“Artists are people who are not at all interested in the facts—only in the truth. You get the facts from outside. The truth you get from inside.” --Ursula K. LeGuin

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Don't Get Mad

I have meditated. I believe in the Law of Attraction, I have gone to conscious raising seminars. One would think I would be calm, serene, and in divine accord with all living things, so why do I feel like adding all the swear words I can think of into one sentence?

“Stop trash talking yourself," wrote Lynn Hauka, “just because you still get mad enough to whack someone upside the head.

“You’re human. You’re built to have all kinds of emotions.”

Okay, Okay, think of this:
“If you can start the day without caffeine,
“If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
“If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
“If you can eat whatever food is put on your plate and be grateful for it,
“If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
“If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
“If you can watch friends go away on exotic vacations when you have to stay at home, without even a twinge of jealousy.
“If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
“If you can relax without beer, wine, or liquor,
“And if you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
“Then you are probably a dog.”*

*Copied from the  tim brownson  blog. He copied it from Jack Kornfield
I was set off this morning by reading some of Jon Morrow’s great wonderful stupendous prize winning guest blogs. I was supposed to be inspired. So, why was swearing?

Maybe it was the person telling me about the infamous #slush pile.
After you read instructions on how to query, you follow the agent’s instructions, you write a cover letter, a query, a tagline, a short synopsis, a long synopsis, include the first 10 or 50 pages of the manuscript, what happens?

It’s enough to make the most seasoned writer swear.

So, what is the guru’s advice?


“Meet agents person to person.”

“Go to Conferences.”

It’s  winter now and I will have to wait until August to get my butt up the state of Oregon to the closest conference I know about, the #Willamette Writer’s Conference. I first heard about it when I heard that Jean Auel sold the #Clan of the Cave Bear to agent #Jean Naggar.  Nagger auctioned the book, and Viola’. You’ve heard of it, probably read it, and the copious sequels as well.

Hark, before I leave this blog, instead of just kvetching, I do have some advice:

Go to #Chuck Sambuchino’s blog. He is a contributor to Writer’s Digest and has great advice. At at a conference in Las Vegas he gave away so much material I am referring to it still, years later.

For marketing check out #John Kremer’s Book # 1001 Ways to market your Book.

Both of these men are the real deal and are generous to a fault.