Episode 151 – Small Presses, Old Work, and Sensitivity

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Question of the Week: If you found some old stories on your hard drive or in your attic, would you polish them up or publish them right away as-is? Answer honestly given your current production schedule!

With the 3-year-mark approaching, Jim and Bryan took on stories about Joanna Penn’s new small press, J.A. Konrath’s unboxed stories, and more! After thanking their patrons The Prosperous Writer’s Guide to Making More Money, Removed, and A Curse upon the Saints, the tactical twosome took on tips about launching, cover design, and newsletters. Other stories included KDP Print going public, the need (or lack thereof) for sensitivity readers, and author rank. This week’s Question of the Week is: If you found some old stories on your hard drive or in your attic, would you polish them up or publish them right away as-is? Answer honestly given your current production schedule!
What You’ll Learn:
  • How indies can boost their book launch by reaching out to fellow authors
  • How authors can get the most out of working with a professional cover designer
  • How one newsletter service is helping authors promote books
  • What features authors can expect from the newly released KDP Print
  • What one author has to say about reaching the top spot on Amazon Author Rankings
  • Why some authors should consider hiring a sensitivity reader
  • Why authors may soon get refunds from Amazon Marketing Services
  • Why one author decided not to settle for ‘good enough’
  • Why one bestselling indie author says she started a publishing company

 

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Question of the Week: If you found some old stories on your hard drive or in your attic, would you polish them up or publish them right away as-is? Answer honestly given your current production schedule!

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  • Linda Fausnet

    This is not for the question of the week, but for something that
    was raised in the beginning of the podcast. Though I don’t post
    full-length book reviews on my website, I do post shorter reviews
    occasionally and I always tag the author. I try to read at least one
    book in my genre (romance) every month, and if I can comfortably give
    the book a four-star review, I will write up a few sentences and post
    the review on Amazon and on Goodreads. Then, I will post the same short
    review on my blog with the book’s cover and a link for where to buy it.
    The blog article title is always Recommended Romance Read – (Book Title)
    by (Book Author). Then I post the link to the blog article, being sure
    to tag the author’s twitter handle, to all my social networks. I have
    Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google Plus Accounts for
    both Author Linda Fausnet and for my romance book group Romance Novel
    Addicts Anonymous. That way, each time I give a book a positive review,
    hopefully the author will see that I am giving them a little free
    promotion and they will then be aware of both my name and my romance
    group’s name. The vast majority of the time, I get a “Like” and a
    Retweet on Twitter, and sometimes a quick tweet of thanks from the
    author. That’s fine, since I’m not really asking for anything in return.
    I figure if I do this enough, eventually I might strike up some cool
    personal relationships with authors. Otherwise, I’m still getting my
    name and brand out there across all the social networks, and hopefully
    building the reputation of being a positive, upbeat person who is
    willing to help promote other writers! It doesn’t take a ton of time and
    effort, since I would be writing a quick book review on Amazon anyway.
    Incidentally, the book I am currently reading just happens to be
    Cinderella Dreams of Fire, so you can stay tuned for my next blog post!

    • Bryan

      That’s really smart, Linda. Have you found this system works well for you? Also, I hope you enjoy Cinderella :). Thanks!

      • Linda Fausnet

        It does work pretty well. It doesn’t get a huge response, but it’s also not a huge time commitment and it gives me some blog content to share. It only takes a few minutes other than the time spent reading the actual book which I would have done anyway. Cinderella is terrific so far! I’m almost done reading it.

    • I’ve been considering something like this. Do you think it drives more traffic to your blog, etc.? And you didn’t mention Goodreads. Do you post there?

      • Linda Fausnet

        I publish the brief book review on Amazon and on Goodreads, but not the actual blog article. Not sure yet if it drives more traffic to the blog yet. Just set up the blog in January, so kinda soon to tell. I don’t consider myself a blogger per se, it’s just another way to reach out to potential readers by having material to send out. I post about 5-6 posts per day on my social networks, so blogging is only a small part of that. Maybe a blog post every other week or so.

        • Thank you for sharing. Maybe I’ll come “watch” with you at your blog. I’m thinking about posting on YouTube as per Derek Murphy’s article. Not sure how the time investment will balance out the work’s usefulness. Anyway, thanks.

