Sunday, May 22, 2011

BLUEBELL SUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS 05/22/2011

TIME AND PAST TIME TO LOOK AT BOOKS FOR THE WRITER'S BOOKSHELF, ALL TO WHILE AWAY THOSE JUNE HOURS WHEN YOU ARE NOT AT YOUR DAY JOB OR AT THE COMPUTER.

THE POETS & WRITER'S GUIDE TO THE BOOK DEAL


THE STAFF OF Poets and Writer's have prepared a guide to the book deal so you can be prepared for a best-case scenario: the acceptance of your book for publication by one of the "big houses" or even an independent press. It covers all the ABC's so that you get a good grounding in the publication process. The essentials are:
  • How books are acquired by editors
  • What to look for in a publishing contract
  • How the editorial process works
  • The author's role in book jacket design
  • The differences between independent publishers and the so-called "big houses"
  • When self-publishing may be your path to a book deal.
It can be purchased as an e-document for 4.99 U.S.D. HERE.

WRITING CONTESTS are one way to garner attention for your writing and they often offer the possibility of publication if you are a winner. The cover story in this months Poets & Writers is all about the the business of writing contests.


BEFORE YOU CAN LAND THAT CONTRACT, though, you have to hone those writing skills. Suggested reading: 

WRITING YOUR SELF,
TRANSFORMING PERSONAL MATERIAL


Copyrighted cover art, fair use.
We wrote the book because we believe that personal writing is very potent both for the writer and the reader, because some of the greatest literature is rooted in personal material. Myra Schneider in an interview HERE.
The subtitle of this book about personal writing is “transforming personal material.”  I think it is implicitly also about personal transformation. It always seems to me that writing and reading about life is a healing activity, a way to live hugely, and a way to empower ourselves and others. If we can do it well enough to engage others, whether our purpose is to leave a record behind for family, to set the record straight, or simply to share and entertain, the experience is rewarding.
Writing Your Self is the most comprehensive book of its type that I’ve yet to read, and I’ve read many. It is organized in two parts:
  • Part I: Here the focus is on life experiences, the exploration of those human experiences that are universal. These include childhood, self-conceptions, relationships, displacement, physical and mental illness and disability, and abuse.
  • Part II: Here the focus is on writing techniques, recognizing material that is unfinished, working on refinements, and developing work projects.
Writing Your Self is rich with examples from known and unknown writers including the authors. By example as well as explanation the authors reinforce what we all intuitively understand to be true: that telling stories preserves identity and clarifies the human condition. It helps us understand what it means to be human. The experience of working through the book was something like a rite of passage.
I very much can see the use of this book by individuals training themselves and by teachers of adult learners who wish to write memoir, poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction. It would be useful in hospital therapeutic writing programs or in writing programs for active seniors. You can purchase Writing Your Self  for 17.90 U.S.D. HERE.
Memories, both recent and distant, tell us who we are and so play a crucial role in our experience of life…
You may have memories which you want to plunge into or you may have material like a diary or letters which summon them up. There are other ways though of triggering memories. We offer a series of suggestions. Chapter 13, Accessing memories, secret letters, monologues and dialogues, visualizations.
I think Chapter 13 alone is worth the price of admission. I work a lot off of childhood memories and even the event that happened two minutes ago comes back to me with a dreamlike quality when I sit to write. I have not thought of the things I do naturally as triggers, but indeed they are. It was quite interesting to see these natural aids laid-out and organized on the page to read: objects and place as starting points, physical sensation as triggers, people in memory, and predominant feelings. The section on secret letters – that is, letters that you write someone and never send – was particularly interesting. I’ve only done this twice in my life, but I know some folks who do it all the time. I’m sure it is a common practice and would make a fine jumping-off point for some. The authors go on to monologues and dialogues – now everyone does that in their heads – and visualization. Hey, if you can see it, you can write it.
I’m an experienced writer and I enjoyed the book and the exercises and learned a few new things, got a few new ideas. If you are inexperienced or stuck midway in a transition from one form of writing to another, you’ll benefit from the exercises, ideas, and instruction inWriting Your Self: Transforming Personal ExperienceThis one’s a definite thumbs-up.
Myra Schneider  is a British poet, a poetry and writing tutor, and author of the acclaimed book: Writing My Way Through Cancer. Your can visit her HERE.
John Killick was a teacher for 30 years, in further, adult and prison education, but has written all his life. His work includes both prose works and poetry. You can visit himHERE.
AND FOR THE WOMEN POETS AMONG US, some moral support from the England-based Second Light Network:
ARTEMIS POETRY MAGAZINE

The Second Light Network aims to promote women’s poetry and to help women poets, especially - but not only - older women poets develop their work. It runs weekends of workshops and readings in London usually twice a year, a residential extended workshop with readings and discussions at least once every eighteen months and occasional other events. It is nationwide and includes and some members who live outside Britain altogether. For more details, link HERE

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7 comments:

Missy said...

You must be privy to the same writers site I am. I love Hopes Clark. Great information.

Jingle said...

awesome information, Jamie.

reading a writing guide is helpful.

handy hints...

bless your day.

Bluebell Books said...

it is good to read Sunday's post,

keep it up, Jamie.

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JamieDedes said...

Thanks all for reading and taking time to comment.

Missy, haven't a clue what sites you are talking about, but would love to know. The info here is from my own contacts and interviews, except for the data on Poets & Writers, which is a favorite magazine.

Thanks for your interest.

RegCPA5963 said...

Thanks for the info. Looks like great resources for prospective writers. The book writing about oneself looks especially promising. I've often thought some of my best writing of fiction was based on my own past experiences.

L Turner

pandamoniumcat said...

What a great blog full of interesting information for writers. I enjoyed the reviews and may I say I love the header...a kitty amongst books...oh and the wise old owl a nice touch.

Di xx