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Shawn Snider
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Have you heard of Hugh Howey, the guy who wrote WOOL? He has a distinctly untraditional route to success—self-published short story becomes popular, turns into full-length book, turns into series, turns into major international best-seller. There's no disputing the guy can write, or none of that would have happened, but the story behind how he got there is equally remarkable.

 Anyway. He wrote an article showing where current authors are earning most of their money, with data harvested from publicly available sources. The results are … eye-opening. 

http://authorearnings.com/the-report/
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A free writing residency/retreat on board a train? Sign me up!
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Just finished my entry into the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition. I have nothing to lose—entering is free, and I'm not signing away my firstborn child to Amazon or anything—yet I feel oddly afraid. I've entered three other competitions, two of which cost money, and none evoked this feeling. What does it mean?! 

I think it's akin to public streaking. Always before I was exhibiting my work to friends and communities of peers. Worst case scenario, they'll be brutally honest. And, though painful, that's not a bad thing. It's how I improve. At least I can trust them not to point and laugh. 

Amazon, though? Amazon is the world. Everyone. I've seen the deepest pits of internet hell, where trolls spew their hate and scorn, farting in a general direction behind walls of anonymity. Run away! Run away!
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The Great Language Game is addictive fun. I have the sinking feeling my measly 550 was rather embarrassing, however.
The Great Language Game
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Writing a novel's synopsis is like eating an extravagant, four-course meal and then crapping it out. All that's left is a boring, stinky turd. 

And queries are gut-wracking constipation. 
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Since we met via Sanderson's class, I assume you guys are all fans, and as such you may find this interesting.

Getting to really see into an author's process is a valuable experience. I have to respect the man for putting himself out there like this, if nothing else (the thought of doing this myself is paralyzingly frightful). 
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A friend found this article about an algorithm that can predict with 84% certainty (margin of error, unstated) whether a book will 'succeed'. It's rather depressing. Links to the actual study is in the article.

http://www.thewire.com/culture/2014/01/computer-algorithm-can-tell-if-your-lousy-book-will-sell-or-not/356855/
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I thought you guys might enjoy this as much as I did.
-via reddit/r/writing
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