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How many writers do you know who do freelance work? 1? 2? Or none?  Well if your like me most writers do their writing as a second job and don’t get paid. So to any untrained eye this would appear to be a hobby. What? No way! I work too hard and long for my writing career to be considered a hobby.

So how to break the mold and make a career out of writing? Easy… get published! Well okay enough with the sarcasm. It is not easy to get published, let alone get an agent to even LOOK at your work. So the alternative is to become a freelance writer.

The website Freelance Writing Jobs at http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/ is a good place to begin.

This website can help you locate the job that is right for you. Everyone has to start somewhere, because we can’t all become famous authors with our first book.

Build up your skills writing for different companies. Learn new talents and make connections and get a great looking resume. Every literary agent and publisher wants to see a little writing experience behind newbies. Then when your book is published you can give credit to your experience as a freelance writer.

Not every path to glory is set in stone. Take the road less traveled and become richer for it.

Happy writing!download

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Cover of "The Curious Garden"

Cover of The Curious Garden

So I had the opportunity to meet author/ illustrator Peter Brown at the Tulsa County Library in Tulsa, OK.  I have liked his work since I first seen the book “The Curious Garden” several years ago.  I was searching for an illustrator and came across this book and fell in love with the idea and imagery in it.  It is about a boy who changes his world with just a simple idea.

One of Peter Brown’s other books (and I think I have blogged about it before), Creepy Carrots, received the 2013 Caldecott Honor.  It was a beautifully fun picture book.  My children have enjoyed it immensely.

So while getting myself hyped up for days about what to say  to him I asked someone for advice.  Nathan Bransford told me to “just be myself and have fun!”  This is exactly what I did.  I waited in line with my daughter and our four books, to be signed by Peter Brown, for more than thirty minutes.  As I got closer I realized that I will have to say something cool.

What came out was something bordering blubbering idiot and stalker fan.  I said, “I have loved your books for years.”  He made a joke about one of my child’s names and then it was over.  We were moved aside and left the library with our freshly signed books.

Okay I didn’t get him to look at my picture book manuscript and he didn’t ask me if I was a writer either.  But I enjoyed myself.  I realized that this is what I wanted.  I don’t want to work a job everyday in sales.  I want to visit schools and libraries talking about my books.  I want to sign my books till my fingers bleed.  (Maybe till they are sore anyways)  I know now that I need to follow my dream and keep trying until I finally become published.

 

Books to Treasure 2013 Featuring Peter Brown

Books to Treasure 2013 Featuring Peter Brown (Photo credit: Tulsa City-County Library)

 

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With the changes in the publishing industry to accommodate writers, who are breaking in whether through traditional or e-pub, there is a wave of new things to cover.

Amazon +1 vs. Safari

Amazon +1 vs. Safari (Photo credit: gcorrin)

First there are new genres.

  • NA – stands for New Adult books.  This is for young adults who have left their parents house and are trying to make it in the world on their own.  A lot of the stories are focused around college students or young adults in the working world.  Some new NA books that are hot grabs are Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster.  Check out USA Today’s article about this genre and the authors making headlines at http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2013/04/15/new-adult-genre-is-the-hottest-category-in-book-publishing/2022707/ . ( I just recently found out about this genre. )
  • Metaphysical Fiction – It is not really a new genre but more of a sub-category of fiction writing, whether it is for YA, MG or adult books.  This subject covers the mixture of some fantasy with real world phenomenon and or magic.  You can read a better description of what this category covers at Karen M. Rider’s blog at http://www.karenmrider.com/what-is-metaphysical-fiction/ .  She goes over the category really well along with visionary fiction.  The post is a great read.

The new writing styles have been put into these new categories to help readers find these books.  The changes seem minuscule and sure there are categories above I left out.  But you can find them on your own by visiting Amazon or Goodreads and searching through the many categories.

So what are the headaches to come with these changes.

  • Readers will have that many more choices to choose from.
  • Older books will have to be re-categorized to accommodate the new genres.

