Monday, April 22, 2013
M is for Money
So, yes, I'm very, very behind on the A-Z challenge (but I'm still hanging in here gosh darn it!) AND, it is entirely possible that I may have been dumped from the Linky tool for not posting enough (have to check this!) BUT--I did just get back from four wonderful days at the Pikes Peaks Writers Conference in Colorado Springs and so I'm totally using that as part of my excuses. My other excuses are all boring and everyday, but the conference was fun, energizing, educational, and many many other adjectives.
The conference was also slightly controversial because of a keynote speech given by Barry Eisler, and reacted to by several agents and editors on the very public Twitter Universe. I have many, many, many thoughts about ALL of this, almost none of which am I willing to discuss publicly but have been dishing with personal writing friends (in the safety of actual physical conversations that are not recorded FOR ALL TIME) and what I will say, as a person who was actually there sitting front and center, is this: there is WHAT you say and HOW you say it, and I can't help but think, as a psychologist, the conflict sprouted somewhat from this gray soil.
And because you may be curious, here is the link to Joe Konrath's blog where Eisler elaborated on, and others responded to, the "PPWC 2013 incident."
Oh, and M is for Money because between all the other stuff in that post, there is a nice description on standard money payouts from traditional publishers VS self-publishing that I think is very helpful and good to know--whatever side of the fence you are actively pursuing and especially if you're thinking about having one foot in each.