publishing industry

anonymous asked:

How do you get a job as a comic artist/creator? Is it like a normal job interview?

One of the best ways to get a job as a comic artist and creator is to exhibit at conventions. There are a few major conventions that happen each year, from NYCC to ECCC to Wondercon, and there are bound to be dozens (if not hundreds) of publishers, small presses, and industry executives scouring the convention floor for new talent.  My recommendation is to share a table with a friend in Artist Alley and to make sure you have both prints and sequential artwork to sell.  Too many artists fall into the trap of only showcasing their prints or their pin up art and as a result they are never considered for sequential work.  Self-publish a short 20-30 page story and get it into as many hands as possible.  If you have more time, develop a webcomic and start building an audience online.  I have seen quite a few artists find mainstream comic work after running a successful Kickstarter to print their webcomic.  Not only is Kickstarter a great way to fund your project, but it is also a great way to get the word out about you as an artist and creator.  Awareness is key.  And of course, you have to have a professional website with your contact information listed clearly on your contact page.  After putting in all that work, some artists forget to put their contact information on their websites– don’t forget to do that! Good luck!

Create a website, create a web presence and get to conventions. This is a rare industry where you are able to meet the editors and CEOs of large companies directly. Editors are usually the ones who hire. Go and speak to them! Get to know them. You want to work in a place where you have great relationships. They will keep you in mind when a project comes up.  But you HAVE to have a digital home. treat your skills as a creator of a business. You judge a product that you purchase or a service you employ when you visit their website. What does your website say about you?

It’s a bit different than a regular job interview! There also isn’t just one way of doing things within comics. That said, here’s what the start of a book might look like:

-In terms of actually finding work, it’s all about having comics you’ve made already (whether alone or collaboratively), both so that you can spread it around and let people get to know your work, and so that you’ve got samples when you’re introducing your work to potential clients.

-When it comes to the job itself, either they’ve seen my work and contact me, or I see that they’re looking for submissions (often via Twitter!) and contact them – usually by email. Most of my clients or publishers are not near me, and in many cases I never meet them in person, though we may Skype! If you’re lucky enough to be nearby though, you might meet to discuss it (which I’d always prefer – it really helps to put faces to names and get a better sense of each other!).

-If they’re not familiar with my work, I’ll show them further samples, and tell them a bit about myself and my publishing history. This is almost never a full CV, but a list of my most notable publications or jobs, so they can see that I have a track record and will be reliable.

-If we’re interested in working together, there’s a bit of back and forth, so that we can see if it suits us both – what’s their budget, what are their terms, do our schedules work together?

-If we’re both happy (yay!), we’ll get a contract agreed and signed, and get to work!
Roxane Gay Pulls Book From Simon & Schuster In Response To Milo Yiannopoulos Controversy
The Bad Feminist author pulled her forthcoming book How to Be Heard from Simon & Schuster over Milo Yiannopoulous's $250,000 book deal with the publisher.
By Jarry Lee

A big round of applause for bisexual author Roxane Gay!!!!

Folks are always talking about things in video games that only 80s kids remember. I thought I’d try my hand at a version of that list that’s actually accurate. So without further ado:

Video Game Things That Only 80s Kids Remember

  • In-game NPCs shilling for pay-per-call hint lines
  • Being legitimately unable to tell whether what just happened was a bug or an intended gameplay element
  • The last level being unbeatable due to an obvious game-breaking glitch that went unnoticed because none of the playtesters made it that far
  • Having to navigate certain rooms in your favourite FPS blind not because it’s dark, but because the primitive lighting engine conspires with ill-considered level design to render the walls and floors visually indistinguishable from each other
  • Artists and programmers sneaking their names into the finished product as hidden Easter eggs because publishers would deny them credit for the games they’d worked on in order to deliberately damage their work histories and prevent them from seeking better offers
  • Frogs

I would not be bothered by anti sjm blogs if they

-talked about other books that have the same issues as sarah’s. or, talked about the ya publishing industry in general and how it can be improved

-actively promoted books by women of color and LGBTQ authors and ownvoices. because it’s probably more important to promote these authors than it is to tear a white author down for her lack of diversity. im all for criticism and have written some of it myself but i also recommend and talk about books by authors who belong to marginalized groups or books that feature marginalized ppl. 

