becoming published

~ Sister Signs
  • Aries~Libra: Love becomes relationship, justice becomes law, “I becomes ‘we’“, notes become melody, instinct becomes intellect, ego becomes self consciousness
  • Taurus-Scorpio: Pleasure becomes obsession, creativity become magic, ownership becomes heritage, sensuality becomes intimacy, resource becomes legacy
  • Gemini-Sagittarius: Knowledge becomes wisdom, learning becomes academics, writing becomes publishing, curiosity becomes quest, confusion becomes clarity
  • Cancer-Capricorn: Dream becomes reality, protection becomes law, time becomes moments, creativity becomes business, intuition becomes success
  • Leo-Aquarius: “Me” becomes “us”, personal protection becomes humanitarianism, creativity becomes art, the self becomes individual
  • Virgo-Pisces: Medicine becomes healing, thought becomes imagination, language becomes poetry, service becomes worship, duty becomes sacrifice

I have recently become utterly smitten with the Society of Gentlemen book series by KJ Charles. The book covers are so disappointing and bland and do not do these characters justice AT ALL so I needed to draw the boys myself.

If you like Regency-era stories about gentlemen who like other gentlemen then you should check this series out; it’s got some lovely romance and friendships and supporting-each-other-through-hardship and era politics and scandal and drama and pining.  Not to mention bi and demi and trans characters, and none of the conflicts revolve around anyone being ashamed of their sexuality. Oh, and they all have HAPPY ENDINGS! Also people actually communicate and it avoids so many stupid misunderstandings that are so common in love stories. 

(Basically everything I’ve ever wanted in historical romance and more) 

Tips from a YA Editor by Anne Regan: Crafting a Query Letter

What’s a query letter?

  • A short (single page) introduction of you and your book to a publisher or agent
  • Use professional business letter format, font, and language
  • Do your research about the publisher or agent so you can:
  • Personalize the letter to a specific person (for example, the acquisitions editor)
  • Show how your book meets their submission criteria

Start with the most important information first

  • A “hook” – one sentence that captures the essence of your story and makes them want more
  • To save his world, a hobbit must destroy a powerful magic ring.
  • A farm boy joins the rebellion against an evil galactic empire.

State how your story fits what they publish or represent.

  • I enjoy your fantasy novels and would appreciate your considering my novel Hobbit Wars.
  • Always include the title, genre, and word count.
  • Be sure these meet the submission guidelines for your target publisher or agent.

Include a brief synopsis of the story

  • No more than one or two short paragraphs – ideally no more than 150 words
  • Focus on your main characters, their goals, and the obstacles they face to achieve them
  • Don’t overdisclose – leave the editor or agent wanting to read more
Wrap it up
  • Include a sentence or two about yourself
  • Include any writing credits, awards, or special background that influences your story
  • Thank the editor or agent for their time and consideration
  • Based on the submission guidelines, include the manuscript or excerpt or let them know it is available on request
Advice I gave my kid today (that I wish someone had told me)

When I gave this advice to my kid

“You know how people say follow your passion? Or Follow your dream? So that when you grow up your passion is your job?” 

Kiddo got excited saying yes they’d heard that advice a lot.

“Well sometimes that’s not possible or even desirable.”

Kiddo got very still at that.

I used writing as an example explaining that I loved to write, but when I tried to write with the aim of being a published author it made me hate writing and eventually unable to write at all. It was only when I started writing again just for fun that it became something I did a lot and it genuinely became something I loved again.

I pointed out plenty of people do become published authors but it wasn’t right for me.

I said passions can become careers but they can also stay hobbies and that was okay. 

Kiddo thought for an example of something they love to do that they wouldn’t want as a career and yelled “YOUTUBERS!” and I’m like “Yes?” and Kiddo said “Some of them make their job playing minecraft and I love minecraft but I’d never want that to be my job. I want it to be a hobby only”

And I was “Exactly”

I also said you can go to university, get a degree, and end up in a completely unrelated job like my husband who’s degree in physics isn’t really relevant to his job co-coordinating a very large department of people. He enjoys his job but it’s not his “passion”

I pointed out a lot of people seem to feel people should have their whole lives planned out at 16 and that this was completely stupid. 

I said “What you do for fun or because you’re passionate can become your career but then you always run the risk of what you do for fun becoming ‘work’ and losing the passion that brought you to it in the first place. Also at times you need a job to pay the bills but your hobby can still bring you joy.”

