I’m making my way through a couple of books at the minute but hopefully some reviews are going to pop out the other end at some point soon. I really did only take one book on holiday with me and I only got halfway – it is 800-odd pages so I didn’t do too bad.
Jeff Vandermeer has a very interesting GUEST post BY Angela Slatter about celebrity culture trying to spread to writers:
You need to have a product. You need to build a reputation based on your writing. If you’re a Mafia-hitman-in-training, then surely your resume should have some instances of actually putting horse heads in beds, rather than simply saying “I totally want to be a Mafia hitman and put horse heads in people’s beds, Mr Gotti.” Surely one must show a record of achievement.
Otherwise, where’s the substance of you as a writer? You’re just Paris Hilton, all surface, all self-pimping, no depth, no achievement. Why bother?
There really is no end of quality product around, which is probably why people that want to join in the melee and have taken on the message of self-promotion that you hear. You need to get up that slush pile it seems and showing that you are active online or at least can be when the need arises i.e. when you have a book coming out into actual print from an actual publisher. But trying to make a name for yourself without anything to back it up really isn’t going to get you anywhere. The world is full of people that want to write a novel (including me).
We do worship writers. We have alters dedicated to them (they are called bookshelves). But we do so because we have fallen for them, head over heals in some cases. We don’t do it because they are a writer unless you’re Neil Gaiman or J.K Rowling but even then it’s because what they have written rather than who they are.
The key to the Gatekeepers is always writing that grabs you and won’t let you go, which is a feeling I have at the minute. I can see why Peter F. Hamilton is one of the biggest SF writers around. I’m totally immersed.
Which writer has grabbed you recently?