!! :)

Donna Yates said...

I love that list! It surely brought a smile to my face. I have to say, the cat reading 'To Kill a Mockingbird' got a good laugh. :)