Great Stuff on the Writers’ Blogs, January 3 & 4, 2013

Whew! A day to catch our breath after Wednesday’s mega-post.

BUSINESS

In her first post of the new year, Kristine Kathryn Rusch (@kriswrites) discusses what to make of one’s Year-End Numbers, that is, not just sales results but work produced. That latter point is one that hubby Dean Wesley Smith also made recently: what matters most is the amount of new work you produce, not how much time you spend on your platform or social media, on editing, or anything else; on writing. That’s a message I know I need to take to heart.

Now, note that Kris DOES NOT say ignore all those other things for the sake of writing. That’s good because Nathan Maharaj (@nrmaharaj), Kobo’s Director of Merchandising, addresses the issue of pricing (and adjusting pricing) in Power Pricing: How should I price my eBooks? on the Kobo Writing Life blog. The goal, he notes, is to maximize revenue, NOT setting the price or even maximizing the number of copies sold. His three tips—stop giving away money, price for today, and use price only to solve price problems (and not others)—are well worth studying. Jane Friedman listed this article as one of December’s best business advice for writers posts.

THE WRITING LIFE

Julianna Baggott (@jcbaggott) reveals The Secret to Writing a First Novel on Writer Unboxed. Want to know what it is? It might surprise you: “I don’t sit down to write a novel. I sit down to make up an opening that compels me to write the rest.” There’s more to it, of course, especially trusting the story, but this is where Julianna starts. This one could have gone in the Craft section, too, but the whole piece deals more with the life of a writer than the craft of writing, so that’s why it’s here.

What Great, or even just Interesting, Stuff have you come across recently? Share it in the comments below.

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