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Fantastic e-Notions

A small post on reactions to the DOJ lawsuit, summated by CBS “Ironically, consumers are likely to win no matter what happens with the case because the self-publishing gate is open and the horses are...

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“Fungible” ebooks

Lots of great material to argue and shout and scream at on the Web over the past week, but the one I want to look at? Konrath versus Lipskar, and the horror of “fungibility.” JA Konrath’s post responds...

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Tempus Edax Rerum

The universe is poking fun at me right now. Actually, pretty much everybody I complain to is poking fun at me right now. I keep saying, I’m leaving the country in three weeks! And they say, Yes....

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7 x 5 ≠ > 2

It’s quite difficult to reduce the story of seven characters across five books into a one or two page synopsis. In the end I decided to start from scratch (instead of building from the one I wrote for...

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Eat Your Vegetables. Stay Off My Lawn. Practice Your Synopses. Wear Sunscreen.

So I am having a problem with my brain where people ask me about the writing and I accidentally spill spoilers all over them. I think it’s because I’m writing synopses. It’s proving quite troublesome...

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Do YA Books Cross Borders?

Me: Arkem’s spare room — or what he calls my room — is filled with books.Rick: Very sensible of him.Me: I thought so. He says he knows what the Kandaces like, and this was less creepy than trying to...

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SCBWI Con is a Bass Player

I’m going to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators summer conference this weekend. I’m excited because it’s filled with people like me* and I love meeting and hanging out with other...

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My Business Cards Say ‘Gosh, She’s a Bit Odd’*

I’ve been meaning to make this post since my business cards arrived but I keep forgetting because I’m easily distracted by shiny things. Like my business cards! Which are brilliant.** Honestly, I look...

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Not Unpublished, “Pre-Published”

Yesterday I finally escaped the acid flashback that was Disneyland and California’s hints that it might want to tremble into the sea, and I am now watching the lights of the Vegas strip come on like a...

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So… How’d the Manuscript Consultation Go?

Oh. Well. Hm. Good? So Jen (the agent in question) thinks my writing is hilarious and darling (glee!), and in the sections on the advice form that are like ‘what to do next’ she wrote ‘send Jen more’...

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How to Get Someone Else to Synopsise Your Work: A Study in Whining

I just remembered I have to write a synopsis for Drink Me* in the next few days. So basically I’m whining and procrastinating and considering how to make lemon flavoured brownies. Honestly, this...

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How You Write a Synopsis

First you spend an entire day writing (and rewriting) three hundred words. Then, just at the point where you’re going crazy and starting to see things in the text that aren’t there you ask someone else...

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Reassurance and Validation: These Are the Things That Publishers Are Made of?

I spent four days last week at the SCBWI Summer Conference in LA (writers, agents and publishers, oh my). It’s a conference I always enjoy. In large part because it’s one of the only places I can stare...

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Performance-Enhancing Drugs for Writers

  Filed under: Kandace Tagged: being a writer, drugs, grant snider, head -> wall repeat, incidental comics, mad as a hatter, publishing, writing

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Lying on the Floor and Bitching at the Ceiling is Part of my PROCESS

This is my motivational penguin (care of Chibird) because I am writing query letters and synopses at the moment and they make me crazy. Well. Crazier. I seriously seem to spend an equal amount of time...

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I’m Not Saying Anything. But if I Was to Say Something, This is What I Would...

There are two parts of this chart that are the same blue. I don’t know which is which. Or… maybe they are the same? WHAT IF THEY ARE THEY SAME? Can you get hangovers from writing query letters?...

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Synopses Are to Me as a Bulldozer is to a Swan-Shaped Meringue

Me: I am trying to write a full-length synopsis and it is terrible. So I am going to go to hockey and sulk. Well, maybe sulk and then hockey. Hockey should be fun. I can always sulk more after.Rick: No...

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