-acknowledged how important the narratives of abuse and recovery that are in both ToG and ACOTAR are

-acknowledged how important the representation of recovery from PTSD is to readers who have experienced trauma

-acknowledged how important it is to have positive representations of sex workers

-acknowledged how important it is to have books that feature female friendship as the driving force

-acknowledged how great it is that acotar and acomaf deal with the issue of male rape victims and the sexual objectification of men

-didn’t treat fans of sarah’s books as if they are somehow racist or support abuse because they read these books. 

-that last point annoys me in particular because so many victims of abuse take comfort in feyre’s narrative and these anti sjm blogs will just scream YOU SUPPORT ABUSE. but lol, no we don’t. 

-didn’t sound like a cacophony of screeching baby pterodactyls incapable of listening to reason 

-made constructive arguments

-acknowledged that not every book is capable of doing all the work that you want it to

-realized that you can still enjoy a book and also have some negative things to say about it. 

-understood the concept that people are allowed to enjoy things regardless of if tumblr rhetoric labels it “problematic”

I want a book magazine

Like, popular and easily accessible. Maybe YA marketed since it’s so popular.

Imagine it: Book reviews, author interviews, book box reviews, spotlights on certain genres, interviews with people in the editing and publishing industry, ads for upcoming books, places to buy book-themed goods, recipes of foods from books, looking a fan art and stuff inspired by books, news from the publishing and bookstore business. 

I want it. Badly.

It frustrates me that publishers are treating e-books like print-books.

It frustrates me that you don’t actually buy the e-book, but instead the license to own one.

It frustrates me that they expect people to buy e-books at ridiculous prices even though people can’t lend most of them, can’t return the book if you don’t like it, or sell it, or donate it.

It frustrates me how technophobic the industry is and how far behind with times.

It frustrates me that I actually have to wait to borrow an e-book at the library if someone already has it checked out. There shouldn’t be a limit, it’s an electronic file for god’s sake!

It frustrates me that only the most popular books are readily available to be borrowed as e-books, amongst otherwise pitiful collections.

It frustrates me that they don’t trust their readers.

It frustrates me that they pit authors against their readers.

It frustrates me that a lot of authors are against e-books because they see as a threat to print.

It frustrates me that many readers with no means are forced to rely on piracy because they cannot afford to read their favorite authors otherwise.

It frustrates me that people think that piracy is the answer, instead of an overhaul of the system.

papershardz  asked:

Is writing still relevant? I'm thinking about going ham on a story that's been in my brain for over 5 years but you know... I've been thinking is writing even relevant i mean obviously people read but like there's sooooo many people trying to make it big but how many of those people actually get there book out there idk I'm so lost in thought what do you think?


I definitely understand where you’re coming from. In today’s society the arts are given great importance in concept, but little to no importance in action – jobs in the arts are hard to obtain, and it often requires a fair amount of luck to stumble into one no matter how talented or skilled you are. People with dreams to pursue the arts professionally – as writers, artists, dancers, musicians – are often given sympathetic looks and asked, “What’s your backup plan?”. It’s hard to keep believing in yourself and your talent/passion when “You’ll never make it!” is coming from all directions. However, I personally don’t think this makes writing – or any of the other arts – irrelevant, for a couple of different reasons.

1. You’re right in that people still read – that means there’s still a big demand for books, and as old authors die or put out new novels less often, the stage opens for new authors to break through. It may seem difficult for writers to break through, and it is, but not quite as difficult as all those warnings that you need to “have a backup plan” want you to think. It takes time and hard work, and yes, you might face rejection, but the key is staying persistent and not taking rejection to heart. A few examples: J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series was rejected time after time (I believe 12 publishers declined it before it was accepted for publication); Chicken Soup For The Soul (not everyone’s cup of tea, but inarguably a public favorite, and now a multimillion dollar industry) was rejected 33 consecutive times; Stephen King himself had his first novel (also the novel that was his springboard to the best-seller’s list), Carrie, rejected 30 times. Persistence is neccessary to make it in any department of the arts, so don’t give up, and continue to sharpen your skills.