          • Linda Fausnet

            My blog is lindafausnet.com. Here’s an example of a brief review that I posted and tagged the author on Twitter. http://lindafausnet.com/blog/?p=103 She is actually a traditionally published author (I do reviews of both trad pubs and indies). It was a library book, so didn’t post a review on Amazon, just Goodreads. She “liked” my tweet about her book, but too bad she didn’t retweet it. She has 24k followers!

          • Just “followed” on facebook and looked at the blog. Tx. Not everyone’s savvy re: Twitter etiquette. Still learning myself.

          • Linda Fausnet

            Nah, I don’t consider it a breech of etiquette and I’m certainly not offended. It just would have been cool is all. Greg Louganis once retweeted my LGBT book (all proceeds go to the Harvey Milk Foundation) which was so exciting!!!

          • Love it when you can strike a chord with someone a little further down the road.

          • Bryan

            Love seeing conversations in the comments, you two :).

  • Lavie Margolin

    Hmmm, given our political climate and the attack on polite discourse, I do believe that an approach to sensitivity from the publishing community would be appreciated.

    • Bryan

      Haha, great point, Lavie.

  • I just heard the part about KDP print. I moved all my books from CS to KDP Print back in November 2016. I used to sell a handful of paper books in CS per month, now I sell a handful every day most days. The black line on my graph zigs and zags in 3s and 5s. I have 16 books

    I don’t mind losing my expanded distro even though I’ve always used my own ISBNs because I never sold books that way. The proof? Nah. I use my own In Design template to create my books. I am confident about the output.

    If you hand sell books at conventions, then you probably shouldn’t use KDP-Print yet. There are no author discounts, but other than that I’ve found you’ll sell more paper this way.

    • Bryan

      Good to know that sales are up with KDP Print. Thanks for the first-hand info!

      • PS: I think it’s to do with categories and meta data. KDP-PRint uses your ebook’s data

        • Bryan

          Ooh, interesting.

  • QotW: I might say, “Hey, not the worst, I can just publish these!” but then I’d open them up and start fiddling. And no way would I leave them be. I can’t even leave my current novel be, and it’s supposed to be done and moving toward publication.

    I keep waffling between CS and KDP. Folks do seem to prefer CS but I wonder how much is based on comfort and familiarity. I do plan to purchase a few copies myself for the folks who are mentioned in the acknowledgements, but if KDP printed books get any sort of Amazon bias, paying the full price for my own copies might be worth it in the long run. But I have some time to decide.

  • Honoree Corder

    QoTW: I would read through them, see if they were any good and send them off to a great editor (who would tell me if they needed more than a line edit/proofread). Thanks for another great show and for the shout-out. Honored to be your patron and friend, Brian & Jim! 🙂

    • Bryan

      Likewise, Honoree!

  • QoTW: I wouldn’t publish them “as is”, but I would invest the time needed to bring them up to par with the rest of my books. Instead I would take all the time needed to make them the same level of quality my readers come to expect. While this implies a serious investment in both time and effort, the price you pay not making the investment could turn out to be far greater.

    Also, since I didn’t find the time to respond to last weeks question:
    I discovered your podcast at episode 112 and was hooked and have been a proud Patreon since episode 116. You guys rock!

    • Bryan

      Thanks for being a listener and a supporter, Brecht!

  • Daniel Martone

    I actually think Joe should have just done a quick polish and released, so he could put more focus on his current series. A solid ‘B’ is not average, unless he believes everything he writes is ‘A’ work, which is something that I don’t believe any author actually manages. If he said it was a ‘C’, then I would agree. But, anyone who would get his solid ‘B’ that connected to an old series would look at it as just lagniappe. Authors need to get over themselves… even my favorite author, James Lee Burke, has put out some ‘B’s’ and even a couple of ‘C’s’. Of course, Laura believes the same as Joe… so it would be a battle of wills in regards to releasing the stories.

    • Bryan

      Maybe everything Joe puts out is an A+!

  • I’m recycling what I posted at Joe’s blog, but I guess I can call it publishing an existing comment as is. That said, I wouldn’t do that with an old book:

    I’ve only got one book out there thus far, with two more on the way that won’t be finished for quite some time. I’m slow. As in really slow. So with that plus my rankings, my take may not be worth much. That said, however, I think good and bad are too subjective to be a standard. I go with how happy I am with the book, given how much effort I’ve put into it and how proud I am to send it out there to speak for me.

    If I know I’ve done my best, then I can live with those who say my book isn’t for them. But if I were to put out something I’m only so-so on, it would bum me out to have people rejecting it when I would know it wasn’t a true reflection of what I’m capable of.

