Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Social Media is to CIgarettes as....

Necessity  of doing extra crap. For the up and coming writer doing a bunch of garbage that is not writing is now pretty much required.  Nine times out of ten I would rather be writing, but now I have to divide my time between social networking, establishing a platform on social media and trying to keep up with at least three other projects for me. 

I like being busy, but in all honesty some of the stuff I have to do try and build a career in writing I would rather not do. I would rather be writing. I am pretty sure we all would.  This is not about griping about something I cannot change.  I fully admit that I cannot change this and that it is better to accept that change and try and roll with it. 

But accepting is easy to talk about, much harder to do. Changing yourself in general is extremely hard to do. Everyone talks  about wanting to do something different and wanting to be different in some way. Well maybe not everyone but most people.  Better career, better shape, more money, advanced in your career. All of these are things people will usually want one of. But achieving it is hard because we as people like routines. Routines are easy. They aren’t scary because you know exactly want to expect. I think that is one reason some people don’t like to go to the doctor. The doctor may tell you that you have to change something about yourself. 

And when you are used to doing something like drinking soda, or eating pizza on a certain night of the week we don’t want to have to do that. That is one part of that makes cutting down on actual addictive substances like cigarettes (or tobacco ion general) so hard. 

My step dad is going through all the fun of quitting tobacco and my mom is getting to enjoy every minute of that lovely experience. 

As a former smoker one of the hardest times to not have a cigarette was when I was bored. There was a time that if I was bored and near a door I would duck outside and have a smoke. Even worse after dinner, or on long drives. I never developed the smoking after sex thing because if done right neither of you really have the energy nor the motivation to get out of bed, off the floor, etc. I have been non smoker for the better part of ten years (with the exception of a six months when I went through a very sad period in my life) and I sincerely liked it. But I knew I had to change. It was not easy. Was not the hardest thing to do in my life, but was also not the hardest. 

It was change. It was unpleasant. It was something I have to do. So I guess that is my overall analogy to what new authors have to do when building a platform. It is not easy, not always pleasant, but something you just have to do.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Jesse Magnan's Blog of the Lance: Potions

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Jesse Magnan's Blog of the Realms: Steelheart

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Fast, Cheap, Or Good.

There is a phrase in project management that I also think applies to writing, and especially to self publishing.  It has multiple names but the one I like the best is the Iron Triangle.

This phrase breaks down to this:
You can do it fast.
You can do it cheap.
You can do it well/good.
Pick two.

As writers we often want to get our stories out there for the world to see, and get them out there as soon as possible.  Ignoring the expense of an editor, and deceiving that our self editing or editing by that one guy we know who really knows his grammar is good enough. In doing this we risk sacrificing quality. 

Don’t get me wrong there are those snowflakes and unicorns that can pound something out and it is good to go as soon as they type “The End”.

I always err on the side of caution. I assume I am not that snowflake. I am not unique. And by trying to keep my ego I check I truly think I have become a better writer, and possibly even a better person for it.

That is just one combination of the triangle.

If I want quality and speed that means I am going to have to shell out the money for some of the best editors in the business.

You check those rates out?  Over a thousand dollars and that’s on the low side.  You wrote your book fast, but man oh man are you going to pay to make sure it is up to snuff.

If you’re as broke as I am these prices only leave you with one option.  Taking a long time, writing it and editing all while trying to track down that affordable editor, and then double checking THEIR work.  You don’t have to go and layout over a thousand bucks, but it is going to take time to find that editor who is just starting out. Vet editors you meet on our, if they are starting out you have no way of knowing if they are really good at their job or just another putz trying to make a dollar and a cent off of desperate writers.

In some ways I like the idea of working with a new editor. Establishing a relationship with someone while they are trying to get their name out into the community that they have a skill others will want to utilize.  

 I am the same way with new and eager writers. I want to know them and I want to help them.  I want to be able to say I knew the next King or Rowling and that I helped to mold them.

If I am not known for my writing (even if I do follow my own advice with the triangle) I at least want to contribute in some way to the next generation of writers.

Maybe it is a bit selfish or egotistical but I am at least being honest that I am may not have the talent or the luck (some say it is mixture of the two, with the focus on luck) to have my writing take off. Being the Muddy Waters to the Rolling Stones of the future is not a bad thing.  

Side Note: Muddy Waters did have some of his own success, but I think the analogy still holds up.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Jesse Magnan's Blog of the Realms: Remenissions Journey to the Coast.

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