2. More importantly, is writing relevant to you? The only thing that matters about creating is that you like what you’re doing – getting published is great, but if you don’t like the stories coming out of your pen, writing professionally will be just as bad as a 9-5 job in an office cubicle. The inverse is true as well: you might be working as a cashier in HEB so that you can stay caught up on the rent, you might have a cruddy car that needs repairs you can’t afford, but if you still write when you can, and if you still enjoy writing, it will be so worth it when you break through.
Art in its purest form always has been and always be for its creator rather than its audience. An artist is a person on a stage in an empty auditorium, talking or singing to himself or just sitting there and painting – people may stumble into the auditorium, like what they see and stay, but even if his audience grows to thousands or even millions of people, the artist still creates for himself, as if the audience wasn’t there. I’m not saying that people who submit their work for publication are in it for the money and aren’t artists – I want to submit my work to a publisher in the future. However, I personally want to do so because writing fulfills me, and I want to spend as much time writing as possible – I know a job takes up a lot of time, so I want to make writing my job. Money isn’t my reason for wanting to write for a living – spending as much time writing as possible is, and speaking to people through my writing.
An example: Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes series, grew to loathe Holmes, because he felt that Holmes took attention away from his historical works (which he considered to be his “real writing”). After he “killed” Holmes, people begged him to bring Holmes back, and he refused – until people started flashing money. Doyle revived Holmes and continued to write Sherlock stories, but they made him miserable.

The foundation of my long lecture is this: if writing pleases you, and if that story’s been in your head for 5 years and it still won’t leave you alone, write it! Even if it sits in a drawer for years before it sees the sun again, if it benefits you to write it, it’s worth it.

Hope this helps! Please, keep writing.

“The Hate U Give” and The Reviews I Hate.

***DISCLAIMER: I saw a lot of the reviews mentioned weeks ago, mostly during release week.***

So, first off, yay! THE HATE U GIVE is a #1 fucking New York Times Bestseller. I can’t be happier about this.

Originally posted by thecynicalcrayon

THE HATE U GIVE (aka THUG, if you’ve seen the hashtag on Twitter) by Angie Thomas is a truly revolutionary book. It’s introduced to the YA community and publishing industry that not only do diverse stories written by people of color and marginalized writers matter, but also that they are demanded by consumers. For years, agents, editors and publishing houses were saying that there was no market for books like THUG. Welp. As it turns out, that was just fake news! Anyway, THUG hitting the New York Times is a massive deal, and I think we’ll see more changes within the industry. At least, one can hope.

The point of this post though is to open up the discussion of how to talk about THUG without being problematic. And this is mostly aimed at white reviewers, bloggers, journalists, etc. I’ve read several reviews, blog posts, Tweets, and general articles about THUG that rubbed me the wrong way, and I’m just going to highlight some of those things here.

My thoughts are probably going to be scattered and this might have a zillion typos because I’ve not yet had coffee and it’s early for me, but just hang with me.

First off – let’s start with the title. THE HATE U GIVE. It comes from Tupac Shakur who had a tattoo and a life motto of: T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E. It stood for “The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody.” It’s a statement of what white society feeds into our youth (hatred, racism, and systems of oppression) and how it comes back around with long, devastating effects and stereotypes between white society and the black community. That’s why a lot of times when we see black and brown kids getting gunned down by racists, we’re always hearing that, “they were no angel. They were just a thug.” This is what Tupac was warning us about. 

The usage of the letter “U” and not “you” is AAVE. The letter “U” is deeply rooted in black culture, mostly through music. I’ve seen a lot of people (usually white reviewers) write “THE HATE YOU GIVE” and though a lot of people don’t get corrected, it’s still kind of a microaggression. If you find that annoying, it’s probably because you’ve internalized that your way of speaking is superior, thus, walking the lines of white supremacy. Ignoring the usage of the letter “U” is erasure of an intimate element to Angie Thomas’s novel and black culture. Please don’t intentionally correct the title to “THE HATE YOU GIVE.” That’s offensive.

