New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
Roadiegal66 here. Yes, I should be preparing for Turkey Day, yet here I am. I stumbled onto this site from elsewhere in the publishing world and discovered a great new community. Excellent!
I'm a veteran journalist, policy analyst, blogger, Lindyhopper, swing DJ, jazz fan, lounge lizard, style diva, foodie, wino, occasional writer of short stories and all-purpose Dragon Lady who is currently at work on her second nonfiction book (the first one was a while ago). This one's on the original 1926 path of U.S. Route 66 between Chicago and Joliet (the most ignored part of the route), so of course I want to connect with anyone else who has an interest in the former Main Street of America, Mother Road, whatever else you want to call it. And I've never been part of a writing group/forum/writers' support group like this before, so I look forward to the experience.
And since I'm the newbie here in that respect, I have a couple of resources to pass along if you don't already know about them. I notice a few good-looking threads here on publishers and agents. I used to follow ASJA's Contracts Watch, myself; but now that that information has changed form a bit and is no longer accessible electronically to nonmembers, the ASJA website still has a few departments that some of you may find useful. The first is their blog, The Word: http://www.asja.org/theword/
The other is their breaking news page:
Their links page includes some choice things, too. Be sure to check that out.
OOOPS: just found something **scary** on copyright at Publetariat: a memo on copyright 'reform' so controversial the GOP actually had to deny it ... yet here it is, on Scribd:
READ it, y'all -- it's nasty! I'll report this link on the appropriate subject thread.
Ciao for now, ragazzi!
Welcome to AW, Roadiegal, and enjoy the turkey!
New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
Forgot to mention: the book blog!!
Thanks, I shall -- I don't have to cook it this year! (going to a beloved friend's instead)
Something I forgot to mention in first post: even though I'm still writing the book manuscript now (in between freelance work), I've already created a book blog where I and my two co-authors (both geographers) post Route 66-related stuff that doesn't quite fit into the book but can be used to discuss the subject ... and build the ever-lovin' author 'platform' we keep being urged to create. Yes, yes, so we're working on that. Y'all be the judges; here's the book blog URL:
All feedback deeply appreciated!
Roadiegal, your intro thread reads to be all promo including the links. The link you edited to add regarding copyright you started another thread on. This is not how AW works. Members are to be involved and active in the community before promoting.
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Upon further review this is being ported to AE&SP
Bolding mine. That is straight from the AE&SP guidelines, and it is the policy for this forum. However, I'm simply going to lock this thread as I have something to say on the subject of self-promoting as you [general "you"] cross AW's threshold:
Originally Posted by regdog
AbsoluteWrite forums is a community of people who share a love of writing and who read voraciously, but we're not marks. Effective and sensible self-promotion hinges on knowing and caring about your audience and their interests; and, in order to do that you have to care enough about them to take the time to get to know them and let them get to know you before launching into a sales spiel.
Roadiegal, please do visit the threads noted in my signature. Do take the time to get to know the community and let them get to know you as a person. If you do that, you'll meet a lot of generous and helpful people who'll enjoy welcoming you and interacting with you as learn about them and make friends within the community. If you choose not to take that path, your next self-promotional posts (wherever they may be) will likely be deleted with extreme prejudice. They will in AE&SP.
Last edited by Ari Meermans; 11-22-2012 at 10:06 PM.
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