Considering Kiddo is like me, incredibly stubborn with a perfectionist streak, I know how the pressure that “Follow your dream” can inflict. It can make you feel that unless you are a high achiever in a “career” that you’re “passionate” about you are failing and garbage.

Hopefully this advice will help counter act that notion for Kiddo.


Remember his comments as a 20-year-old?

Everyone in the studio was speechless after his statement about how parents should raise their children to become someone like him. (this is just a rough translation)

M1:(right after his answer) I give that 100 points *everyone laughs*

W1: There’s nothing left to say, right?

M1: He’s even good (put emotions) in his answers…

W2: Even for parents find it hard to say that (what he said abt there are good points in their children). Last time when I watched GPF together with my son, and he said that he also want to become like Yuzuru Hanyu. But now that I listened to Hanyu, I realized it’s impossible.*everyone laughs*

M2: (was asked for his opinion about Yuzu’s answer as a 20-year-old) Oh, how to say this? It doesn’t seem right haha……

Everyone just went on about how he doesn’t seem like 20 years old at all, from his answers to his expression on ice. 

Guys, I know, I feel the same. This boy is a gift to the world (or an alien). He never seems to be his age, physically and mentally. He looks forever younger and thinks like so much older than his age. Truly belongs to Hanyu planet XD

fir-trees-unite  asked:

Hey mom let's say I'm a writer and let's say I wanted to hire a freelance editor and let's say I wanted to be Mr. Fuck Your Rate I'mma Pay You Way More Because You Deserve It --- what do you consider a fair/ideal rate for editing work?

It really depends on what kind of editing work you are engaging them for. Is it a proof and grammar only? Or do you want copy edit and feedback? Or do you want to engage them for a process of all of the above?

Some editors will list their fees per how many words they edit, and some houses will even pay their editors per word, but I have found this system to be utterly, utterly shitty for everyone involved who is not at the top taking a huge cut. 

I’ve spent maybe a month working on something which was 100k words, and the author had to pay a premium rate in the thousands, but I did minimal work to it like fixing a few errors here and there.

I’ve also spent a month working on something that was less than 10k words, but only got paid the going rate for 10k, regardless of the fact that it needed so much work I couldn’t take on any other projects during that time.

This is why I now list myself as per hour, not per word, and request people send me their file/manuscript in full first so I can read through it and determine how much work it will need, rather than offering a blind estimate per word count. In my FAQ I have it listed as a $50 reading fee once the manuscript goes over 10k words ($100 if it’s a 100k+ manuscript), but I’ve been so desperate lately I’ve actually lowered it to $25.

The rates I am currently charging are $25 per hour for anything under 10k, and $50 for anything over that. That’s my rate for copy edit, and it’s half what my rate for copy edit was in house. 

If you’re only wanting proof reading for minor fixes, I’m only taking $25 per hour (provided it wasn’t a total nightmare on the read through), though I have gone lower if it’s been something really short and I know it’s not even going to take me the full hour to work on. Basically I try to make it as fair an exchange for both of us as possible. I know most of the people trying to engage me for work are broke, I know most of them are college students or in a similar situation to mine, but I am also trying to not drastically undersell my work either because I also need to eat.

So if you take the idea at the moment that a living wage, and I mean a basic “you’re able to make ends meet without killing yourself working 60 hours a week” wage, is $15 an hour, you’re probably looking at paying someone a minimum of $20+ per hour for the time as an editor at a base rate. That is, if you want to pay them fairly, and even then I have some editor friends on here who are likely hissing between their teeth at me for low balling it.

But like I said, there’s a lot of work out there being sold for significantly less than that, and it’s killing us, it really is. I had an email this week from a freelance site from a client wanting me to rewrite his entire 100k manuscript for $150 and he thought that was “more than fair”. When I told him it wasn’t and I would not take on something of that size for anything less than $500 at a minimum, he went off on one about how there are other editors out there just desperate for work. And that’s the problem. 

Also, just throwing this out there, if an editor hits you with a quote and you think “wow, I can’t afford that, guess I’ll not bother…” ask them about payment plans. If this is a project we will likely be working with you on for several months—and if it’s long we likely will be—some of us are more than happy to accept monthly installments. We’d rather have secure reliable work and take our time helping you to create the best damn thing that you can, than have no work at all. 

