Hail Mary!

"Writers, if an agent invites you to submit again in the future, they mean your *next* book. One that shows growth and improvement. Not a manuscript you shelved and are bringing out on a Hail Mary. #querytip" — @laurenspieller (agent)

A Sorted Affair

The debate rages – do you organise books by theme, alphabetically, author or colour? (Or a combination??) @lithub looks at how 11 different famous authors organise their book collections. http://lithub.com/how-11-writers-organize-their-personal-libraries/

This got me thinking. Majority of my library: alpha by author, subsorted alpha by title. Exceptions: oversized (tall) books have one dedicated shelf. Writing and reference books in study, unsorted. Cookbooks, gardening books, and photography books each have a dedicated shelf but are unsorted. Quantum physics (I’m not kidding) has a dedicated shelf, sorted alpha by author, by title, by edition. Finally I have two very nice cherry bookcases lined with my finest leather bound volumes, unsorted, to use as a backdrop for future Skype interviews (I’m laughing now) and background for author photos, because I know folks will be zooming in to read the titles of my books out of curiosity. I call it bookstalking, and I’m guilty too. And of course there’s a twin column, almost six feet tall, carefully balanced stack of recent acquisitions sorted by purchase date, reverse order. To be sorted may be the largest category. I have to keep an inventory list on my phone to keep from buying extra copies yet it still happens sometimes anyway.

How To Succeed At Writing (and everything else)

“Patience is the master key to every situation. One must have sympathy for everything, surrender to everything, but at the same time remain patient and forbearing.” Franz Kafka via Gustav Janouch

I think Kipling was angling this direction when he said "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs…"

Kafka said it better, but I appreciate Kipling’s sentiment.



"I think everybody should take the attitude that we’re working to be a champion, that we want to be a champion in everything that we do. Every choice, every decision, everything that we do every day, we want to be a champion." — Nick Saban