Who said RSS was dull?

Whoo Hoo!
I won some books. I happened across a post by Emma Barnes at SnowBooks only moments after she posted it and I was able to win two new books. I have not read either but they both look great and I cannot wait to get stuck in.

The Books

How Very Interesting: Peter Cook’s Universe and All that Surrounds It
Edited by Paul Hamilton et al. (great cover design and nice chapter headers!

Sand Daughter
By Sarah Bryant looks great with a fab cover too!

I’d link but Snowbooks is a little wonky today upgrade in progress apaprently!

Feeling like I haven’t blogged in ages!

Links of Interest (At Least to Me) 17/09/06

Richard Charkin’s goal is to begin discussion and his recent guest post from Susan Hill, author and part-time publisher, certainly did that.

It seems sometimes that massive change is literally imminent. Amazon play with an e-reader. Distribution and not Content is apparently king/queen. But I think Seth Godin’s blog has a sobering view.

I have been an enormous fan of Google Book Search from the get go but sometimes it does not hurt to ask a few questions. The post here is from O’Reilly Radar blog and is very interesting.


The power that be told me I had to re-read in detail both my posts and the comments and to think before I responded in future. And the power had a point> I think I may have taken something from nock’s point that wasn’t there!

Fair cop! I am sorry. I think we are more on the same page than anything else.

I also include a cartoon below and some links! I am just trialing this linking post thing to see how it works!
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For the Doubters

I know you are out there!
I also know many of you really disliked the tone of my recent post on how to get published. One of the more pessimistic comments I got said:

I know many writers (self included ) who have judiciously followed every one of your steps – and still remain unpublished. I think the reality there is, keep on writing, keep on perfecting your craft, keeping on submitting material – and be realistic – certain markets are overcrowded – every man and his dog wants to write the “next Harry Potter”.
The thing is it’s a long road and it takes time. I once read that it can take, on average, ten years for a writer to be published.
If you don’t have perseverance and self belief, I don’t think the writing game is one you’d want to be in.

I tend to agree a little but I feel strongly that there is hope for many and the post confirms that!

Well below the fold is the link I think you will like/hate and a cartoon everyone will enjoy . . .
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