Speaking of AAVE:

AAVE is African American Vernacular English. It’s a whole rule-bound dialect of English with very clear, defined grammar structures. THUG is full of AAVE, which is part of the reason I love it so much. If in your review, you mention something along the lines of “a language deficit” or “incorrect/ungrammatical” structures, that’s problematic logic. Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t make it wrong. If you don’t understand what something means, please don’t hesitate to Google, if you can. It will save you.

However, Starr, the main character in THUG is constantly code-switching. Code-switching is when black people switch our behavior and language to certain navigate situations. It’s how we balance who we are with who we have to be at times. Starr lives in the hood, but goes to a very “preppy” school in the suburbs where she’s one of the only black kids in her class. She speaks and behaves differently around her friends than she does when she’s at school and around white folks because she absolutely has to. It’s a survival tactic. That’s a real thing that people have to do. So, stop calling it “inauthentic” and “unrealistic.”

Which brings me to…

Comparisons to novels by other black authors

It’s important not to box in black culture, especially when it comes to language. Yes, we code switch. Yes, we manipulate the English language. But black people are not a monolith. When you read books by black authors who write black characters don’t expect them to use AAVE in it and don’t expect them not to. We know standard English. A lot of us have degrees in English. In a lot of reviews by white reviewers, I’m seeing people compare THUG to ALL AMERICAN BOYS. Just stop it. Don’t. Do. This. You’re totally allowed to like one more than the other and whatever, but comparing the two, saying one is “more realistic” than the other because it fulfills whatever prejudiced views you have of black people and our experiences is pretty dang racist, if you didn’t know.

Lastly, for now because I may come back to this: #BlackLivesMatter


If you haven’t already, go pick up THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas. You won’t regret it. It’s amazing and beautiful and heartbreaking and real as fuck.

Originally posted by usedpimpa

It's not THAT hard to get published... right? WRONG.
Hey! I have a question… Everyone tells me that it’s insanely hard to get a book published, something like 0.01% chance. But then someone else told me that it’s not THAT hard if you write well and have a good story to tell, since most of what is sent to agents and publishers is utter crap. Is this true?
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It’s not THAT hard to become an astronaut. All you have to do is be good at math and physics and have better physical stamina than most of NASA’s other applicants.

It’s not THAT hard to become President of the United States, either. All you have to do is have a (relatively) spotless record of public service and access to the millions of dollars in funding required to run a successful campaign against someone who’s just as good at politics as you are.

It’s also not THAT hard to become a neurosurgeon. All you have to do is go to a top medical school, be top of your class, and memorize the neurological pathways of the delicate and complex human brain backwards and forwards.

For that matter, it’s not THAT hard to become a world-famous actor. All you have to do is be conventionally attractive and good at faking emotions in front of a camera. 

In case I haven’t made my point clear yet, let me spell it out for you: when you put it that way, yeah, it’s really fairly simple to get published… in theory. In practice it’s pretty damn hard. 

One of my authors recently gave birth to healthy twins without anesthesia. She says getting her first book published was harder.

Writing a book is, either fortunately or unfortunately, one of the most common endeavors known to humankind. Everyone and their grandmother is writing a book. Your weird uncle Malachi is writing a book. So’s your bank teller and Mrs. Thompson next door. Some of them will even finish. Some of them are even good writers with good stories to tell, to use your criteria. And all of them are trying to get published. So it’s a game of numbers. This is not a big-fish-in-a-small-pond scenario. It’s a big-fish-in-a-galaxy-of-oceans-filled-with-other-equally-large-fish situation. 

