Thursday, September 10, 2009

some stuff for Thursday

Publish or Perish--the 7 (or more like 13) emotional stages of publishing, as ennumerated by the New York Times and courtesy of the inimitable Brian F. I laughed, I cried, I ate some cheese.

Gawker did this piece on the 6 only remaining ways to get a book deal these days. Funny!! Only... wait a minute...

Bob Miller over at HarperStudio (a real hero of mine, FYI) disagrees with MJ Rose (and, thereby, me) on her take on author royalties needing a bump. His take here. He makes a good point re: sharing profit--another strategy, I think. But I want to be an advocate for sharing marketing responsibility (and the burden, financial and energetic, therein). I believe that a hard-working author with an uncooperative publisher behind them and a hard-working publisher with an uncooperative author are both very, very mediocre combinations. Why can't we share reward and risk?

I have a theory for hostile industry takeover on this one, but it's top secret. Shhh. First, someone needs to put me in charge of everything. Then I'll tell you.

Here, 10 tips for making your blog popular, and keeping it popular. Totally fascinating. I was recently worrying that maybe I publish too often/too much... I notice comments have kind of dropped off. But what do you guys think? Does anyone ever go "nuts, I wish she'd post a little less so I could keep up"?

40 comments:

Christy Pinheiro, EA ABA said...

The "6 ways to get your book published" was funny and also a frigging downer. The part about Jill Abramson blogging about her puppy makes me want to punch a wall.

WendyCinNYC said...

Thanks for the links. I don't think you post too much. I may not always leave a comment, but I'm reading any time there is something new.

Stephen Parrish said...

I don't comment often (that's an understatement) but I look forward to every post, and as far as I'm concerned, the more Moonrat, the better.

gringo said...

You generally post daily, and I generally read you daily, so it works for me. Most times I don't comment, I just don't have anything to add.

Christy Pinheiro, EA ABA said...

Okay, I blogged about this post and added a link back to your blog. The Jill Abramson thing kills me!

I want to be a powerful editor, too! And get a sweet book deal by writing about my pet fish for a year. At the end, I'll fry him up and eat him. That'll boost sales! ARRRGH!

Amalia T. said...

I definitely don't think you post too frequently or too infrequently. I always look forward to checking out your posts.

Comment Monsters seem to be pretty uncontrollable beasts.

DeadlyAccurate said...

Does anyone ever go "nuts, I wish she'd post a little less so I could keep up"?

Not with your blog, because your posts tend to be short, but with other bloggers, yes, I do, in fact think that. My blog reader has 30 feeds on it, so it doesn't bother me if people don't update every day.

CKHB said...

No, I love your posts, keep 'em coming! And yes, because your posts are usually on the shorter side, if I get behind, I just read them all in one sitting, and I've never felt overwhelmed.

I used to never post because I felt all intimidated 'cause you're IN THE INDUSTRY and I'm just someone who wants to get published, but now I try to chime in when I have the time/have anything halfway decent to say...

Lydia Sharp said...

I liked the blog list. Good points.

And no, you don't post too often. In fact, I think you recently went for a whole day without posting (or maybe it was just a few hours) and I almost wigged out. (uh...does anyone really use that phrase anymore?) But you make up for it by posting multiples in one day, on occasion. No worries.

Angie Handley said...

I rarely comment, but I read daily. If you didn't post for a while I'd forget to come back! As it is now, I look forward to it as part of my routine :) Post more! Post more!

Jm Diaz said...

I read, i comment, I just don;t want to seem stalkerish... its a fine line. I know that it s public blog and all, but still...

JES said...

Jeez. You must still be feeling the sting of the book-blogger-appreciation snafu of the other day. :)

Very happy with the scroll rate here. You've got something to say, you say it. And often there's evidence you've been mulling it over for a while -- that what you post is actually the Nth draft in a series.

Comment volume, eh. 'Course it's easy for me to say. But I think that may be cyclical. You may notice that you get a huge volume of comments on certain kinds of posts, and fewer on other kinds. Otherwise please don't sweat it. You've got enough on your plate!

Monkey Mama said...

Blogs are easier to read than books because you don't have to turn the pages. (Monkeys don't have thumbs, yanno).

Your blog is the latest craze in the jungle.

Rick Daley said...

I follow a couple blogs that make me question why I subscribed to them. Yours is not one of them.

You post frequently, but they are usually brief. I like that.

And for the record, I'm still trying to figure out who your "author who was a character in a movie" is!

Kate said...

You do NOT post too much! I've read your blog every day since I found it. Like others, I just don't comment if I don't have anything to add unless there is a reason to reinforce a point. As book people, we don't want to be repetitive, derivative, or cliche. We're sort of a self-editing body that way. Today, though, it seems that reinforcement is called for.

Anita Saxena said...

You post in a perfectly precise amount. I think some of us read regularly, we're just lazy about commenting. I used to read all blogs from my iPhone and it made a real pain to post comments. Maybe it applies to others too.

moonrat said...

you guys are funny. i DO seem to need a lot of validation lately, don't i?! i bet that's breaking all the blogging rules!

