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Jim C. Hines

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Jim C. Hines is the author of the Magic ex Libris series, the Princess series of fairy tale retellings, the humorous Goblin Quest trilogy, and the Fable Legends tie-in Blood of Heroes. His latest novel is Terminal Uprising, book two in the humorous science fiction Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse trilogy. He’s an active blogger, and won the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. Jim lives in mid-Michigan. Online, he can be found at http://www.jimchines.com. ...more

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Jim C. Hines Hi Cintia,

I don't have an easy answer for you, I'm afraid. This can be a very frustrating and discouraging business to try to break into. I've got a b…more
Hi Cintia,

I don't have an easy answer for you, I'm afraid. This can be a very frustrating and discouraging business to try to break into. I've got a box of about 500 rejection letters, and most of the "successful" writers I know have something similar. Which is just to say, I think most writers sympathize with what you're feeling, and know what you're going through.

And there are a lot of writers out there, but I'd encourage you not to think of them as competition. It's not a zero-sum game, and one writer's success doesn't hurt others. (Sometimes one writer's success can actually help, either by bringing publishers income they can use to take chances on new writers, or by getting readers excited about reading more stories.)

For me, one of the keys was getting back to why I *wanted* to write. I stopped worrying as much about writing "publishable" stories, and just had fun. Ironically, those were the stories that ended up being publishable.

Be patient and kind with yourself. Find what you love about writing, and focus on that. And maybe chat with some other writers? It can help a lot to connect and vent with people who understand what you're going through.

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Jim C. Hines Short answer - yes. If a trading card had enough story content to actively engage the imagination, it would be theoretically possible to use one for l…moreShort answer - yes. If a trading card had enough story content to actively engage the imagination, it would be theoretically possible to use one for libriomancy. There's a similar bit of thinking and theorizing that comes up in book four about video game manuals.(less)
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“1. Bullying is not okay. Period.

2. Freedom of religion does not give you the right to physically or verbally assault people.

3. If your sincerely-held religious beliefs require you to bully children, then your beliefs are fucked up.”
Jim C. Hines

“Freedom of speech does not protect you from the consequences of saying stupid shit.

[Blog post, March 12, 2012]”
Jim C. Hines

“Your religious beliefs are your business. They are not and should not be the basis for law. If you use them as justification to discriminate against others, don’t be upset when others decide you’re an asshole."

[Blog post of July 26, 2011]”
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“There was magic, and there was magic. Thanks to Gutenberg, I could no longer pull wands, potions, and light sabers out of books, but when it came to research, give me a well-stocked library and I was a goddamned Merlin.”
Jim C. Hines, Unbound

“Look at the shiny magic thing trying to kill us, isn’t it awesome?”
Jim C. Hines, Codex Born




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message 7: by Josh

Josh Hi, Jim. Thanks for accepting. I don't get along too well with urban fantasy, but really enjoyed Libriomancer. Looking forward to reading Codex Born soon.


message 6: by Kevin

Kevin Breaux You rock! Love your work!


Steve Jim, I just wanted to say 'thanks for the friendship', it was appreciated -x- Be well!


Jeannie Faulkner Barber Thanks for the friendship, Jim!
Smiles,
Jeannie


message 3: by Beth

Beth Hi Jim,
Thanks for befriending this fellow author here!


William hey Jim
look forward to talking books
William Elliott Hazelgrove
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message 1: by Amanda (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:15AM)

Amanda I don't even know how I got on GoodReads, but am glad you are my friend! ~Amanda


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