The people who send me utter crap are an amusing and/or frustrating waste of time. But I spend far more time deliberating between pretty good writing. The amount of pretty good writing I receive is at least equal to the amount of utter literary vomit I receive. Of the good stuff, I need to weed out what isn’t right for my publishing house and list (ie. the people with good work who didn’t bother to research who they should’ve sent their query to), and then from there pare it down to what is absolutely blowing my mind all over my office walls at that very moment.

So your book may be very well written, and it might even be a good story in the telling. But as I hear it, NASA’s a pretty exclusive program, they won’t let just anyone do brain surgery, and I’ve seen some pretty fabulous performances off Broadway.

Do your homework. Be awesome. Practice your writing craft and research agents and editors. Don’t take your success for granted based on your innate talents and the value of the story you have to tell.

Standing out above the crap is only half the battle. Be prepared to compete with writers who are just as talented and on top of their game as you are. Do not expect an easy time just because you’re good. Being good isn’t good enough. You have to be better.


P.S. Writing is hard.

Playing Bisexual Book Detective

So here at bisexual-books, we frequently talk about playing “bisexual book detective.”  What does that mean?  It means the strange and frustrationg process by which we attempt to find fiction books with bisexual characters, content, or themes.  Since so few books actually use the b-word when describing their bisexual protagonists, we end up reading the jacket copy for clues as we try to guess whether this “transgressive cutting-edge exploration of the ambiguity of love and sexual identity” is really just about a bi character.

 In many ways it’s like searching for old lesbian pulp novels. In the 1950’s and 60’s, the L-word was rarely used so readers had to look for certain key-words and euphemisms. “Twilight girls” was a good one. “Strange” or “Odd” women. “Shadow worlds.” If you saw a cover advertising the “Shadow world of twilight love and strange women,” you knew you had yourself a lesbian pulp! You can see some good examples here or on the wallpaper of fuckyeahlesbianliterature.

So just like old post-WWII lesbian pulps, modern novels with bisexual characters rarely just come out and use the dreaded b-word on the cover (or as we frequently notice, use the word anywhere at all). So as a public service, here are a few of the phrases we look for when we play bisexual book detective:

  • “ambiguity”
  • “curiosity”
  • “confused sexuality”
  • “fluid sexuality”
  • really if it says anything int he first sentence about a boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife and then a “surprising attraction” to someone later in the jacket description 
  • “cutting edge”
  •  “sexually transgressive”
  • “a novel of desire”
  • an “impossible choice” between two people who are conspicuously not gendered in their description
  • “sexual adventure”

There are two things we want to note about this list: 
First, notice how many of these things are variations on bisexual stereotypes.

Second, notice how they make our orientation all about SEX.  It is dehumanizing.  Bisexuality is not an identity, but a sex act. 

It makes us wince and rub our temples. 

- Ellie and Sarah 

Things you should ask yourself before sending that query letter out to a publishing house
  1. Does anyone give a shit? No really: does anyone in the world besides you, your mom, and Count Fluffula the Maine Coon give a single shit about the book you just finished writing? If you can’t imagine anyone else caring about your book, then maybe it doesn’t need to be published. If you can’t imagine anyone else being moved by it, learning something from it, or enjoying the reading of it in some way, then neither will an editor.
  2. Was I the right person to write this book? Or would this story have been much better in the hands of someone who actually knew what the fuck they were talking about? If you don’t have the knowledge, life experience, imagination, or resources to write about something, then maybe you’d best leave it to someone who does.
  3. Am I saying something that hasn’t been said a million times before? There are hardly any original ideas left in the world, but it’s true that some ideas are more original than others. If the “touching-yet-slightly-humorous memoirs of middle-aged, semi-successful white people” section occupies an entire wing of your local bookstore, then maybe you don’t need to publish yet another one. Similarly, if you’ve ever described your book as “just like Twilight, but with demons who glow and Native Canadian werecaribou!” you should probably just stop.
  4. Do I know what the fuck I’m doing? By which I mean: Did you do your research? Did you take the time to proofread your manuscript? Is your manuscript written in coherent English/whatever language you supposedly speak? Do you have a plan for approaching editors and agents? Did you workshop your story and revise it accordingly? Is this the first long-form prose you’ve ever written? Depending on your answers to the above, then you need to sit yourself down because you’ve got a lot to learn about publishing.
  5. Did I listen to honest feedback on my manuscript? And I mean REALLY listen, and TRULY honest, not the enthusiastic and semi-coherent praise of Aunt Betty after she’s three martinis into a very pleasant recollection of how you look just like your Uncle Freddy during the war and did you know he was a writer too? If your writing workshop friends all say your story sucks, and you decided to go ahead and query publishers anyway because clearly those guys weren’t being serious / don’t know what they’re talking about / can’t recognize genius when it’s staring them in the face / aren’t real writers anyway, then I have no sympathy for you and the deep, dark depression you will enter at your first completely unsurprising rejection letter.
  6. Can I handle rejection? No seriously: Can you handle putting your heart through a meat grinder with fresh duck feces and then hanging it out to dry on a laundry line made of barbed wire and spite? If the answer is no, then maybe you’d best avoid the publishing industry entirely.
DAY 3208