    I’ve had unsatisfying jobs my whole life. If I go “meh” on what I’m putting in front of readers, then this thing I say is so special to me will just be another one.

    In one of the greatest sports movies ever, North Dallas Forty, John Matuszak goes off on Charles Durning: “Every time I call it a game, you call it a business! And every time I call it a business, you call it a game!”

    Well, this thing’s both. But if I have to err on the side of one, I’ll err on the side of the game, which is why I started trying to do it to begin with.

    Again, just the take of a newbie. There’s no right or wrong to it, only preference.

    • Bryan

      Now I need to go see North Dallas Forty!

      • You do indeed. That and Slapshot set the standard for sports films, as far as I’m concerned. (Then again, I’m a bit jaded, so my tastes can tilt that way in movies, too.)

        • Bryan

          Nice. We’ll see if Riley wants to watch it with me ;).

  • Excellent podcast this week. Very useful information. Thank you. Sounders? If that’ll keep Jim engaged, sure. New voices? Once in a while, a guest host is great, but Kukral and Cohen balance well. Stories in the closet? There are 3 shorts that’ll get a once-over before they go Kindle and a Twitter fiction that requires major overhaul. Someday.

    • Bryan

      “If that’ll keep Jim engaged.” Lol.

  • C.E. Martin

    Would I publish all the old short stories and novels packed away in my basement today? In general, no. While I could use these as “new releases” to keep me showing up in the new in past thirty days category on Kindle, the writing style is different from how I write now. I want to bring new readers in and have them buy from my now extensive back catalog. If someone likes an old story, the first back catalog purchase they make, they’ll be confused and probably not keep buying.

    This is why all those old stories will stay in storage for the foreseeable future. 🙁

    • Bryan

      Good points, C.E. Poor basement stories!

  • Laura Martone

    Bryan, I have no doubt you know me well enough by now. Perfectionist that I am, I would definitely, thoroughly POLISH the “found” stories before publishing them. I would just have to conceal my project from Dan – who would likely encourage me to publish them as-is (as he’s threatened to do often with a novel I wrote several years ago). Of course, as different as we are, that’s also what makes us a good team: I’m a detail-oriented perfectionist who strengthens our stories, but he’s a “let’s get ‘er done” sort who understands better than I do that “perfect is the enemy of done.” If not for him, I’d probably never publish my novels at all! P.S. Please, Jim, give us more sound effects! Some of us (not Bryan) find them highly amusing! And the lab bubbles can’t work for everything, you know.

    • Daniel Martone

      I actually have the marketing campaign ready for that 1st novel, which I’m splitting into 3 parts and putting bare chested men on the covers… I mean, it does have a romance in it. 😉

      • Laura Martone

        See what I have to deal with? Sigh.

        • Bryan

          Lol, you guys.

    • Bryan

      True. And I guess lab bubbles can’t solve all our problems after all.

  • This question is too easy. There are no stories lurking on my hard drive (or anywhere else) that doesn’t require a sound polishing before I let them back out in the world. (Most of them were written in response to a challenge and only shown to others involved in the same challenge.)

    I’m open to new sounders but reserve the right to give them a few shows as I get used to the change.

    • Bryan

      Thanks for the leeway, Edwin :).

  • George Sirois

    I can tell you a quick story of how I was almost in the same exact situation as Mr. Konrath:

    Back in 2011, when my eBook was pretty new on the market, I was asked by a fellow author if I had any other works in the pipeline. When I mentioned a book I wrote and self-published through iUniverse in 2002 (eBooks weren’t a thing yet, so they weren’t included in my setup package), the author advised me to get the rights back, then re-publish it myself as an eBook.
    Since my book wasn’t selling anymore, iUniverse gave back the rights without a fight, and I thought I’d give this one a quick polish before submitting to Amazon. Turns out I hated it. So from September 2011 – January 2015 (with many breaks in between as life tends to get in the way), I turned a 230-page novel into a 550-page five-part serial, and I’m currently preparing it for publication in paperback, eBook, and audiobook (with myself doing the narrating and producing, since I’ve already done several), all to be released later this year. I’m happier than I’ve ever been with this story, and I definitely agree with Konrath’s decision to polish older stories as much as possible before publishing them.

    • Keep us up to date on the launch. Can we follow this on your blog or site? Really interested to see how this plays out for you. Best of luck!

