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View Diary: A Kossack's Guide to Book Publishing - part 7 [updated] (87 comments)

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  •  That was a fantastic discussion (4+ / 0-)
    and I watched it very carefully. I would never say that a writer shouldn't do any promotion, just that you have to be very careful about how much and in what way. I do signings, though not many, and readings, and a few conventions. And all of those things are more important for someone who is just getting started than an old pro. I also stop whenever I'm passing a book store that's likely to have my stuff, and I make sure to visit book stores when I'm traveling for other reasons. But I also do a cost benefit analysis on time and effort in vs. results out.

    Dean Wesley Smith does a much better job of arguing the case for how to balance things than I do, and some of that is at his blog. Unfortunately, more of it is in my head from past conversations and perhaps not coming out as clearly as it should.

    P.S. Shana, are you the Shana who is an agent, who goes to WisCon? If so, we've been on at least one panel together.

    Kelly McCullough - WebMage available from ACE books (Penguin) August 06

    by KMc on Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 12:10:32 PM PDT

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    •  absolutely on all counts (5+ / 0-)

      Yes, it's definitely a difficult balance to find, and it is (and probably should be) different for each writer.  

      and yes, we've sat on one panel together, and i'm sure will be sitting on many more!  It's great to see your thoughtful - and quick! - responses to all of the questions here.

      •  Thanks (4+ / 0-)
        Good to see you here as well. Like Swordsmith I'm in writing avoidance mode today, and this makes a great distractor. I started a new book this week after getting two others out the door and taking a vacation, but I don't really want to get back to work yet.

        Kelly McCullough - WebMage available from ACE books (Penguin) August 06

        by KMc on Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 12:49:59 PM PDT

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        •  F&SF is a small world (7+ / 0-)
          For those who are just tuning in, this provides a useful lesson on the dynamics of F&SF. The total number of pros (writers, agents, editors) is very small, like large high school small. I don't know Swordsmith personally and just happened onto these diaries, but I do know Shana though I had no idea she'd be commenting on this diary. It's not six degrees of separation. It's more like two at the outside, so even if it wasn't simply good policy on it's own merit, being polite to everyone is necessary for the aspiring F&SF pro.

          Kelly McCullough - WebMage available from ACE books (Penguin) August 06

          by KMc on Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 01:51:41 PM PDT

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