And we want to work, we want to help people make awesome things, we want to see you get published and become successful because then that means you’ll write more which means we’ll get more work and do you see where this happy little cycle of productivity is going? I hope so. I really do, because the way current freelancing and editing work is set up, it’s helping no one. 

Anyway, I hope that is helpful and answered some questions. If not, sorry, I’m tired and heading to bed. I hope when I read this in the morning it’s not just an incoherent ramble but who knows, maybe I made some sense.

anonymous asked:

gillian hasn't encouraged gillovny shippers since august last year. she stopped for a reason and that reason is apparent: she's dating peter morgan. she even said she's not single and you still won't let it lie. gillovny is becoming more and more of a distant memory and you're just wasting your time. it's embarrassing.

oh for god’s sake! You are so wrong. She tweeted about David in latex in October what should consider gross and disrespectful if she was already with another guy! She also tweeted funny video where Gillian and David were wishing Merry Christmas. She wouldn't do that being with another guy and knowing that people still ship her with David. She changed her social media and it has nothing to do with David. She changed it because of people like you. Because of the things people say about her and PM, when she didn’t give fans any reasons to do that. Many of them didn’t believe her sincere interactions with David but believed with some fake appearances with another guy. I see her losing the enthusiasm to run social media after what she has read about herself and David since November. And I understand her perfectly! 

Reblog this if you’d be willing to answer some questions about being an incarnate angel.

I’ve decided my book project for this year will be about incarnate angels. I have a few ideas for the content of the book, but nothing is set in stone yet. The title is still a work in process as well. Since I’m only one person, I can’t speak for every angel out there; therefore, I’d like to get as many opinions on certain topics as I can.

You can reblog this regardless of your religion, age, gender, sexuality, birth sex, physical appearance, weight, etc. As long as you identify as an incarnate angel, I want to hear your opinions. Whether you see yourself as an angel currently, believe it was a past life, or even view it in a psychological sense, I want your input. 

Please spread this around and share it with your #actuallyangelic friends.

None of your personal information will be used without your permission. The questions I ask will pertain to how you discovered you were an angel, how you found your name or form(s), what religion you come from (if any), what you feel your purpose is, how you feel about the community here on Tumblr, etc//

If you reblog this post, I will send you a questionairre to fill out and send back to me, if you’d like. You do not have to answer every single question, or share the response of every question with me. Feel free to leave questions blank if you’d prefer not to answer. 

Thanks for reading - I hope to see some interesting responses!

(PS: My messages, submit, and askbox are all open if for whatever reason you can’t reblog this post.)

Alright, so I found out something weird today that has really unsettled me and I just needed to say something. (I want to preface with I’m not mad at the person who did this, ok so—)

Today I found out that ‘call me beep me’, a voltron fanfic I wrote, has been listed on Goodreads. After I laughed for a few seconds at the absurdity of a fic I wrote being my first piece of work on Goodreads, I started to feel a really horrible sinking feeling in my stomach. My first piece of work on Goodreads, under the name I want to when (if) I become a published author, is a fanfic. A fanfic I adored writing but a fanfic that is also not professionally edited not anywhere near the professional publishing standards I would expect from a book listed on Goodreads.

And then I realised that cmbm wasn’t the first fanfic of mine that has been added to Goodreads, but one I’d written earlier and am nowhere near as happy or proud with. So I click through that profile and there’s a comment from someone insulting my writing which - fair enough, reviewers are entitled to that but my fics aren’t professionally edited and published pieces of work. Goodreads is largely a space for published books that have been professionally edited so to have my writing picked apart on held onto the same pedestal as actually edited and published work when it is clearly nowhere near that standard and never should’ve thrown in the same league…just made me feel so bad.

And what’s worse is that nobody even asked my permission to list those works on Goodreads. Please don’t do that guys. I’m sure there are fanfic authors who won’t mind having their fics listed on Goodreads, and I’m happy for them, but there are also plenty of us who do. And I’m one of them. I don’t want my unedited work I wrote for fun listed under my name on a site where one day I kind of want to have a for real published book. It’s not a good look.

Anyway, like I said, I’m not mad at whoever did it, I doubt they even gave it a second thought, but please…if you’re even thinking about listing a fic writers work on a website they haven’t already posted their work…at least have the decency to ask them.

Australian mechanic helps discover four-planet solar system

Andrew Grey, a 26-year-old from Darwin, took part in the Stargazers Live event broadcast on ABC

By Helen Davidson

An Australian mechanic is about to become a published scientific author after he contributed to the discovery of a four-planet solar system during a crowdsourced astronomy event.