Lydia--what Andre Norton are you reading? I lurrrved the Halfblood Chronicles at a certain point in the past.

Monkey Mama--alas, I know a LOT about monkeys. Have I told you I live with one?

Rick--nyuk nyuk. Keep guessing!! Maybe someday you'll get it ;) I'll give you a hint--the movie came out in 2006.

Liz said...

I never comment -- I'm shy that way -- but I check your blog at least twice a day -- I wish you would publish MORE.

You, Nathan B. and the late lamented Miss Snark are the closest thing to a free course on publishing out there. You three helped me write my query letter, work through the submission process, and get an agent. Thank you.

Ebony McKenna. said...

I love your blog.
*mwah*

Matilda McCloud said...

I like that you post frequently. I'm trying to limit my comments because I find I blab ad nauseam about the same stuff (I think I have commenter-itis).

L.H. Parker said...

I like you blog. It's educational as well as fun. Keep going!

oneyearbook said...

Maybe this is just me, since I spend a lot of time at home in front of the computer, but when the blogs I have in my "check daily" bookmarks folder don't update daily, I get sad. The more updating, the better.

Natasha Fondren said...

I oddly find people comment more, the less I post. But I inadvertently do the same thing: on blogs that post often, I comment less.

These days, I mostly only comment when the blogger asks a direct question. Then it feels like I've been invited to the conversation. Otherwise, I feel shy. :-)

Larissa said...

I'm with Stephen (and others): there's no such thing as too much moonrat.

I don't comment much because I'm afraid of sounding like a dumbass.

Maree Anderson said...

Please keep doing what you're doing. You're awesome - that's why I subscribe to your posts!

And don't worry about the level of comments - many people are lurkers, like me. Check your blog stats instead! I bet you get heaps of unique visitors.

Whirlochre said...

My blog compass has thus far directed me without error to sites whose raison d'etre oscillates not about the spectacle of bared buttocks hoist au scanner.

In that sense, you were no 'lucky find', but rather the outcome of some benevolent universal law.

Rebecca Knight said...

What I love love love love LOVE about your blog is that most days are short and fun, but then once in awhile there's a Moonrant (as I call it) where you go in depth on an issue.

I love the varity and the frequency :). It makes me happy inside.

moonrat said...

Moonrant! I love it, Rebecca!

Lydia Sharp said...

Lydia--what Andre Norton are you reading? I lurrrved the Halfblood Chronicles at a certain point in the past.

Um...apparently, I'll be picking up the Halfblood Chronicles...the idea just came to me, out of nowhere. ;) Something told me it would be a lurrrvelly read.

And I second the Moonrant!

Jade said...

Hmmm. No sure about the comment above mine.

Actually, I don't think you post enough. I love your crazy moonratty take on the world. I don't usually comment because I'm Australian and we're lazy.

Rest assured, you do rock!

s.w. vaughn said...

Your posts are not too hard or too soft. They're not too hot or too cold. They're just right!

I lurk, but I lurk here every day. I don't comment much, but I'm reading and enjoying teh Moonrat. :-)

s.w. vaughn said...

Also. The Publish or Perish piece? Oh crap. I guess I know what I'm in for now next spring... my debut novel's coming out.

Gulp.

Rachel Aaron said...

I don't think I've ever wished a blogger would post less. Wished that I had more time to read, yes, but not wish they posted less. That's like wishing your box had fewer chocolates in it...

Charles Gramlich said...

These days, I actually appreciate folks not posting every day. I just can't keep up, no matter how I try. And I've begun commenting somewhat less as my blog list continues to spiral out of control.

Anonymous said...

I'm an editor based in the Midwest, and your blog is my daily dose of living vicariously in the editorial world in NY. Sometimes I think maybe if I lived there, too, we'd be editor-ly friends who'd meet for tasty drinks to discuss our mutual love of The Time Traveler's Wife and shared hatred of laundry. But mostly I just enjoy reading, and think your frequency--and your blend of "moonrants" and pictures of cute animals--is just right. So thank you. -j

Tara said...

Thanks for the link to the top ten list. I am not a daily blogger, which means I sometimes miss posts. But that falls to me, not to you. Thanks for the post.

Jade said...

I just wanted to say that random ugg boot post above my other post has been removed. I just wanted to point that out so you all know that the comment that is now above me (by Lydia Sharp) isn't the one I was poking fun of.

Okay, crisis averted.

Melanie Avila said...

Your posts are among my favorites. I love that some days are super short and others are longer -- it's a nice variety. Since I've started reading on Google reader I don't comment as much, but I read every post!

moonrat said...

haha Jade--sorry!! didn't mean to get you in trouble!! i just HATE spam adverts!!

caboozie said...

No. The more posts the better as far as I'm concerned. I'm always disappointed when I come to a blog and there aren't any up to date posts. It feels stale. Keep posting--frequently!