But here is the plus side to all this for authors out there.  We can now have our works more specifically categorized.  Which in turn will help all those readers out there who know what they are looking for in a good book.

So read on, fellow book enthusiast.  And may the writers imagination be forever endless.

 

Barnes & Noble eReader Software Coming to iPad

Barnes & Noble eReader Software Coming to iPad (Photo credit: John Federico)

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Cover of "Ender's Game (Ender Quartet)"

Cover of Ender’s Game (Ender Quartet)

Being a fan of Orson Scott Card I have read many of his books.  So how did I miss this one?  Or the fact that it is a series?  The only reason I even knew about it was because of the movie coming out later on this year.
I loved this book and was shocked at the end.  Who would have guess?  But I kept wondering. Card takes a young child and puts him in adult situations making serious decisions. Very thought-provoking and intense scenes with bullies and fights.  Children are so innocent and usually make decisions based on what they have seen other children do.  Ender Wiggins was a genius and did things that some adults would never even thought of doing. I was glad in the end when Ender was able to reconnect with his sister.  It would have been a sad life if not.
Now I can’t wait to read the next books in the series. Card has a way with words giving them a deeper meaning.  Philosophy classes or even theorists could spend years psychoanalyzing his work.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/3252247-jessica-wilson”>View all my reviews

 

Does anyone have a favorite Orson Scott Card novel?

 

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no spam!

It has been a while since I checked my blog because I am on vacation.  So everything except reading has taken a back seat.  But lo and behold, wouldn’t you know it that my spam box was chuck full.  How do you keep comments on your blog from becoming over run with spam?  No clue.  One, there is real no solution to keep spam from sneaking into your inbox.  And two, some comments accidently are sent to the spam box without your knowledge unless you check so you can not just delete them all.  It is a conundrum.

When I do return I hope to start writing my new middle grade book.  It is inspired by a young pre-teen girl, (She knows who she is!)  and it is a comedy.  For those who do not read children’s books some of the best middle grade humor series published within the last few years have been, “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid“, and “The Dork Diaries“.  I hope to be numbered among these one day.  There are a lot of dystopia, fantasy and historical fictional books out there.  Not a lot of humorous books.   So my summer will consist of reading a list of books from New York Times Best Sellers in children’s middle grade and YA.  I have already read a few on the list and plan to tackle many more.  Hot summer days and a good book.  Who could ask for anything more?

Cover of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid"

Book cover for Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-...

Book cover for Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Popular Party Girl (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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I present to you, Olan Rogers

I present to you, Olan Rogers (Photo credit: ryan.nagelmann)

How to Know You’re a Writer (In GIF Form) | Nathan Bransford, Author.

You know when someone is pretty darn awesome when they also think that Olan Rogers is hilarious.  I just loved this blog post by Nathan.  He made me laugh and wonder how the heck did he know the websites I visit all the time.  So funny and true!

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Cover of "The Awakening: And Other Storie...

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Nathan Bransford, Author.

I agree with this article but there is a big misconception about authors.  There are good authors who are not recognized because their work is not mainstream popular reading.  The decisions to read and study certain literature in a canon is determined, in my opinion, by political and cultural preferences.  Whatever is popular now is what people want to read about.  There were books held back from the public (like Kate Chopin‘s The Awakening) because of people in power found their work offensive.  Literature is a fickle thing.  I don’t know a lot of people that can actually agree about what should be studied in college literature classes or read as entertainment.  As a society we are like a leaf apt to go where the wind blows us.

The new writers and authors are flooding the market with self-published books and e-books.  There are all kinds of writers.    Sure we don’t have a lot of Mark Twains or Edgar Allen Poes’ anymore.  But shouldn’t we find some that are still worthy to quote?  Obviously the Noble Prize in Literature is still finding candidates to hand out the award to.  Even the Newberry Award is given out every year.  So there is still some talent out there.

Mark Twain statue

Mark Twain statue (Photo credit: stevebkennedy)

People will read what they want to read.  As writers we just need to write what we feel.  Whether it will make it into a canon or not is up to those who select it.

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