Warning: You Don't Want to Miss the Best Content of the Year

This week marks the 1-year anniversary of this blog, There Are No Rules. I am still finding the right combination of content and perspective that will help you, so on this anniversary, I offer this invitation:

  • What questions, topics, and subjects do you want me to cover in the year ahead?
  • What do you need the most help with?
  • What has been most helpful to you in the past year, to help you advance your writing career (from anywhere!)?
  • What would you like more of?
  • What could you do without?
  • What information do you usually remember most from this blog? Why do you read it?

Everyone who comments on this post (and includes their e-mail address), will receive, in PDF form, my presentations and handouts from my talks on how to succeed as a writer in a transformational time in publishing.

The best commenter (as judged by me!) will have a choice of a 15-minute phone consultation, a query letter critique, or a first-page critique.

Now, to celebrate my best content from the past year, in case you missed it!

2 Most Popular Posts of All Time

8 Articles/Posts All Writers Should Have Read in 2008
FYI, if you’re a blogger, you should know by now that list posts almost always perform better than all others.

On Being One of 100,000+ People Stranded in Thailand
Of course a tale of my misadventure would do well! As the Brazen Careerist has said, it’s the personal element that often brings your readers back for more. (True?)

Series Posts

Save Time Tips (using Google tools and other tech solutions). After the first tip that’s linked here, look for two more tips immediately after.

How to Avoid Sabotaging Your Writing Career (1-7)
Here’s #7, with a link to the others at the bottom of the post.

10 Years in Publishing: What I’ve Learned (1-5)
Here’s #5. Click on nearest preceding days for 1-4.

Biggest Traffic Generator in One Day

My Big Rant on Self-Publishing

Best Practical Answers/Solutions for Writers

5 Questions to Ask Yourself After Hearing: We Can’t Sell Enough to Justify Publishing It

Useful Google Tools You’ve Never Heard Of

The Essential Components of an (Unpublished) Author’s Website

Best Big-Picture Views for Writers

Do Writers’ Futures Lie in Indie E-Publishing Platforms?

How Writers Can Start Blogging in a Meaningful Way

Fiction Writers Need Platforms, Too

The 3 Types of Writer—Which Are You?

Posts With Hidden Content You Might’ve Missed

WD Editors’ Intensive Cheat Sheet (great links to how-to-get-published, plus how to get connected)

Recap: Harriette Austin Writers Conference (red flags in first 15 pages, PDF download of my workshop on honing a great nonfiction book concept)

Get a List of All the Sites I Follow

Best Fun

How Many Editors to Screw in a Lightbulb?

Time to Get a Tattoo?

Want to guest blog here? I’d like to extend an invitation to writers (whether you blog or not): If you have tips, advice, success stories, or not-so-successful stories to share, let me know privately via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter. (You can also reach me through this portal.) I’m starting a guest series on Fridays and would love to feature all kinds of perspectives.

Photo credit: Sandra

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0 thoughts on “Warning: You Don't Want to Miss the Best Content of the Year

  1. Melissa

    Happy Blogoversary! I’m a new reader to this blog. I found it through twitter posts. What I’ve seen so far I’ve really liked–it contains a nice range of things. Keep up the good work!

  2. dave malone

    I’m going to concur here with Happy Blogiversary!
    And the profound words, You Rock.
    Without a doubt, you have provided so many gems over this past year. You are gently shoving this old-school writer into the vibrant, helluva-lot-of-fun, engaging, platforming world that is publishing today.

  3. Julie Klumb

    I’m always up for query/synopsis help, but there are so many things beyond that request.

    Networking – What are the best ways to tackle it?
    Promotion – What should unpubbed authors focus on? What should we do once we get a contract?
    Examples of great first pages and what makes them great.
    The best things to do when an agent is "iffy".

    I’m also a fan of more fun/personal stuff.

    Julie Klumb (julie_klumb@yahoo.com)

  4. Patricia Volonakis Davis

    Congratulations on one year of ‘extreme usefulness’ to publishing professionals everywhere! To me, this blog is one of the most concise, clearly-written and expert in its genre. I am a regular reader, and I always come away with a tidbit or an inspiration.

