Questioning Conventional Wisdom Re: Platforms

Hello, dear readers, and welcome back to Nerdy Words. I’ve been seeing a lot – that is, A LOT – of advice to new and aspiring writers urging them to create a “platform” by posting regularly to not just one, but at least three, different forms of social media. The reasoning is by posting content […]

More Bad News for Writers

I ran across this in the New Yorker from George Packer: “Without sufficient advances, many writers will not be able to undertake long, difficult, risky projects. Those who do so anyway will have to expend a lot of effort mastering the art of blowing their own horn. ‘Writing is being outsourced, because the only people […]

Copy Editors Getting Thrown Under the Bus

Bad news: another media job appears to be getting cut in the name of “efficiency,” (i.e., maximizing profits while slashing costs). It’s the one position that many of us felt was safe: copy editor. While more and more publications (both online and print) have found the golden ticket to cost-cutting by simply refusing to pay […]

News Flash: Outlook Dismal for New Authors

Sorry to be Capt. Bringdown today, but I found a few articles that shed light on some ugly truths about the publishing industry. First, and not exactly breaking news: it is extremely hard for new writers to find agents and publishers. However, when celebrities like Rush Limbaugh can get their children’s books published, it’s a […]

New Year’s Resolution: Submit Your Work!

Writers, if you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to get your stories/poems/essays out there to a wider audience – to get published – I’d like to help you with that. Below are a few sites that offer contests and paying markets for you to send your work to: FundsforWriters Contest listing. Hope Clark’s site is […]

Barnes & Noble to Bite the Dust?

This article in Publishers Weekly seems to think so. According to PW, all the signs are there that Barnes & Noble is gearing down for a “crash landing,” and author Jason Illian has plenty of advice for the book behemoth. Unfortunately, it’s all along the lines of what every last-minute restructuring consultant says, essentially: be […]

If I Can’t Be a Good Example…

then let me be a dire warning, or so the saying goes. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve completed my memoir, Mountain Witch, and gone through two rounds of professional edits. Feeling satisfied that it’s ready, I’ve begun diligently querying agents. I also thought that I could approach authors of similar works about reading and providing […]

Buyer Beware: Is Author Solutions a “Vanity Press”?

According to Publishers Weekly, a number of authors have brought a class-action suit against Author Solutions publishing, claiming that it is engaged in “deceitful, dubious business practices.” The authors claim that Author Solutions “have marketed themselves as an independent publisher with a reputation for outstanding quality and impressive book sales, … Instead, [Author Solutions is] […]