If you look in the comments to the post below, you’ll note that Maureen Ogle has commented. Honestly, honestly guys – seriously – I don’t have it in for Ms. Ogle, even if her point of view is somewhat insular.
After what ALL OF US here and Mad Genius Club and at Passive Voice and at Kris Writes and at Dean Wesley Smith’s site have done for the last … three? years, she would like me to write something for the Atlantic, explaining what we do as fiction writers, and how new publishing affects us.
Yes, the suggestion annoyed me, MOSTLY because I have a congenital stiffness of the spine, and telling me that after ten years and twenty one novels (I admit to) I should go hat in hand and be a newby in another field JUST to please someone else gives me heartburn. Particularly when I’ve explained ALL THAT’S RELEVANT in other venues.
However, let’s stipulate something: when I say that I WILL NOT spend my time trying to break into something with the Atlantic’s circulation, when I can, without effort, put blogs up at similar circulation, it’s not the money or the small readership I object to. It’s the “breaking in” part. When I do my blog tours, I do “no blog too small” meaning I blog for twenty people, some days. BUT here’s the thing – the bloggers take what I give them, I don’t have to sign contracts. I don’t have to bother with multiple rewrites. It’s less time. Besides… things on line have a way of propagating.
So, while I was taking a shower (we will not talk of the frosting incident. No. We WON’T.) I thought of a counter challenge.
Because I don’t have it in for Ms. Ogle, and because she probably represents my polar opposite in many ways, and because we can both use the publicity and things on line have a way of propagating…
I suggest we both sacrifice some time, for the chance of some publicity wider than we would otherwise get AND for the rather altruistic (eep) possibility of enlightening others.
I am throwing down the gauntlet for the Hoyt-Ogle dialogues. (Or Ogle-Hoyt, though that seems like a weird command and I’m not even wearing lace stockings.)
Here are my proposed rules, though I’ll accept tweaking:
1- We start with our history in publishing – how we broke in, what contacts we had, how things went. One post.
2 – We take questions from our respective, collective and individual readers about what we do, what it pays, and what we see happening around us in publishing AND how it affects us AND where it’s all going. (We will pick questions by the method of “if one of us wants to answer it, the other will. We will take NO questions that insult one or both of us, of course.”
3- We will keep it civil and each one talk about what she sees and her experience, rather than engage in arguments (though “in my case” is allowed.) And while I’m just a midlist writer, I shall bring in stunt brains by quoting for instance Kris Rusch and J.A. Konrath where applicable.
4 – I can get it – probably – linked at very large sites, with a lot of readership (PJMedia Lifestyle comes to mind). I’ll have to check, but I don’t see why not. Some of them I have keys to. You are free to do likewise. I will however echo each of our “twin” posts in my blog, and you’re free to do so in yours.
If we do this right, we’ll both bring our worlds into collision and perhaps get some publicity. More importantly, perhaps we’ll each understand each other’s point of view better.
I’ll leave the gauntlet lying there. I shall go frost (ARGH) a cake.