Writer Unboxed

Another from Tom Bentley‘s stash. He’s gonna have to ante up another pile if I keep this up.

Don’t go here if you don’t want to get sucked in. I was just checking Tom’s link below, and had finished the entire article I landed on before I remembered that wasn’t what I was there for.

Writer Unboxed is not a single writer, but a site that hosts daily posts on issues of writing craft, the business and the vagaries of the writing life. Tom Bentley The posters run the range from aspiring writers to authors with decades of experience and decades of publishing success. And the spirit of the site is open, generous and deep. (And they’ve even let me post a few times, despite my hairdo.)

p.s. Tom studiously and modestly avoided providing a link to his articles at Writer Unboxed so I’m doing it for him. Or to him.

p.p.s. I like Tom’s hair. Don’t you?

Porter Anderson and Publishing Perspectives

Porter Anderson
Porter Anderson
Another smart voice trying to keep up with all the changes is Porter Anderson (who is not related to Anderson Cooper no matter how my brain wants to link them. You’ll also note, from the images, that neither of them resembles the Mini Cooper, now made by BMW.)

Anderson Cooper
Anderson Cooper
Anderson (Porter, not Cooper) points us to stuff like this great read on a traditional publisher overcoming the “stigma” of self-publishing because the extra $5,000 a month made it seem like a good idea. (That’s one thing I love about Anderson’s writing: sometimes, the tongue just might be in the cheek, but it’s not obvious. I could be wrong.)

Mini Cooper
Mini Cooper
Best Beloved pulled this snippet from one of Tom Bentley‘s recent newsletters:

Porter Anderson is one smart cookie, who writes with insight and wry wonder at the crazy minefield of the publishing industry. He blogs seemingly all over the durn place, but prominently at Publishing Perspectives, Jane Friedman’s site and Writer Unboxed.

“Found Around the Web” Writing Resources

Carol TiceWe’ll be posting a couple on Tuesdays and Thursdays other writing resources we’ve “found around the web”.

Today’s resource is Carol Tice, an award-winning, fun-loving freelance writer living in the Seattle area. Carol’s blog is “Make a Living Writing…practical help for hungry writers.”

Rice Lake Public Library Presentation January 18 2014

We’ve arranged with our local library to present in person “Taking the Pain & Mystery Out of Becoming a Writer”.
Rice Lake Public Library Event January 2014
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm CST to 3:30 pm CST
Where: Rice Lake Public Library, Friendship Room, 2 E. Marshall Street

This is no charge to attend!

Details and more information can be found in our Events section.

For more information please contact:
Sue L Canfield 715 296 0347

How Do I Know if I’m a Real Writer or Not?

?In another of my newsletter signup welcome email conversations, Michael asked,

As an old guy, my only real question about publishing in general is: am I considered to be a writer, for real, if I’m not published by a traditional publisher?

By you, or by traditional publishers, or by your readers, or by your family, or by other self-published authors?

You might guess that some folks will look down on you, and some won’t.

I think the answer that matters is what it feels like to you.

I’ve self-published 10 books. Anyone who thinks I’m not an author, a real writer, can take a flying leap. I know what I am.

You probably do, too.

You don’t need anyone’s permission to be who you are and do what you do.