Monday

Knowing when to stop

Many times it's hard to know when to stop a story. You think you've reached the end only to have your editor demand more. Of course the opposite can be true. The fact is a story is done when it's done. It's just hard to tell when that is.

The same is true with editing and revising. You can always find something wrong with your writing, but sometimes you have to say that enough is enough. After working with a group or an editor, you will have a working manuscript. I don't mean that it's perfect. But nothing is. Allow yourself to move on and write other things. Don't get bogged down with the details. Remember to see the big picture.

Saturday

Tip of the Week November 10

Tip of the Week: Learn standard copy edit marks.

If you go here to the Chicago Manual of Style, you will find a page of standard copy edit marks. They're useful little beasts that will make it easier for you and your critique group (or editor) communicate. Nothing is more confusing than trying to explain to someone what you think a work needs without using standard marks. So learn them. Love them. Make them your own.

Thursday

The Story of Oedipus, in 8 Minutes, Performed by Vegetables

Tomorrow Monte Montgomery, author of Hubert Invents the Wheel will be visiting our store tomorrow. Like a good little girl, I went to his website to research what else he and his wife have written, etc. Instead I found this link. I don't really recommend it for kids. There's vegetable sex. It's one of the funniest/strangest versions of Oedipus I've ever seen, so I felt the need to share.

The Chain Gang

When other blogs make posts like the one I'm about to make, I normally find them kind of self-congratulatory in a "Look how awesome I am" kind of way. However, I don't know of any other way to say it, but look how freaking awesome we are. Blooming Tree Press has finally hit the big time. You will be able to find Blooming Tree books in any Barnes & Noble you happen to drop into.

Yes, that's right. Septina: Penguins of Doom and Bad Girls Club will soon be available at any Barnes & Noble in the whole country. Need a copy in Des Moines? You're local B&N will have one. And if you happen to live in a market with one of the top 20 B&Ns, you'll be able to find Jessica McBean there too.

Breaking into the chains is a huge leap for a small press. It can make the difference between a profitable book and a dud. A majority of people still purchase their books in person from the available stock at their local bookstore. And whether we like it or not, the chains have a huge portion of the market. So, congratulations to Greg, Judy, and Carole. And keep a look out for their books on your local chain's shelves.