becoming published

hello everyone I would like to take a moment to remind all of you that Edward Elric is probably a househusband and a goofy dad as well and there’s also a high chance that, inspired by Izumi and Maes, he brags about his family and often refers to himself as a househusband thank you for your time

~ 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

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.)

fir-trees-unite-deactivated2017  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.

That the identity of the author of My Immortal has finally been discovered, and that she’s since moved on to become not only a published YA novelist, but (based on what I’ve heard) that her books are actually quite good, is the biggest plot twist of 2017. I am honestly so proud of her.

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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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! 

pretty sure by now that fics ruined published novels for me. not because they’re bad, but rather because the quality of some of them is so damn astounding that actual published authors just wind up letting me down

You see all these motivational posters/stories about how Michael Jordan was cut from his first team, The Beatles were turned down by the first labels they applied to, and JK Rowling got turned down by her first publishers.

But honestly none of that compares to the author of My Immortal becoming an actual published author in their own right. She is a true inspiration.

when you grow up you find its more important to be true to yourself as an artist and draw what you want than to be afraid of fandom forces and other peoples petty prejudices because of what they assume you to be based on your style

honestly. just. just draw shit. draw invader zim shit. draw mlp shit. draw EEnE shit. draw homestuck shit. draw literal shit. draw ugly flaccid penises and become a published, well-known artist with whole galleries full of ugly, flaccid penises. draw whatever the fuck fucking style you fucking want.

because at the end of the day? you’re making shit that you enjoy. and you are your most important audience.

A snippet where Invisible Ghost Feanor intervenes in the Dagor Bragollach

The army of Nargothrond marched behind their lord Finrod through nightfall and dark, ash shaded days, along the road past Tol Sirion, heading north as swiftly as they could, into battle. The watery pools and tall rushes of the Fen of Serech lay across the swiftest route into Dorthonion. There was no road across the fens wide enough for the heavily-armoured regiments of Nargothrond to advance along in order.

In the Fens, Finrod’s army, strung out along winding paths and causeways, no more than four abreast, were attacked by clouds of shrieking bats. They drove between the companies, sending them reeling back in confusion. Small swift groups of wolf-riders struck out of the reeds and vanished into the murk.

The Eldar are surefooted, but in this land of shifting mud and water, in semi-darkness, the goblins on their small, four-footed sharp-toothed steeds had the advantage. 

To the people of Fingolfin, looking down from the beleaguered forts in the mountains of the Ered Wethrin into the valley far below, it was all too clear what was happening, but they could do nothing to prevent it: even bows could not reach far enough, and there was no way down. Finrod’s army was being carved into pieces.

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