The Book’s Den was initiated as a collaborative blog of writers looking to promote their work and for quite some time we were able to keep a regular schedule of postings for reader’s enjoyment. However at this point in time many of us are too busy to keep up with it in a timely manner and we decided to make a pause until further notice.
I invite you to continue visiting the individual sites and blogs the writers have posted here and to follow them as they continue to do their work. It was an honor for me to work with such quality of writers and human beings during the past two years and I hope to continue my communication with them.
I am working in a few projects at this time and I invite you to continue visiting my Official blog, in it I write a few times a week and keep my readers updated of what is coming up with my books, contests and presentations.
Until we meet again, I remain grateful for your visits.
Clary Lopez, author of Simplicity, Richness of Life
Talk about timing. With President Obama calling for investments in renewable energy, Bay Area transportation expert Christopher Swan has devised a full-service passenger train system that is not only completely solar-powered, but just might be the ticket to solving our most pressing transportation, energy, and environmental problems. Known as Suntrain, it is the subject of Mr. Swan’s Big Idea (Sopo Press, 2009), a new book by San Jose State University professor David Vasquez. My interview with Vasquez appears in The Wave Magazine:
If you’re a writer and want to be published, you need to be able to accept rejection–it’s part of the process.
Recently I spoke to a short-story writer who once visited a critique group I belong to and I asked him what he was doing with his writing. He said he no longer sent it out because he didn’t like being rejected–so he only shares his stories with friends. This man is an excellent writer–though his stories had some flaws. As I look back, I remember that he didn’t like having his work critiqued either and that’s why he didn’t continue on with our group. I think what he’s decided is sad, because eventually he’d probably have found a market for his work and more than just his friends could’ve enjoyed it.
I knew another excellent writer who sent her manuscript to about three publishers or agents, was rejected and that was the end of her sending out her work. Oh, she still writes–but she doesn’t ever submit her work. She is able to take criticism in a writer’s group and make suggested changes or rewrites.
When I taught a weekly writing group, at times I’d get a new student who would read their few pages and be horrified when I pointed out problems. Made me wonder why they bothered to come. Believe me, when I’m critiquing anyone’s work I always talk about what is good first before giving any suggestions.
Frankly, I don’t understand the mind-set that can’t take criticism or rejection. My first book was rejected nearly 30 times before it was accepted by a publisher. Each time it was rejected, I worked on it some more. At the time I didn’t know nearly as much about editing and rewriting as I do now.
Even though I now have over twenty published books, I still attend a weekly critique group. I would be disappointed if they didn’t find something to help make the book better. I use my fellow authors as a first editor.
Rejection is part of getting published. Never take it personally. It can mean many things, the publisher or agent was having a bad day, they are interested in a similar book already, it isn’t the kind of book that they like. Always pay attention to what is in the rejection letter, especially if it’s handwritten and has some actual comments about your writing. No matter what happens, work to fix that book or move onto another. Never, ever give up.
I have had a terrible time trying to get into this blog. I must be challenged in some way–no matter what I tried, no matter how many new passwords I tried, it just wouldn’t work. Finally, someone must have sprinkled magic dust over my keyboard, because it finally worked.
Do I have that much interesting to say? I think so. I have a new book
The latest in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series.
It is now available from the publisher at http://www.mundaniapress.com and from any online bookstore or can be ordered from your neighborhood bookseller. It is also available as an ebook. However, since there are other books with the same title, be sure and ask for it as Kindred Spirits by Marilyn Meredith.
Tempe and Hutch’s relationship is not going well. A body is discovered after a forest fire and when the detectives learn the woman is a Tolowa with ties to Crescent City, Tempe is sent there to find out what she can about the victim. Another trip to Santa Barbara to seek the murderer puts Tempe in harm’s way.
I’m also on a blog tour starting on :Oct 3 http://thebookrack.wordpress.com/2008/09/29/kindred-spirits/
Oct 6 http://theplotline.wordpress.com/
Oct 7 http://theplotline.wordpress.com/
Oct 9 http://bookvideos.wordpress.com/
Oct 10 http://www.thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/
Oct 13 http://itsallinthesetting.blogspot.com/
Oct 14 http://www.bookwormsballroom.blogspot.com/
Oct 15 http://acmeauthorslink.blogspot.com/
There are some of the stops–if you visit, be sure and leave a comment.