      • George Sirois

        Will definitely keep you updated. I’m currently revamping my entire website (new URL, brand-new site to reflect both my writing & audio work, etc.), but will be posting the new artwork for the five covers soon. Thank you!

    • Bryan

      Thanks for the story, George. Good to see applicable anecdotes :).

  • Ethan Jones

    Hi Bryan and Jim:
    I would publish those stories as they are, with the disclaimer that they were written a long time ago, when my skills as a writer weren’t the greatest. This would be similar to Rembrandt discovering long lost paintings; he wouldn’t repaint over them, right?

    Perhaps I’ll do a quick polish, check for typos and such, but nothing major in the plot lines. I would also price them lower then my current works, considering the quality difference.

    In terms of the sub-questions, have you guys consider those voice-changing softwares 🙂

    Blessings,

    E

    • Bryan

      Disclaimer! Great idea, Ethan :). Not sure on those voice-changing programs ;).

  • Angela Marshall

    Question of the week:
    I once found a printed manuscript several hundred pages long that I didn’t remember writing. It was really bad. I put it back on the shelf and never considered publishing it or polishing it up. If I found something of better quality, I’d consider editing and publishing it.

    Sensitivity readers:
    I disagree with you guys and think that this could be a valuable service, but I also hate the term “sensitivity reader.” If our goal is to tell high quality stories, why not hire someone with expertise or experiences you don’t have to read your book for authenticity and offer feedback. This could improve the quality of the book and give it wider appeal. Television shows hire cultural consultants to make sure they get details right. Authors writing outside their personal experiences could certainly benefit from doing the same!

    • Crissy Moss

      Isn’t that what a beta reader or content editor does?

      • Angela Marshall

        Definitely! I think I’m viewing the service more as an editor chosen specifically because their cultural background will help inform the story. (Although I’m not sure that was the original context of the service in the articles.) Not everyone has a diverse set of beta readers they can trust, so it is nice to have a place where you know you can find someone. The more resources we have available as indies, the better books we can produce!

    • Bryan

      I don’t like the term either! But I definitely think it could be helpful in the right circumstances.

    • Connie B. Dowell

      I agree. In today’s political climate, when there are folks out there, emboldened, making marginalized groups feel afraid for their physical safety, getting some feedback, a cultural consultant–paid or unpaid and by whatever name you call it–is just common courtesy. Nobody’s making authors do this. They’re doing it because they want to get things right and do right by others.

      • Bryan

        “Common courtesy.” That makes sense, Connie. Good point.

  • The worth of the manuscript is in the eyes of the beholder, if it is not up to your existing standards and interests then put back in the drawer for future thought.

    Censorship by any name is still censorship! Whose sensitivity scale do you use? Do we bring back the banned book list and book burning of Huckleburry Finn and Catcher in the Rye? Do

    • Bryan

      Good points, JB.

    • Connie B. Dowell

      If authors are seeking sensitivity readers voluntarily, how is that censorship? They asked for the input.

      • A fair question, please allow me to explain my view point:

        Censorship occurs when “sensitivity” is defined to narrowly, and when the level of sensitivity is set to strong. The result is, you end up getting inaccurate date and making false assumptions leading to poor writing and publishing decision making.

        The more extreme your sensitivity is set to, then the stronger the censorship becomes. For example: By limiting reviews to only those you, yourself, judge as being acceptable or only agree with your opinion, then you are in fact censoring or eliminating the majority of reviews, which are less sensitive then yours. This prevents you from seeing an unbiased data, and can lead to you not writing or publishing books, which could, or be should, be published.

        Sincerely,
        JB Wocoski

  • Dave Core

    I have actually gone through my trunk stories and used some of them. Generally I have re-written them or polished them, and in a few instances I used them as fodder for a brand new story. In one instance I needed a story to submit to a flash anthology, and the idea came to me to use a story I had written when I was in high school. Unfortunately, I had lost that story decades before, but I still remembered the plot, so I was able to rewrite it from scratch.

    • Bryan

      I like t he term “trunk stories” :). Thanks, Dave.

