interesting links and such

I wanted to post interesting links I’ve come across today from various venues. Some of the links will be books and publishing related and some will be random. Here goes:HowtoLose20lbs.of Fat in 30Days… Without DoingAny Exercise In the last six weeks, I have cut from about 180 lbs. to 165 lbs., while adding about 10 lbs. of muscle, which means I’ve lost about 25 lbs. of fat. This is the only diet besides the rather extreme Cyclical Ketogenic Diet (CKD) that has produced veins across my abdomen, which is the last place I lose fat (damn you, Scandinavian genetics). Here are the four simple rules I followed…Read More 5 situations where it’s better to tell than show in your fiction One piece of writing advice gets held up as more sacred than any other: Show, don’t tell. But this maxim can ruin your story-telling, if you treat it like a law. Here are five situations where telling is actually better… Read More If I was a Writer…how would I use social media? Historically publishers determined the careers of many authors, they were the gatekeepers to getting a book into print. Although some authors still were successful despite them, they were often critical to success. However, whilst publishers still wield large amounts of power, their control and position has diminshed. Writers can self-publish, sell directly and have a direct relationship with their followers..Read More A Market Of One Just because you do something (or don’t do something) is no indication of how the market actually is and reacts. You can sit here all day and lament at how bad Lady...

My 2 Cents: Reader Bias and Emotion

How much does our emotions and current state of mind affect how we feel about a story, what we put into our stories and our reviews. Sometimes when starting a book, it grabs me from the first line and I am truly invested until the end. Other times it takes me chapters into the book before I am vested in the characters and stories. Sometimes I think it’s me. Maybe I don’t feel good, or something is bothering me and I don’t connect with a character or the voice of the story. But I feel badly sometimes because it’s no fault of the author, it’s me so I continue reading. Will a great book break through your personal fog regardless of how you are feeling if it is to be considered a great book, or do you miss out on a good story because of your state of mind. For instance, When I read Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh I was hooked from the first line. I mean couldn’t put it down, loved it so much I re-read it. But when I read Visions of Heat by Ms. Singh the second psy/changeling novel it rubbed me the wrong way at the beginning. I plowed through it because I liked the premise of the story and I enjoyed Ms. Singh’s writing and I’m happy I did because it got good. How about small biases to certain types of characters. Does that affect how much you like or dislike a book. What if in high school the popular prom queen stole your high school crush from under your nose, how...