Saturday, December 22, 2007

Robin Hobb's Soldier Son Trilogy

Courtesy  of Eos Books, I received an ARC of the third book in Robin Hobb's Soldier Son Trilogy, Renegade's Magic.

The unfortunate thing is that I have not read, nor do I own, either book 1 or 2. So, the other day I bought both books from Amazon and plan to jump into book 1 the moment it arrives.

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I also ordered a copy of Medieval Swordsmanship: Illustrated Methods and Techniques. Figured it couldn't hurt to learn something about medieval swordsmanship, right?

For more info on Eos Books' upcoming release of Renegade's Magic, go here.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Monday, December 03, 2007

How much do agents make?

The gist of it: not much.

The upside of not being salaried is, in general, that the more you work, the more you make. Oftentimes you can make much more than a salaried employee doing the same type of work simply b/c you control your own destiny much more so than someone who works for The Man.

The downside is that sometimes you make much less than the salaried employee who, at minimum, gets his/her bi-weekly paycheck regardless of how much 'real' work was done. Believe me, I know all about how that works. ;-)

As new writers, we put in a lot of hours with little if any guarantee of any financial return. Especially if you're working on a novel. Think about it--you spend an entire year (or more) of your life writing away, getting that first draft done, polishing, polishing, polishing, then finally get it sent out to an agent or publisher who, statistically speaking, is going to turn you down. Depressing, huh? This is probably why a lot of people never become writers!

Fortunately for many of us writing is about more than just making a living at it. We have to write, because it calls to us, because it's in our blood, cause there's no other suitable outlet for our creative energies.

So, keep writing--the money will (hopefully) take care of itself.

The Rejecter: Agent Salaries