    If there was one area I’d like to see discussed more often that would be for those of us who have followed much of your advice in terms of marketing, and being ‘on top of’ the latest. For those of us (and perhaps there are not that many) who’ve exhausted all the suggestions here and read all the articles to which you’ve linked, and followed the advice therein, etc- what next? If our standards of sales and marketing are such that we want ot raise it to the next level, and we are ready to pay for additional help – such as hiring a publicist or a second marketer besides ourselves, who and what is the best investment for our money? How can we tell if an outside marketer is good at what they are being paid for? And finally, more advice for those who have been published, not necessarily only for those who WANT to be published. I’d love to see articles, suggestions on these topics:

    1) Switching agents- what protocols?
    2) Being licensed to a bigger house that will build on what we’ve accomplished as a commercial partner, and
    3) which houses will license from smaller publishers who have proven their titles noteworthy and which won’t? How do we get their attention?
    4) How much or how little does it mean to a US publisher to discover that an author has successfully marketed to other countries?
    5) How can we help our agents/publishers procure foreign rights, if we know something about those markets?
    6) What’s the most professional way an author can present himself/herself as a plus to producers, other media people, and conference organizers without coming across as annoyingly pushy or desperate?
    7) How does a newly published author maintain a friendly professionalism and work environment, yet at the same time, avoid the stress with colleagues/other writers who want to be published,and as a result, try to sap that new author and drain him/her for free advice, time, contacts, etc?

    As you can tell, these are very specific questions which apply to only a small percentage of your readers, or even to the readers/participants of any of the writers’ conferences. It seems that the majority of writers fall into one of three categories – those who want to be published, newbies who have been recently published, and those who have been published for a while, and are trying to work their way up to being in that one-two percent of authors who get to be sensational bestsellers. Not much in conferences/articles is directed to that third group and next to nothing is for that second group, is what I’ve noticed.

    Thanks Jane, for taking the time to post this question and give us the opportunity to present our concerns. I wish for your continued success in all your endeavors.

    The best to you, always.
    Patricia V. Davis

  5. Lawrence Thomas

    Great idea to post the year in review, Jane. I only started reading your blog after your self-publishing webinar, but I truly enjoy and value your posts.

    My email address is lawrencethomas@shakingthetree.ca. I don’t really have a publishing story to tell, but I did write a story in response to the local university canceling their writing program. It’s quite lengthy, but it describes the road to finding my voice and what has lead me to pursuing this life long passion for telling stories. It can be found in my Facebook notes. It’s called ‘The Final Assignment’.

    Thanks for all your advise and pointing us in the right direction. Your hour long webinar has really opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of self-publishing.

    I won’t lie and say it wouldn’t be amazing to suddenly get a book deal and be a number one best seller, but the networking part of self-publishing and marketing yourself, is one of my favorite part the road to publication.

    I have a lot to learn about writing and the market in general, but it’s nice to know I am not alone on this journey and to be able to share my voice with people from around the world along the way.

    Highest regards,
    Lawrence Thomas

  6. Lisa Abeyta

    Yours is one of the blogs I read frequently because of the quality of advice and tips. Your blogs from Thailand captured me completely – I could put myself in your shoes and worried for the safety of a fellow writer who I only knew by name.

    What else would I like to see? More about corporate writing. The field of corporate freelance writing reminds me of the freelance newspaper and magazine industry a decade ago, where everyone knew it was a good, paying field but no one who’d made it wanted to share their secrets of success. I’d like to know more about how to approach corporations, what types of projects are the best for freelancers, and what kind of experience is needed to be attractive to corporations. I’d love to read about a few who have been successful in this field and what advice they’d share with others.

    And, of course, if you go on some idyllic vacation that turns into a national news story again, I’m hoping you’ll bring us all along vicariously through your blog posts.

  7. joy

    I love the title of this blog! The more I learn about the publishing industry, the more I realize how true it is that there really are "no rules." Right now I’m writing for some magazines and doing some editing for a local publisher. I’d love to see some info from the editing side of things. Overall I look to this blog for up-to-date information about publishing in general. There’s always something new to learn. Happy blogiversary!

  8. Cheryl Rainfield

    I’d like to see a lot on book promotion for fiction–things authors can do, online and offline. I also like articles on writing technique; links to great articles, sites, and tools on writing technique and book promotion; discovering new tools for writers (software, hardware, etc.); writer-related videos (I liked when you told us about the Writer’s Digest videos).


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