  • Bethel Swift

    First time commenting, so just want to say thank you for doing the show. I could only go back as far as the 40s for some reason but have listened to all of the ones I could from that point on. I have to strongly disagree on the sensitivity point. If you are writing from a perspective that is very different from your own, especially race, sex, etc. it is imperative to get multiple opinions from those who are more familiar with that perspective. It can be the difference between success and failure and a few classic examples of this come from traditionally published children’s books: http://www.npr.org/2016/01/22/463977451/controversial-picture-books-surface-struggle-to-help-children-understand-slavery

    • Crissy Moss

      Honestly, if there was “sensitivity readers” way back when then a lot of classics never would have been published. And if you get a person who is reading these stories who says it’s racist/sexist/etc that doesn’t necessarily mean it is. That means someone is upset about it when someone else isn’t. How do you categorize everyone of any group as one thing and say everyone in that group is going to be offended about a specific thing? There is no group out there that completely agrees about anything, and holding yourself back from being authentic because you might offend someone…well that’s a choice you make. Or you can take a chance, like some of the greatest authors out there, and write the best book you can and stop worrying about what other people think. It’s a choice we all have to make.

      • Bethel Swift

        I probably should not have used the word “classic” as the example I linked to is actually a newer children’s book on a historical topic. For actual classics, I would not shield my children – or the ones I care for from them – but would help them frame the read in the context of how we have grown to care for others who are different from us and don’t use derogatory terms (Secret Garden comes to mind as an example). I have had to be careful about “normalizing” old time racism with my African American nieces and nephews with some of Shirley Temple’s old films. I don’t want them to miss out on history but I don’t want them to think that “coon acting” is cool either. I don’t think it would have been “inauthentic” for the author in the example I used to tell her story (which was based on a cute concept, not a real experience) in a way that did not portray the slaves as thrilled to be enslaved. We differ on this point, I guess, but I think just as we would not want to ban classics, we owe it to history to write it right and not whitewash.

    • Bryan

      Thanks for stopping by, Bethel! Great points.

  • Crissy Moss

    I have some awesome story ideas in my writing trunk that have been sitting there for years. I haven’t published them because they definitely need some spit and polish before I put them out there. But I have taken a lot of ideas from them and integrated them into new stories and books.

    • Bryan

      You can do it, Crissy! 🙂

  • jamiearpinricci

    The sensitivity reader market is not going to last- not because such a reading isn’t sometimes necessary, but because it’s not a market. Beta readers with specific criteria do the same thing. Joanna Penn uses such beta readers all the time. There are more than enough people who are willing to do it for free (or for a free copy of the book). It’s a good idea but not one that will create a lasting business.

  • Anon Anon

    Hey guys,

    Jim says “Get over it.” He talks about the sad hurt feelers of the poor precious ones wounded by badly-written fiction.

    Dude.

    They aren’t hurt feelings, you morons, said with love and some really deep disappointment in y’all. I value the show and don’t want to drop it from my listening lineup, but you really missed the mark with the sensitivity reader comments, especially you, Jim. I kind of can’t believe neither of you were open-minded enough to realize this while talking about it!

    My feelings don’t get hurt (I’m a trad/hybrid bestselling author—my feelings got sanded away years ago) but I do get erased, and that happens by conversations like the one you had.

    I’m queer.

    I’m considered less than, in almost every sector of American society. (It doesn’t matter how great you feel toward queers around you. It happens. Every single damn day, and in so many books I read.)

    People of color are considered less than, in almost every sector of American society.

    You don’t know what this is like because you’re straight, white, and male. You’re playing at Scalzi’s lowest difficulty setting. http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/05/15/straight-white-male-the-lowest-difficulty-setting-there-is/

    The fact is, you can’t understand this. You just can’t — it’s literally been made impossible for you do so, and you’re never going to be able to understand. That isn’t a criticism. It’s just fact. I personally will never be able to understand what it’s like a black woman to ride a bus because I’m white. I know that.

    The right thing for you to do was to say, “Wow. I’m a straight white male. I can’t speak to sensitivity readers. If you’re writing a marginalized character, and especially if you’re dabbling in any kind of cultural appropriation, whether you think you’re getting it right or not, you might want to consider using a sensitivity reader so you aren’t seen as a total fucking idiot by your readers and reviewers.”

    This is exactly the same way you should say, “I’m a straight white male. I can’t speak to how difficult systemic racism is for black America.”

    “Implicit biases have serious material consequences beyond hurt feelings, from discriminatory hiring to racial inequities in policing and the broader U.S. criminal-justice system. In other words, microaggressions matter because they seem to be both symptoms and causes of larger structural problems.” – The Atlantic, Sept 18, 2015

    Research shows that most people harbor unconscious biases and prejudices that leak out of them without their knowing it. We all do it. I’m queer, but I’m white, and I’ve got to keep an eye on my privilege all the time so make sure I’m not dragging anyone else down unconsciously. (And I’ve done it accidentally. I’m human, I’ll fuck up, and I’ll do it again. I’m good at saying I’m sorry and learning from my mistakes.)