Andrew Grey, a 26-year-old from Darwin, took part in the Stargazers Live event broadcast over three nights on the ABC this week.

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Josh Hutcherson AMA Transcript

This is the transcript from Josh’s AMA on Reddit on February 16th, 2017.  All spelling and grammar errors are as written by the original people  This is very long, so the majority is under a read more.

Q:  Do you miss working with the Hunger Games cast?

Josh:  yes… they were the best! family forever. i miss them all dearly… however we still hang now and then and keep in touch.

Q:  Hi! What’s your favorite television show to watch?

Josh:  the Bob Ross painting show… i can benge for hours

Q:  Hey Mr. Hutcherson, is there any actor (that you have not yet worked with) that you wish to work with someday?

Josh:  so many…. joaquin phoenix is up there for sure.

Q:  Hi Josh, You got second class treatment from Rosemary Telesco and continued with Katniss Everdeen. Does it hurt your feelings?

Josh:  hahaha…. life imitates art…

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Harlivy Headcanon + Fanmade Characters.

Vin Amelia Isley-Quinzel, Daughter of Pamela Isley and Harleen Quinzel. She is 5'6" and her birthday is 16th May.

She Loves plants, Books, Dogs and cute clothes.

She is Bisexual (and is dating Barbara Gordon but would never admit it).

Vin’s lifegoal is to become a publishing author.

9 Great Young Adult Novels For Politically Engaged Readers

“These stories are important precisely because they’re challenged; the more unheard perspectives are released by publishers, shared by gatekeepers and connected with readers, the less they’ll seem like dangerous anomalies to the people doing the challenging.

And, there’s a long way to go before equal representation among published authors and characters in published books becomes a reality. “

This list of YA for politically engaged readers on Huffington Post is A++.

kyo_official twitter 2017.04.30


While there are many types of news published
That become a chasing you mental burden
Nonsense becomes normal, Japan’s mind has gone loose


I arrived at Weybridge and told John I had this idea of trying to write off to a publishers to become a paperback writer, and I said, ‘I think it should be written like a letter.’  I took a bit of paper out and I said it should be something like, ‘Dear Sir or Madam, as the case may be…’ and I proceeded to write it just like a letter in front of him, occasionally rhyming it.  And John, as I recall, just sat there and said, ‘Oh, that’s it,’  ‘Uhuh,’  ‘Yeah.’  I remember him, his amused smile, saying, ‘Yes, that’s it, that’ll do.’  Quite a nice moment:  ‘Hmm, I’ve done right!  I’ve done well!’
—  Paul McCartney, Many Years From Now

I really want y’all to know something? A little under 2 years ago was the beginning of a downslide for me. I was a wreck emotionally, physically, academically and psychologically. My life was plagued with toxic ass friends, and partners that didn’t have my best interest at heart. I considered suicide, and engaged in *HEAVY* drinking to cope with the emotional distress I was feeling. My grades dropped, I didn’t talk to anyone and I felt supremely alone. I went back to an old partner that was nothing but more headache and heartbreak, and since I knew how everyone felt about him I didn’t feel I could talk to anyone and felt trapped. I ended up losing my job, couldn’t get out of bed, struggled to pay for school and cried on my bathroom floor more times than I could count. But around 5 months ago I did something: For the first time in a long time, I did something for me. I changed my major, I stopped hitting up old partners begging for apologies, and/or attention, going to the gym, eating better, I started talking more about what was going on and it changed everything. Right now I hold down an internship(and a job), have a direct life plan, my skins clear, my weight’s good, have several mentors actively working with and for me, beginning the process of becoming a published author, working on my thesis, and am saving to purchase my own car. 

For the first time in forever, I can see my happiness within my grasp and I can see myself having a future. For a long time, I could never see myself getting old because I figured one of my many bad life decisions (suicide, alcohol, or partners) would end me early. I read, and soon I’ll be back to art.I have goals, ambitions, and dreams I’m excited to be working towards. Don’t mistake it, I still cry at times and I’m working through therapy to help with some of the things I’ve been through, but my joy is on the horizon and I finally understand what it is to have peace, joy, positivity radiating through my body. 

These photos are from the last 3 days after celebrating my 21st birthday last week and I can’t help but smile at how far I’ve come.

It does get better.