Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Just one of those days.

Have you ever found yourself in one of those absurd, unexpected emotional states where the most irrelevant little thing can bring you to tears?Where the Hell is Matt? almost made me cry today.Watch the new 2008 video at the top of the page. I found it to be strangely touching and heartwarming. I think it's the background music that did it.Whatever it is... there you go.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The most amazing writer's resource I've seen in a long, long, long time. Yes, really.

I'll just steal the wording straight from the site, because Peter said I could:
Help a Reporter Out helps editors and reporters locate authors and other subject area experts willing to be interviewed for articles, books, blogs, and podcasts. Once you register – for free – you will receive up to 3 e-mails a day, each containing up to 10 detailed queries from reporters looking for individuals

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Why I am no longer a Writer's Digest subscriber.

It's a matter of principle, really. I have a problem reading articles on how to gain credibility as a writer that are surrounded by advertisements for "pay us to print your book" publishers. I understand they need to make their money somewhere, but...

Monday, April 21, 2008

Ask someone who cares.

Is print dead?

That seems to be the #1 question in the publishing industry these days. We're heading full-tilt-boogie into a brand-new recession, after all, and that means advertisers and marketers everywhere are tightening their purse strings. As if print magazines didn't already have enough challenges, now we get to look forward to this.

I've been reading a lot of pontification and

Thursday, April 17, 2008

I never thought of it like that.

Here is a little bite of food for thought to get you through the morning break. This comes from yesterday's MMPA editors' roundtable.

Editors, when you are hiring writers, how important are clips when it comes to your final decision? For me, they have always been the makers or breakers. A resume tells me little. According to resumes, everyone can write. I can't evaluate a writer until I see what

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

This is what they tell me.

Hi. My name is Serenity, and I am a Millennial.

That is what those who determine generational demographics say, anyway. Depending on the source, Millennials are those individuals born after '77, '78... '82, '84... right on up to '88, from what I've found. Ill-defined the generation seems to be, but according to most sources, I fall in there somewhere.

Within the industry for which I write, much

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Freelance writing tips to live by.

Anna Goldsmith of The Hired Pens has a fun post at Copyblogger on freelance writing tips. These are good, old, common-business-sense tips from which we could all probably learn a little. My favorite:

Tip 5: But do go out to lunch. The writing life, especially the freelance writing life, can be isolating. And isolation leads to one thing: insanity. So set times for human contact helps, like lunch