Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Help me Charlie!

Sometimes I wonder if I have too many writing ideas. Perhaps I should be more like my wire fox terrier, Charlie, who's single minded stubbornness is both frustrating and inspiring. Instead, I keep thinking of new things I'd like to write, meanwhile the existing projects get not enough attention, and take forever to finish.

Here's what I'm working on:
  • The Great American Novel
  • A "reluctant reader" middle grade chapter book for boys
  • Two magazine feature story pitches
  • Initial interviews and structuring of a biography pitch
  • Transformation of the Charlie picture book into a chapter book
  • Several blogs, none of which gets enough attention.
Hopefully my new writing schedule is going to help. I'm shipping myself off to the library every weekday and while there am committed to steering clear of social media and all things distracting. So far, the system is working well. Maybe I can actually cross some projects off the list, rather than just continuing to add new ones!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Ebook Ghost Writing for Dummies

I think I'll start collecting some of the finer "ghost writing" job postings I get via email. Take this one for example (original formatting retained for your enjoyment):
Need a recipe writer for a long term basis to ghost write small ebooks (of 30 recipes). The ebook should contain the following:
-A short introduction to the book (1 page)
-30 original recipes
 -A Creative and Descriptive Title
 Recipes need to be original as all the work will be checked for duplicate content.
My budget is $10 per ebook, but this can be ongoing work for the eligible applicant.

I am looking to get 1 ebook a week.

This bid is for the first 10 books, but looking for ongoing contractor.

Please send with coverletter samples of your original recipes, so I can check your skill level.

 **NO UPFRONT PAYMENT - you will be paid in installments, after each book is approved.
I'm really curious whether people actually snap up these offers. Amazing.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Mechanical Swans Make Me Feel Stupid


I hate it when books make me feel stupid, and I just finished one that did just that.

It's called The Chemistry of Tears, by Peter Carey, and is a two-time Booker Prize winner. Perhaps that should have warned me off, but no.

It has wonderful promise, this story that weaves together two stories, or perhaps more than two. Contemporary horologist meets an insane genius inventor through the notebooks of his patron. Grief unites them from their varying points in time. Hints of God and atheism are sprinkled throughout. The book combines mechanics and mystery, and love and friendship between odd fellows.

Definitely lots of promise.

But I couldn't quite wrap my brain around it. I just don't think I'm smart enough.

Oh literary fiction. You are such a tool for humility.