    I wish you’d do the same.

    I get so much from your show, and I really felt let down by the “get over it” attitude you presented. I sure can get over it, of course I can, and I will. I can do that by unsubscribing to your show and explaining to people in my big ole writing world why they shouldn’t trust what you’re saying, either.

    But I’d RATHER have you think about why what you said matters and maybe come to a different conclusion. And I’d like to keep listening, because you are fun and funny and you’re on top of all the best news.

    You hurt people (unintentionally, I think and hope) by saying that political correctness is hogwash and a waste of time. It’s not. It’s my life. It’s the life of my neighbors, and of your neighbors. It’s not your job to have the answer to the problem. It’s your job to say, “Hey, there’s a lot here. We aren’t experts on this. Go listen to those who are. Start with #ownvoices.”

    If you’re wondering why I’m going Anon with this comment, it’s because I’ve been doxxed too many times for saying this kind of thing in the writing world. Which, in itself, is pretty damning. It’s hard out here. People listening and helping and amplifying our message helps. What you said on the show sent us backward.

    love,
    a fan who really wants to be able to keep listening

  • Anon Anon

    Dude! You literally ERASED the comment about marginalized people being erased by people unwilling to talk about (or even admit) their implicit biases (which everyone has, including myself). You are hurting people. You’re ACTIVELY hurting people who aren’t straight and white. I thought it was unintentional, and I was looking forward to the conversation, because I actually did respect you guys. I’m so disappointed in you both. I know this comment won’t stay up long because you can’t handle this kind of convo (and now I wonder how many you’ve been having to erase like this, comments that don’t conform to your way of thinking — I KNEW I couldn’t be the first one to react and this confirms it), but I’m glad you’ll read it, and I hope that someday in the middle of the night you’ll think of the damage you are actively causing by your mid-west Trump-voting closed-mindedness. #masculinitysofragile much? What a true let down. What a shame. I thought you were better than that.

    • Anon Anon

      Edited to add: I apologize for the Trump-voting comment. That was a knee-jerk sentence, and rude as hell, just me lashing out in disappointed surprise. But I’m still so disappointed by the erasure.

      • Neither of us deleted your comment from before. And we are the only ones that have access.

    • Bryan

      Hey AA. We didn’t delete your earlier comment. No idea why it disappeared. Really sorry about that!

    • Crissy Moss

      I read your original post, and this post, and I’d just like to point something out to you. Most of the people who you are lambasting at this point actually agree with you. The believe in equality, in the rights of marginalized people, in helping them, and even write about people to include them. That was never a problem, and never in question. Both Jim and Bryan are very inclusive people.

      What they disagreed with was paying someone to make their content more PC. Because life isn’t PC.

      And the fact that you’ve come in here and said such knee jerk things just makes your case look worse. You could have had a thoughtful discussion. This was not thoughtful and not a discussion.

  • rachael herron

    Hey Bryan and Jim, I have to say that as a gay-married gal, I appreciate a sensitive approach from straight people when it comes to gay things. I don’t love the term “sensitivity reader” or the idea of a marketplace springing up around it, but when I wrote my last book, I had a Latina character that I ran past some Latina friends to make sure I was getting the Mexican-Spanish right, as well as avoiding anything cliche/offensive I might not have seen myself. It’s not something I’d pay for unless I couldn’t find a good, smart friend versed in the culture I was writing from (who was willing to help me), but as a person who’s been approached to do the same for gay subject matter, I totally appreciate the effort when an author makes it. Good show, gave me lots to think about.

    • Bryan

      Great point, Rachael. The term could use some massaging, for sure. Thanks!

  • Blaine Moore

    I actually do have some old stories I wrote and am planning to rewrite and do something with at some point. Not really publishable as is, but they served their purpose back in the early 90s. (They were “books” I wrote to accompany a line of dolls my mother sold, about 100-300 words each, all leading up to a pun at the end. She printed and bound them with fabric covers and included them with the dolls, plus we had collections of all the stories similarly print and bound available for sale separately.)

    • Bryan

      Huh. That’s an interesting project. Hope it turns into something useful and profitable all over again :).