Notes from An Alien

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Cramming Together What I Can’t Make Stand Alone :-)

As I scan the news and other outlets of content on the Web, I often bookmark articles that seem to have promise as something to feature in a post here.

Well, not all bookmarks inspire me to the same degree but many of them still remain worthy as references some folks may find valuable.

Here are just a few:

Are MFA programs ruining American fiction? ~ Excerpt: “It’s true that MFA programs have produced far more competent mediocrities than shining stars, but that’s also true of every other literary ecosystem. Shining stars are by definition exceptional Yes, MFA grads with nothing to say are now able to say it more skillfully, but authors were pretty good at being boring before university writing programs came along and would surely go on being boring if every MFA program were wiped off the face of the earth. The programs don’t make them dull, even if they also can’t make them interesting.”

Digital fails to curb number of books published in US ~ Snippet: “Traditional US print book output increased 5% in 2010, despite the huge growth in e-books, though there was a continuing fall in the number of fiction titles published.”

8 Things Readers Want From Self-Published Authors ~ “…an excellent to-do list of how self-published authors can be taken seriously by readers.”

Why I Will Never, Ever Hire A “Social Media Expert” ~ Even though this article is written for “business” people, it’s easily translatable for writers as long as the writer considers their promotional effort a business venture

I’ve got some more “can’t-seem-to-make-a-whole-post-out-of-this-article” selections but I’ll save them for another day :-)
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10 responses to “Cramming Together What I Can’t Make Stand Alone :-)

  1. indiebookslist July 14, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Up past my bedtime, but I received your blog post in my email and just had to comment. Excellent. :) Especially #1 and #4. Great info.


    • Alexander M Zoltai July 14, 2011 at 5:21 am

      Oh, good!! A writer actually liked #4 :-)


  2. Selena July 14, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Thank you for sharing these good references!


    • Alexander M Zoltai July 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      Your very welcome, Selena :-)


  3. Simone Benedict July 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    More good stuff, Alex. How can I get my readers to take me seriously? (That’s probably one I should take a look at, hee hee.)


  4. Alexander M Zoltai July 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Simone, you asked: “How can I get my readers to take me seriously?”

    First answer: Don’t even try to do it the way I do

    Second answer: Do it naturally–with the strength and uniqueness only you can bring to it

    Third answer: Are you sure you want folks to take you seriously? :-)


  5. Simone Benedict July 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    After reading, I’m surprised somewhat you haven’t written a post already from the first article. Something I thought about is the further influence the MFA students have on writers in undergrad programs since they are usually teaching creative writing at the larger universities. I’d be very interested in hearing others’ thoughts!


  6. Alexander M Zoltai July 15, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Well, Simone, what I could write concerning MFA programs would all have to be heavily researched

    I tried attending college three times and, while I’ve always *loved* studying, I, apparently can’t stand school :-)


    • Simone Benedict July 15, 2011 at 2:53 am

      Oh man, can I relate, about the school part.


      • Alexander M Zoltai July 15, 2011 at 3:23 am

        Whoot :-)


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