Douglas L Perry, The Author blog

November 30, 2010

Uptight Rejection Rejection

Filed under: Thoughts,Writing — douglaslperry @ 1:24 am
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This post by literary agent Janet Reid really made me chuckle. Apparently an author submitted something to said agent, and received an immediate rejection letter for their work. They were so enraged that they ripped it into pieces, and sent it back with a carefully personalized note that not only derided Ms Reid for the rejection, but insulted her with profanity.

Smooth move moron.

Not only will Ms Reid never represent you, (and rightly so), but using that type of tactic is going to give you a bad reputation among the agent community at large. You’ve just signed your own death warrant among any agent for quite a while.

Of course this kind of behavior also speaks volumes about the character of the author. Anyone who feels so strongly that agents should be lining up to fight for their debut work obviously doesn’t understand that publishing is a business and rejections are how it works.

I don’t know if the work was any good or not, but based on the speed of the rejection, and the behavior of the author, I suspect it was crap. I’ve been known to make mistakes once in a while, but I doubt that I’m wrong on this one.

Read a few books about how to write, follow the discussions on writers blogs, and write a few books before you get all full of yourself and make a mess in the process.


November 22, 2010

Food Drive Picture

Filed under: Thoughts — douglaslperry @ 8:32 pm
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Well it seems it is that time of year once more, when the food drive barrels are in place at Silicon Valley companies. Given the current economic conditions, it seems this year more than ever they are needed to help those who cannot provide food for their families.

I question why they seem to show up only once a year around the holidays, I mean, people are hungry all year right? But overall I don’t mind helping those less fortunate as long as I am not forced to do so.

What struck me as strange this year, was the image that the food drive organization decided to use for their posters.

It shows a young man, presumably a father, smiling up at his child, who looks to be about a year old, held using his right arm. In his left hand is a plastic food container, the kind used to hold fruit such as strawberries or blueberries, etc.

But the container doesn’t contain those types of fruit, in fact it has no fruit at all, it’s full of artichokes. For those of you that are unfamiliar, an artichoke is a spiny vegetable that can barely be consumed by adults, let alone a small child.

Yes you can argue that the artichokes are going to feed the parents and the parents will buy other food for the child, but it just seemed like a strange image to use when you are trying to solicit food for people in need.

Me, I would have had a picture of a young kid holding a sandwich with a bite taken out of it, cracking a huge smile with great big gobs of peanut butter stuck to both cheeks, but then again, what do I know?


November 18, 2010

I want to Quit

Filed under: Books,Writing — douglaslperry @ 9:32 pm
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Go check out my latest post on Adventures in Creative Writing here

in which I discuss my latest rejection and what I am going to do about it.



November 2, 2010

Started on the next novel

Filed under: Thoughts,Writing — douglaslperry @ 3:54 am
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I have finally started on the next novel. I decided to use two of my old characters in sort of a continuation from where they left off, but with an entirely new premise. The premise involves gaming technology once again, though this one has quite a different twist.

I have a working title, but we’ll see if it lasts.

It will probably take a year to finish it, but that’s OK. I am still querying the last one.

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