Jalsa, Mumbai              Jan 9,  2017             Mon  11:38 pm

The setting sun over this great metropolis .. its vivid and varied hues, its picturesque presents .. and the beauty of the end of another day .. 

I have always had great pictorial fascination for the evening setting suns at various locations all over the world whenever I had the opportunity to witness that .. and many derived several beliefs on this .. the oft repeated refrain being that the love for the setting sun depicts the setting of your life your career your health, indeed everything ..

At the release of my film ‘Lawaris’ a prominent and feared journalist of the Industry published an article which stated that ‘his sun has already begun to set’ .. the sun in every one of us shall set and give way to darkness .. someday .. its just that some suns may take a little longer .. my sun has indeed set, and I am grateful that it took a little longer perhaps than was predicted ..

From the darkness of the night and the softness of the moon on special occasions, shall appear the blissful sight of another day and another rise of the sun for another day to live to die to set and be back with us again .. tis’ the meaning of life and nature .. and shall never change ..

And then there was the inauguration of the Mumbai Traffic Police safety week .. and the most amazing experience of a visit to their computerised control room ! A truly high tech innovation where hundreds work to track see deliver challans rectify road directions capture violations and sending them penalty cards .. giving images of impending traffic jams, alternate routes to take .. oh .. just so many gadgetry to keep a watch on the entire city .. so impressive ..

Well done Mumbai Police .. you were once known as the most efficient police force in the world, second only to Scotland Yard .. but I am certain in time Mumbai shall and will replace that celebrated police unit in the United Kingdom ..

… and then as life moves on towards the setting sun, a visit to one who having lived his life, suddenly set upon us without warning .. Om Puri .. a prayer meeting for him and our last visit to his environ ..

My love and more .. an early night .. it is required for me to have that 8 hour sleep .. I am attempting that  .. !!

Amitabh Bachchan
When I Call Myself Bisexual
Finding this difficult to believe, I said, "Surely the Human Rights Campaign or Lambda Legal has bisexual board members." Not one openly bisexual board member, they told me. Yes, there was a bisexual woman they knew of on a national board, but she chose not to come out as such. As much as we know that the closet is a sad place, and while I personally frown on closeted gay people in most instances, I could relate to not wanting to disclose all of who you are, sexually speaking, when you're already dealing with the ongoing, daily hassles around just being gay. Who wants to add another layer to one's outsider status, especially within one's own community? In fact, I found it completely understandable that someone would serve on the board of a national LGBT organization and remain closeted about their bisexuality, because I did it myself.

if everything goes well and i do become a well-respected author of novels with gay themes i’m going to pitch an “interpretation of beloved classic les miserables, focusing on the fascinating relationship between two minor characters from the original text” and at that point my reputation will be so well-established that the literati will neither know nor care that i’ve tricked the publishing industry into releasing my 500-page e/R fanfic 

cullynroyson-deactivated2016012  asked:

I've seen a lot of people ask for pansexual and genderqueer characters, so I wrote a novel with characters who happen to identify with those terms. I am fortunate author in that my book is getting into people's hands through review blogs and giveaways. Based on recent book reviews I don't seem to be reaching the audience that wanted the LGBT cast in the first place. How might LGBT authors better connect with LGBT readers?

