Angry Wild Legends

Writing, authoring, publishing, literary stuff of all kinds – plus anything else!

What Other People Think of LGP

I thought it might be useful to show what other people think of Let’s Get Published, so here are a few unsolicited comments:

 

Our
  Reviews
"I
  liked your site & joined while I was there. "

 

  Jenny

  tlcbaskets.com

"good
  site for publishing articles, I wish I knew something about
  it too:))"

 

  Mex

  miragepartnership.com

"Very
  good resource for those seeking to be published. It was
  really easy to navigate and find my way around. Lots of
  information was provided too! Good luck to you here."

 

  Judy

  stagingandredesignacademy.com

"Pleasant
  site, pages opened quickly - friendly feel. Great theme,
  hope it works and wish you lots of success."

 

  jay

  homeworking4me.co.uk/mysteryshopping.htm

"An
  excellent site for the budding or published author to
  showcase their work."

 

  Loraine

  abc123kidz.com

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  your own reviews, free traffic at

 

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June 2, 2007 Posted by | Fav Links, General | Leave a comment

Vindication…

…possibly.

I set up Let’s Get Published (www.letsgetpublished.com) to hopefuly act as a portal for writers, agents, publishers, and editors to meet up in neutral territory, as it were. Getting the interest of writers proved not too difficult, thanks to Sandy Mather (http://writingtoinspireyou.com), and Nick Dawes (http://www.mywriterscircle.com/), and we now have a growing community. The hard part was always going to be convincing the publishing communities (publishers, agents, editors) to pay Let’s Get Published a visit.

So, a couple of weeks ago I released an internet press release (you can probably still see it on Google News, searching for ‘literary agents’ or similar – I think we’re now on page 2), following it up with individually hand-edited (!) emails to likely-looking addresses in the publishing community. The response was mixed, but that is what I was expecting. Some said ‘dont bother us’, others said ‘sounds interesting’. Some didn’t say anything at all, of course.

However, the important point is, that from this initial and very unsophisticated publicity, one literary agent got in touch and asked to become a member of Let’s Get Published! Our very first!

What can I say? I was over the moon! Ok, so it’s just one out of thousands, but it marks the first real positive progress in LGP’s history. The members wer delighted when I told them, and I (currently) have half-a-dozen new submissions to upload to the website. If only I didn’t have to work for a living (LGP really is just something I do in my spare time – though it’s certainly more than a hobby).

Anyway, I just wanted to let the world know the good news. Let’s Get Published is here, and we mean to stay!

May 8, 2007 Posted by | General, publish | Leave a comment

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April 8, 2007 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

And so it begins…

So today I sent off my draught press releases to uptone. These should now find their way, over the next few weeks, onto the internet through various internet press release forums. Then we shall see how effective this form of promotion is. The next stage will be to shoot mails directly to publishers and literary agents. I’ll be provided special site logins to them so they can short-cut directly to member submissions.

April 8, 2007 Posted by | General, publish | Leave a comment

Categories

Who would have thought that consideration of categories could generate such interest and emotion?

It’s very difficult to define a list of genre-specific catergories that please everyone. Some want hybrid categories, others want what I consider to be sub-categories to have full category status. How do you please everyone?

Well, if you have lots of resources at your disposal then you can adopt the Dewey Decimal System, which has top-level classificaitons and a huge number of sub-classifications. Of course, I don’t have the luxury of such resources, so I must try to evolve a set of top-level genre that can satisfy the majority. That’s what I will try to do, and those who are not happy with the results can write their own website!

April 2, 2007 Posted by | Put the Record Straight | Leave a comment

Let’s Get Things Straight

I just want to point out a few things, following a rather irritating email I received criticizing my site. I quote it here, followed by my rebuttle:

“I’ve just visited your website. Why should you think agents and publishers anymore likely to visit it, than they are to read/accept written submissions? Will they want to wade through unknown webpages anymore than they want to wade through unknown printed pages? The idea that they should pay a fee for picking somebody out will turn them right off! I will be convinced when I see some welcoming comments from ‘reputable’ publishers or agents. Otherwise it seems to me that those with fame, celebrity or any other obvious commercial offering do not need to use your site, while those with none of these ‘qualities’ to offer, but who assume they offer talent, will be no better off than if they continue to take part in the present submissions lottery. Apart from what seems to me a potentially dangerous raising of hopes, I note that, like so many sites offering entry to a ‘successful’ literary career, you seem to be heavily linked to those magic tutors who can teach – ‘you, anybody’ – to write. Maybe I’m wrong, but I’ll need some convincing.”

And my reply was:

“Thank you for taking the time to write, and thank you for your comments. I
also want to point out that I am not trying to convince you, or anyone
else of the merits of this site. That is entirely down to every indivudal
who visits. If they like then that’s good. If they don’t, then that is not
a problem to me.

Firstly, I’m not tied to anybody. I’m a single individual who thought they
might try to offer an alternative way for authors and publishers/agents to
meet. I welcome anyone who wants to promote whatever they do in the
literary field, providing it appears to benefit, to my eyes, anyone else
in the field. Perhaps you are referring to (a) the google-ads in the
sponsored links area, and (b) the feature on Nick Daws. What can I say?
Some people have used Nick’s services and appreciate what he has done from
them. I have never used his services, and have never met him; nor does he
sponsor me or this site. Google-ads are just google-ads.

This site is not intended to wholly replace any existing means of
comunication – it is simply an alternative. If no-one chooses to use it
then there will be no more to be said.

What fees are you talking about? I ask for volluntary contributions only;
I simply set what I believe are reasonable suggestions of how much those
contributions might be. This is not a formal business here, and if no-one
donates then I will continue to run the site for as long as I can, for
those people who continue to use it.

