Literary Bullying?

I read this post today from the blog, Write In Between. The writer talks about the attitudes expressed to her for showing an interest in popular fiction rather then focusing on that which is “literary”. This got me thinking….

Lately I’ve come across several displays of judgmental intolerance concerning the written word. You know them–the stone-throwers–people who can’t come to terms with the fact that not everyone is just like them. There are many who thrive on building themselves up by tearing others down. But if you are a writer, behaving toward others in this manner is almost as smart as shooting yourself in the foot.

I said almost as smart…

But, not quite.

Recently I came across a blog spouting horrible insults at any woman brainless and pathetic enough to ever enjoy reading a romance novel. Turns out the writer is a fiction author. I think he writes “guy” novels–action, espionage and the like. I suppose he believes his own writing is far superior to anything the romance genre could ever produce. Who knows. He could be right.

Here’s the thing…

I sometimes read “guy” books. I was such a voracious reader as a girl, I would often pick up stuff my dad had lying around the house. As long as it wasn’t too violent (I’m not big on horror) I’d read it. Even now, I am still drawn into these types of books from time to time. And I doubt I’m the only reader in the world who is tempted to cross genre lines and try different things. So… do you see what this guy does? He cuts off a portion of his own potential audience by slinging his vicious attitude directly at readers of a certain genre.

Might I enjoy reading one of his books? Maybe. Will I ever buy one for myself or as a gift? Not a chance.  Perhaps I am stupid enough to to read the occasional romance novel. I, however, am not stupid enough to give this jerk my money.

To wrap things up, I’ll say this: every author has the absolute right to act like a pompous ass. We would never deny them that right. On the other hand, readers have the absolute right to choose which authors they do and don’t support. If you are a writer, even one who is not yet published, do yourself a favor and always keep that in mind as you tweet/Facebook/blog your opinions to the world. It only takes one thoughtless comment to destroy a career.

And if you experience “literary bullying” here’s my advice. Read the genre you want. Write the genre you want. Be who you are!

Laura Ritchie

The Rules Have Changed for Authors

I’ve learned so much about the whole

“Social Networking” thing these past few months, and I just wanted to share this blog by Donna Newton.

The balance has shifted. Nowadays, the majority of published authors find they are responsible for most, or all, of their own promotion. Donna offers sound advice to prepare writers for that eventuality, and some great books that will guide them along the way.

http://donnanewtonuk.com/2012/03/16/so-you-want-to-be-an-author-part-three-social-media/#comment-1677

Keep Writing!

Laura

Been Reading the Dresden Files

One of my goals for 2012 was to do more reading. I kept it easy, only two books a month, more as a reminder to break away from the computer once in a while. So, I started reading the Dresden Files series. I’m going to add my posts here from Goodreads on both of the first two novels. I know I’m going a lot easier on these books than some reviewers. I just really enjoy the premise, and have had a good time reading them so far. Two books down… twenty-two to go!

Storm Front- A Novel of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

My Goodreads review on “Storm Front”:

I started out on the audio book for this one, and I loved listening to James Marsters. His voice is great for the part. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to finish the audio, and switched over to my print copy.
I’m not great at reviews. I just enjoy something, or I don’t. This novel had a few problems, but overall I loved the concept of a practicing wizard with a listing in the yellow pages. It was entertaining enough to make me overlook things that others complained about. I’m more than willing to continue the series.

Check it out at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8149249-storm-front

 

 

 

 

Fool Moon- A Novel of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

 

My Goodreads review on “Fool Moon”:

I know folks have some complaints about this series,and I can see some of their points, but I still really like it. It’s a fun adventure and an enjoyable read.

That said, my worst problem with both the first two books has been with Murphy. In “Storm Front” I kept thinking that for such a great cop, her actions were kind-of stupid at times. The feeling only got worse in “Fool Moon.” Granted,she’s not the hero, and isn’t meant to save the day… but does her behavior have to be a major cause of problems that seem to make things change for the worse?

This was another neat take on supernatural beings. It looks like Harry might be opening up to the idea of a relationship, and we got to see some more glimpses of his hidden past. Most of the time, the story moves along well, making this a fairly fast read. I’m looking forward to the third installment.

Take a look at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8150561-fool-moon

Keep Writing!

Laura

Where I Am Now

As Dory says, "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming..."

Thinking about what I want to accomplish with this blog, I guess the first thing is to talk about is where I am.

I have completed two novels. The Enduring is an 80,000 word, young adult contemporary fantasy. Heart of the Jagdiip is a 96,000 word, young adult high fantasy that reaches into the contemporary world.

I sent out several queries for Heart late in 2010, but stopped over the holiday season. By the time I could begin again, I was busy writing The Enduring, pushing everything else aside until I finished it this summer.

Currently, I am querying agents with The Enduring. While waiting for replies, I continue to polish that work, and also made the decision to do a major edit on Heart as well, shifting POV (point of view) around a bit. My side project is to outline the ideas I have for sequels of both novels… just in case. Heart has the potential for four sequels. The Enduring can be expanded to a trilogy. I would love to finish both of these series, but will probably choose something new to write next. There is little pointing in devoting months of my time to a sequel until there is interest in the first.

So, that’s what I’m up to. I have some other plans coming up, but I’ll save that info for my next post.

Keep Writing!

Laura

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