Thursday, March 25, 2010

Driving Myself Crazy

I'm pouring myself into reading lately, mostly for research purposes. I'm trying to learn what styles of writing/storylines are getting published these days. There's no pattern. Every single person writes differently. They use different grammar rules, different POVs... there's no rhyme or reason. Further evidence that getting published is greatly determined by who gets their hands on your manuscript, and when.
I hereby refuse to be discouraged by my own writing--what's the point??
There's a bigger benefit in being determined.
And now I'm addicted to checking books out at the library.
They make it too easy!! All I have to do is go online, search for a book I want to read, click REQUEST FIRST AVAILABLE COPY, and they email me when they set it aside. I mean, how sweet is that?
I think their system is just a bit wonky though, because often I will be #14 on the waiting list, but 3 days later I get an email that it's ready... and I never learn. Because I keep lining up all these books thinking I'll be covered over the next month with maybe a book a week. No. No. They are all ready at the same time, and now I have 6 books. How can I read 6 books before they are due???
I probably can't. But they look pretty stacked up on my table!
Are you also overwhelmed by your "to be read" pile? (Goodreads shows I have 153 books on my list... Since I average 5 a month, that ought to take me, oh, several YEARS to get through those plus all the new ones that come out)

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  1. I love that about the library too! Except our online system is quite buggy, and often fails to recognize my log-in, so I can't manage my account. *le sigh*

    I don't even think about publishing at this point. I'm more concerned with making my MS as best as it can be for ME.

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  2. I have the same problem with my library - isn't it a great problem to have? :-)

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  3. Yikes when you think about it that way it is quite overwhelming!!! I try not to notice!! It's a great problem to have though, you will never run out of things to read, I suppose I prefer that problem on having nothing to read!

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  4. That happens to me all the time with the library. I think I have it staggered nicely and then they all come in at once. It is a great problem to have though!

    And you could go crazy trying to find rhyme or reason to what's being published although there are some definite trends if you just peruse the mass market displays, like paranormal romance and urban fantasy are just incredibly hot right now.

    Still, I plan on just continuing to write what compels me and try my very best to sell it rather than chasing fickle market trends.

    Thanks for a great post.

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  5. I need to use the library more, but I find I like having those spines looking at me while I'm writing.

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  6. i'm not ever overwhelmed by my TBR pile. However i am often overwhelmed by my netflix queues. Yes, multiple.

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  7. I love that your're addicted to books! :)

    I tried to use my library's request system once... it didn't work. Haven't tried it since. LOL.

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  8. Patti - I love my bookcase as well... but my bank account doesn't like me adding to my collection unless it's really something I'll read again, or a particular author I want to support. lol.

    Falen - my Netflix list is well over 100 also... (I didn't know we could have multiple queues! gasp!)

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  9. I have a lot of angst over my TBR pile. There are A LOT of great books I really want to get to, but can't find the time. And still I buy new books whenever I go to B&N or Hastings. Grrrrrrrr....!!

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  10. The library and I are one the same sort of terms. It's more that I just love to read and can't afford to buy new books all the time. Reading is what inspires me to keep writing, so I want to be out and reading in massive numbers.

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  11. Oh my god you just describe me to a tea. I reserve and the I have to go in and renew, mainly because I also am pre-ordering and ordering all the time. Love the stacks though.

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  12. I think you're so right being published. So much seems to depend on luck or karma or the phase of the moon. And whether the assistant who reads it has had his/her morning coffee.

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  13. Yes, requesting books online from your library can be very addicting!!!!

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  14. I love putting books on hold at the library. It is so easy when you've got kids. You don't have to look for them. I do the same thing you do. I put a bunch of books on hold believing it will take a while and then they all come at the same time. I used to read 2 books a week, but that has slowed way down since I started writing. I'm also meeting lots of authors so my TBR pile is growing all the time. It's crazy how many books are out there and it also makes me crazy that I can't read them all.

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  15. Public libraries!!

    When I get hooked by an author I really get hooked. When I earned less the public library service saved my life: I would go in with the back list of everything they had published and wrote the titles on their card system.

    The librarian would check the local network and county wide one telling me which were most likely to be available first and off we'd go.

    I was poor, happy and well read ; )

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  16. I agree, you really have to write what makes you happy. On the books I've written so far I've gone into it thinking 'if I were standing in the bookstore, what book would I want to read?' and then I try to pull together elements I like and things that intrigue me. It may never get me published, but like you said, I really think it matters who gets their little hands on your MS. One fan (agent/publisher) is what makes all the difference!

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  17. I love the library! It's so fun to have no restrictions and just order up anything you want! Sometimes I go overboard but a stack of books always makes me smile!

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