Without knowing exactly what you’ve tried, I’ll keep this a general overview. 

I’d start by looking at your queer book blogs and review sites.   Send them information about your book, including the title and if your publisher is down with it, offer them an ARC in paper or ebook form.  We would gladly take one here and I’d suggest reaching out to queerbookclub, queerbookrecs, fuckyeahlesbianliterature, and blogs like that.   Also ask those people who they would recommend you promote it to.  Also you should figure out the big book blogs for your genre or age group and send a brief description and offer of an ARC to them too.   Check out some of the book blogs in the tumblr spotlight and see if they seem like good fits.  

And you need to be specific.   You can’t just say ‘I have a book with pansexual and genderqueer characters’.   You need to say “My book, INSERT TITLE HERE, is about INSERT PLOT DESCRIPTION HERE and has pansexual and genderqueer characters like INSERT CHARACTERS HERE.   It will be available INSERT DATE HERE”.   Because if you just send me a vague ask that says “I have a book” then it puts the onus on me to play detective about your book.  And I probably don’t have time to hunt it down.   Likewise nothing drives me more crazy than “contact me if you want an ARC” because it puts the onus on me.  How do I know if I want an ARC?   Now I have to play detective to learn about your book an find out if I want one.  I’ve got a lot on my plate with this blog.    Authors and publishers need to be proactive and contact blogs to say “I want to send you an ARC of this book because INERT REASON HERE makes me think it would be a good fit for your readers, what is your preferred format?”. 

If you’re promoting on tumblr, getting the right tags is key.  Is your book a YA?  Use ya books.  Pansexual is used more often than pansexuality.   Never use the bisexual tag; it’s full of porn.  We use bisexuality.   Write something nice about your book, your writing process, etc once a week and tag it properly.   Ask some of those book blogs to reblog it.  Is your publisher on tumblr?  If they are, they should be writing about you or reblogging your content.   

Once your book is out, nominate it for Lambda Literary Award or make sure it is being considered for a Stonewall Book Award.  If it has bisexual characters, nominate it for a Bisexual Book Award.   

This is just a few things off the top of my head.   I know we have some queer authors who follow this blog, you guys have anything to add?

- Sarah 

anonymous asked:

How bad is the Yenpress scanlation?. I just got into bsd and want to buy official releases bec I want to support the manga but I'm hearing comments on how bad it is.

I’m someone who does not closely follow the publishing industry or how official translation works. The thoughts and opinions I would express were formulated with what little knowledge I have, because I know that saying I like/dislike something without the actual expertise or experience could invite trouble for myself.

For something to be labelled “bad” means there is a standard for what is “good”. Try to go for a strict translation, and you get something that alienates the target audience because it sounds stiff and unnatural. Be heavy handed with the localization, and you end up messing the tone and losing the intended meaning. The ideal translation, therefore, focuses on capturing context AND meaning.

Why fans are calling the Yen Press translation “bad” is, IMO, because the translator got too carried away with the localization. While a little artistic license is encouraged when it comes to these things, both the translator and the editor may have failed to ensure that the translation reads as if it were originally written by the author in the target language without the imposition of their own voices. If we asked why they made the choices they did though, I’m sure they can come up with a good response defending their work. And if one insists on being critical anyway, make sure to be armed with the knowledge of what choices were made and why those decisions had to be made for the translation, not just making do with absorbing others’ opinions on why the result wasn’t good or not.

If you want to support the series by buying the Yen Press release, then go for it. If you think it will be a waste of money, then don’t buy it, simple as that. If you want Yen Press to pay more attention to how they’ll translate BSD in the future, contact them to get their attention. Personally, the Yen Press version doesn’t ruin anything for me and actually adds something to the BSD experience, mostly because we have Victorian Dazai and Chuoya memes. (The latter is a typo which will be corrected, by the way)

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