Lots of info here. I got this in case there was something I was missing. I was also hoping it would talk about foreign rights, but it didn't really toLots of info here. I got this in case there was something I was missing. I was also hoping it would talk about foreign rights, but it didn't really to speak of. Oh well, it was a quick read. Probably very informative for folks who are new to publishing. ...more
Interesting take on creativity and the specific form it takes based on your Myers-Briggs personality type. This makes a lot of sense to me. It was espInteresting take on creativity and the specific form it takes based on your Myers-Briggs personality type. This makes a lot of sense to me. It was especially interesting to read the part about sensing vs. intuition right before going to a critique meeting and hearing feedback on a story I wrote. It was really obvious who the sensors in the room were! They did not get my story at all, whereas the intuitives could really dig it. Fun stuff.
Also, I used to think there was something wrong with me because I get so personally attached to everything I make (even food!), and it seems like everything I write or create is about me. But apparently that's just how it is for F types! It's ridiculous how much better that makes me feel.
I would like to finish reading this, but I'm out of renewals. Left off p. 179.
Notes: p. xxiii "According to Gallup, 71 percent of us are "not engaged" or "actively disengaged" in our work, meaning that we're emotionally disconnected from our workplaces and are far less likely to be productive or creative--and it can become a vicious cycle. (2) Only one in four people feels that they are living up to their creative potential. (3)"
The copy I'm reading is from 2003, so it's a blast from the past. Still a lot of good info in here, but a lot of stuff is out of date. Reading this maThe copy I'm reading is from 2003, so it's a blast from the past. Still a lot of good info in here, but a lot of stuff is out of date. Reading this makes me super grateful to be publishing now, not then, though!
This book is very dense with good information. From what I've seen so far, a current edition would be well worth reading.
So many details, this book eventually wore me down to the point where I didn't want to read any more. Left off p. 217.
Notes: p. 62 Get Literary Market Place (UAH library has)
p. 129 List book in directories: ABA Book Buyer's Handbook, The Book Buyer's Manual, Book Dealers Drop Ship Directory, Book Trade in Canada, Canadian Books in Print, Contemporary Authors, International Directory of Little Magazines and Small Presses, Literary Market Place, Publishers Directory, Small Press Record of Books in Print, many others.
p. 140 Figure 10% of your print run for review copies. 3000 makes a good initial print run.
p. 142 "For comparative sales figures, call Ingram's automated stock sales system (known as FREDDIE) at 615-213-6803. Just punch in the ISBN to check the rate of sale for the various books you have located on your subject."
p. 147 Book stores usually get a 40% discount. Discounts outside the book trade: 1-2: No discount 3-199: 40% 200-499: 50% 500+: 55%
p. 154 When people are late paying bills, send another copy of the invoice with handwritten note such as: "- Is there any reason why this past due bill has not been paid? - If you are unable to pay the whole bill, won't you evidence your good faith by sending us a partial payment? - We subscribe to Dun & Bradstreet's Commercial Collection service. - If payment is not received within 10 days, we will be forced to turn this matter over to our attorney for collection."
"SKO-Brenner-American is a collection agency specializing in the book trade. They publish a monthly confidential list of delinquent bookstores and wholesalers." skobrenner.com
p. 188 big list of places to seek reviews
p. 193 with review copy, send sheet with all info about the book: Title, author, edition, number in print, CIP/LC, ISBN, pages, price, publication date, request for a copy of the review, sample review in the form of a news release (short and long version). Also quote other reviews if you have them.
p. 213 To get on a tv show, find out who the producer is (you can call the station where it's produced and ask, or look in directories at the library)
Got this book because it's the sequel to Getting the Love You Want : A Guide for Couples. Unlike the other book, this one is actually meant for singleGot this book because it's the sequel to Getting the Love You Want : A Guide for Couples. Unlike the other book, this one is actually meant for single people to read, so I figured it would be even more relevant and helpful. But so far, it's all just a lot of hectoring and pontificating about how our society "today" (over 20 years ago now) is being destroyed by all these divorces and how marriage is the only true path. I guess it's this guy's book, so he has the right to think he knows all the answers for everybody, but that doesn't mean I like reading it. This is the most annoying book I've read in a long time. If it doesn't get better soon, back it goes.
Lost interest, but I still think it would probably be good to work through all the exercises in this book....more
Read the beginning but dutifully stopped before the 30-day part. Definitely want to try this.
Read weeks one and two during April 2015 NaNo. Then dropRead the beginning but dutifully stopped before the 30-day part. Definitely want to try this.
Read weeks one and two during April 2015 NaNo. Then dropped out and didn't read the rest. I'd say better luck next time, but even the first 18,000 words made a huge difference as far as pulling me out of depression. From that perspective, this book is literally a life-changer.
Notes: p. 95 "Here are some time-tested plot-providers to consider: Can someone in your story get fired? Can a marriage or relationship implode? Can someone get a disease? Can someone die? Can an unexpected windfall occur? Can someone be wronged, and set out to exact vengeance? Can someone find a precious or unusual object? Can your character set off on an impossible quest or journey? Can someone try to be something they're not? Can someone fall in love with someone who is off-limits or wildly inappropriate? Can your character be mistaken for someone else? "If all of these questions sound suspiciously familiar, it's because one of them (coupled with the all-important 'What would happen if we added an orangutan to the mix?') has driven teh plot of nearly every movie you've ever watched and every book you've ever read."...more
I really want to know what this book says but I got stuck in chapter 6. Left off p. 244.
The beginning is about what's wrong--why such a large percentaI really want to know what this book says but I got stuck in chapter 6. Left off p. 244.
The beginning is about what's wrong--why such a large percentage of people seem to be unhappy, depressed, or screwed up in some way. It was nothing I hadn't thought of, but it was kind of reassuring to see it all there in black and white. No, it's not my imagination or that I'm too sensitive. Modern life is just messed up and damaging.
The main recommendation I've seen so far for how to fix it is mindfulness.
Notes: p. 127 "In Undoing Depression I discussed a simple method for how people with depression could get under the surface of their minds and become aware of how emotional reactions, which were repressed, surfaced later as brief depressive moods." It's the mood journal. When you notice that your mood has shifted, note the date and time, the change (ex. happy to sad), the external circumstances, and the internal circumstances (what you were thinking about, etc.)
p. 175 Many patients report that antidepressants help them detach from their worries and resentments.
p. 180 Exercise 6: My Biography Write your name at the top of each page, and "age 5," "age 10," etc. up to your present age. For each age, write about: - What were you like? What did you like to do? Who was most important in your life at that time, and how did they make you feel? How were you different from other x-year-olds? - What was the trouble? (What made you unhappy, worried, feel bad about yourself, etc.?) - What would you tell your past self now that would help? - What were your biggest fears?
Once you've done that, look back over the development of your fears and think about the connection to what you're afraid of now.
p. 182 Depression assumes that "If you can't make it in this perfectly wonderful world, obviously you're defective somehow."… "I want to give you a new message: don't assume it's your fault… If you're unhappy it may be much more effective to change the world rather than yourself." (emphasis the author's) ...more