Friday Round Up & Priorities

28 Aug

On the trip, when I’m hanging with a friend, they seem to very often say, “Oh, and Bria has a great blog where she summarizes all the things you should have read this week in publishing. You should check it out.”

 

I then explain I’m taking a break from doing that on the trip because I’m in different time zones or can’t always get the internet or don’t have time to really do the research because I’m visiting/hiking/camping/sight seeing/researching/writing/etc. Suffice it to say, people are still telling people that.

 

I’m still on the trip, but I’ve been thinking maybe I should start doing the Friday thing again. Only, I realized something interesting: I don’t want to.

 

It began to feel silly. As my online world grew, information began to fly past amazingly quickly. I blame twitter. Seriously, someone sneezes in New York and we know all around the world immediately. By Friday if you haven’t heard, then it’s too late. Sure there are blogs you should still be reading and online mags you should subscribe to, but it comes down to this: When we thought information could move faster, it did. As more and more editors and agents got on twitter this summer, having a weekly round up got to be redundant.

 

And so, here is my advice:

  1. Pick a few blogs you feel like you should be following and book mark them: Pick a day each week you catch up on those blogs. I did a blog post linking agent’s who blog, I’m sure it’s no longer complete, but it’s a good start
  2. Get on Twitter: I was pushed onto it and thought I’d tweet occasionally and maybe remember to look at it once a week. Yeah, I’m on all day. I have a thing that pops up through TweetDeck and tells me someone tweeted that I follow. While I only check my general ones occassionaly, I have searchs for key words and groups that pop up to let me know if somethings going on I might want to know about with agents and editors across the country. Feel free to go to my twitter and steal my follow list: http://twitter.com/briaquinlan
  3. Subscribe to genre mags: Every writer should be getting at least the free industry mags. A good place to start is Publishers Weekly
  4. Make the tough decisions: I’m reorganizing my online reading habits as we speak. Not all agents blog about the industry. Several blogs are reactionary (they’re just reacting to what other agents and industry people are saying otherwise don’t focus on their blog), some are people I know I don’t want to work with, some people have such a big following that when they say something that may interest me it’s all over twitter 27 seconds later.

The entire point of sitting down to my computer — for me — is to get the writing done. And so, while I’ll always blog about things I think are relevant to writing — and especially to my writing — I”m going to have to say, “Time, I reclaim thee!”

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