No - this post is not about cooking. (Although I may do a couple of those along the way. You never know.)
Well...if I were an appliance, I would most likely be a toaster. I tend to go with my gut response to a lot of things, which can sometimes be an amazingly bad thing, or astonishingly good thing, depending on the situation.At other times, I'm a crockpot. I stew on things a while, mull over all the finer variances, and then give a final verdict (or final product) after an extended length of time.
Lately I've been doing the crockpot routine, so to speak. The idea in question? I've been "mulling over" an idea for a regularly posted "series" on my blog. The inspiration came from the time I've spent on Twitter, poring over the rather insightful, and often very specific, tweets from the agents and editors I follow. As I came across different nuggets, I'd think: "Ooo! Need to remember that one" - and tucked it away in a Word file to peruse later. The document got longer...and longer....and longer.
Moreover, a pattern soon began to emerge. Yes, most of the tweets had to do with (a) queries, (b) dos/don'ts of writing and (c) overall publishing industry. That's no surprise; if you're a wanna-be author, you're gleaning little nuggets for yourself. But a far more intricate pattern emerged within the pattern, that I did not see until my Word document had grown to four or five pages. I broke my "nuggets" into smaller and smaller categories, with more specific titles. I found myself wondering how I was going to properly assimilate all this wonderful information - not just the pithy sayings themselves, but the inferred logic of what they really mean, when you get down to it. Then I wondered if perhaps others might want to read and ponder the same things.
In short: I'm not sure where to start. Which topic? At which end of the elephant? (Or wombat?)
This is where I need your help. Below I have listed the various categories into which I've divided the tweets. I would like to know what YOU would consider (a) worth your time clicking back over to read and (b) which topic you'd like to see first.
Please take a look at the list below, and tell me which ones really stand out to you. And if you think any of these are pointless, even intuitively obvious - please tell me! I don't want to spend my time on some topic you've heard discussed ad nauseum.
At the same time, I think some of these topics will never (or ought to never) grow old....
Categories of agent/editor tweets I've compiled:
Time It Right
Hard (Yet Encouraging) Truths
In Season/Out of Season
Mind Your Attitude!
Ready? No, really....are you??
General Requests and Advice
Writing Do's and Don'ts
Queries: TMI or NMI (Too Much Information or Need More Information)
Query Uh-Ohs: Logistics
Query Uh-Ohs: Content
Query Uh-Ohs: Format
Using Social Networks
This Screams "Bad Writing"
Know Your Limits
NOTE: I have no intention of pointing out which agent or editor made which comment, for several reasons. Besides, what I've gleaned is only a cross-section of tweets, but they are all regularly recurring themes that I'm seeing on Twitter over....and over....and over.
I figure we who intend to submit our work ought to sit up and pay attention.
What do you think? Anything grab your attention?
All of it? None of it?
Thank you for your feedback!
Everything will help me make this blog a more