As to the raising of hopes, how are they raised more than by the current
method of sending a submission to an agent on spec., and waiting in the
hope they will not send a rejection slip by return? One possible advantage
of this method is that the author has no costs such as postage to provide,
and a benefit to an agent is that, should they chose to switch to
electronic rather than postal submissions, their desk-clutter could be
reduced. Those who insist on hard-copy submissions will not use this site,
and I wish them well. Those who already make use of electronic submissions
could find the number of emails received is reduced. Instead they could
visit Let’s Get Published and navigate to a genre of their choice and see
if, on the off-chance, there is someone worthy of attention. The choice is
open to all.

I offer no guarantees to anyone, and no-one should expect any. This is not
a pay-site, and is run entirely by myself for the benefit of anybody who
wishes to avail themselves of it. I do not specifically promote any one
individual. I do not offer editing or revision services, though that is an
option I reserve. For the present I simply expand on the options currently
available to authors out there.

I hope this will provide adequate answer to any questions anyone is faced with on my behalf

April 2, 2007 Posted by | Put the Record Straight | 1 Comment

Another Rejection

Well, I sent off my 3 obligatory chapters to a literary agency and received yet another rejection. At least it was quieck. How fast do these guys read? The 3 chapters  covered around 80 pages (out of a 400 page manuscript), yet the whole process took just 5 days including the weekend. Yes, ok, it’s a fast turn-around – but you can’t help wondering how much time was actually spent giving due thought to the submission in the round – and ye, I did make a preliminary enquiry with the agency as to whether they would be willing to look at my work. Their response was that they would be happy to but that I should not expect a response inside 7 weeks! So either the reviewer is extremely efficient and made his deliberations fully and considerately in record time, or …..

March 27, 2007 Posted by | Rejection | Leave a comment

How do you learn to write?

I think mostly you don’t.

At least, of course you physically learn to write – you go to school and teacher says “No, no! The letter ‘b’ has the hole on the other of the down-stroke! What you wrote was a ‘d’. Try again!” That’s the mechanics of it, and for many of us that was hard enough. Then, when the basic idea of the alphabet had been instilled, they introduced spolling, which to me is still as mysterious as algebra. (I don’t do sums!)

But that’s not what I mean. (Yes, I know, you shouldn’t begin a sentence with a preposition, but this is my blog so I can do what I like.) If you want to learn about punctuation and grammar/er, an’ stuff, go to http://www.abc123kidz.com and you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Nor am I referring to the deep and mysterious conceptuality of writing. No. What I’m thinking of is the bit that goes between the two. The bit where someone sits down and says “Today I’m going to  write {something}.” There are millions of people who do just that every day; they sit at their desk with pen (or keyboard) to hand and they gaze at the sheet of blank (possibly virtual) paper and begin to write.

Trouble is, most of them begin but somehow the impetus wanes all too quickly, the hand relinquishes the pen/keyboard, and the Great Novel of our Generation fails to transpire.

Writing is hard work, regardless of your chosen genre, fact or fiction. OK, it’s not the same hard work you experience when you’re digging over the garden, or bent beneath the bonnet (that’s alliteration. See? I’m learning!) over the car engine, or when your real work is physically demanding – but it’s hard work all the same, and don’t let anybody tell you different. It’s pressure work, even if you are (like me) an unpublished writer who has no deadline to meet. There’s the pressure of getting all the ideas that are buzzing in your head down on paper before they melt into forgetfulness. There’s the pressure of figuring out solutions to the problems the characters in your prose have gotten themselves into. There’s the effort of researching your material. There’s the pressure of reads and re-reads, writes and re-writes; the taking on board of criticism; the personal acknowlegement that what you wrote was rubbish; and the awful writers block!

Anyway, what all this leads up to is to tell you about a website I found (not my website) that I would heartily recommend any writer to visit. It’s the website of Nick Daws, a well-published author of over 40 books and numerous articles, features, &c. His website – http://www.nickdaws.co.uk/ – and his bloghttp://www.mywritingblog.com – are great places to begin to learn how to actually write. Nick has written a great deal on the subject, and even offers courses exploring all the issues most new writers come across. Before anyone asks, no, I’m not getting paid to advertise this guy! But I do believe he has a lot to offer and would very much recommend, if you are serious about setting out on the tortuous path to literary fortune, that you pay him a visit.

March 25, 2007 Posted by | Words | Leave a comment

Er… ologist?

There’s biology. You get a biologist.

There’s physics. You get a physicist.

There’s biography. You get a biograph…ist?

March 25, 2007 Posted by | Words | Leave a comment

Favourite/Favorit Links

These are some links to sites and blogs that I enjoy.

Let’s Get Published

http://www.letsgetpublished.com – the web portal for wrtiers, editors, literary agents, and publishers – ok, this is MY site, so you can’t say I’m being disingenuous!

http://www.abc123kidz.com – fab educational site for parents and kids aged 5 – 7

http://www.izimi.com – direct file sharing from your own PC

http://loraine.braveblog.com – my partner’s blog, alternatively on http://makemyday1.bravejournal.com

http://www.writingtoinspireyou.com/ – my good friend Sandy’s website, which does what it says in the title

http://www.mywritingblog.com/writer/ – blogsite of Nick Daws, author and publisher of many really useful books

http://nonfictionmuse.blogspot.com/ – blogsite of Susan Harris, who lives an idyllic life in Wales as a published author. Suzie is forum manager for the world’s largest writing resource site, www.fwointl.com – but despite that she seems a really nice, approachable person! You should visit her blog, and from there her websites. AND she’s a member of Let’s Get Published! What a nice lady! 🙂

March 24, 2007 Posted by | Fav Links | 1 Comment