by Mike Chen on 11/17/09 at 06:10 PM ET
Disclaimer: This post is way, way, way off topic, so if you have no interest in writing or publishing, feel free to politely ignore this. Otherwise, read past the jump.
Since I’ve been involved in the hockey blogging community, I’ve found that one of the coolest things about it is meeting people with overlapping random interests. I’m constantly—and pleasantly—surprised when people get my Morrissey references or when someone shares in my sci-fi geek indulgences. And one of the best parts about this whole experience is I’ve met a lot of fellow writers, some of whom are fellow hockey bloggers and some who are just passing through.
Between my work and hockey stuff and fiction, I write a LOT, so much so that I’m sure it drives my wife nuts sometimes. I’ve shamelessly plugged my copywriting business before (you gotta pay the bills, right?) but I haven’t really mentioned anything about my fiction aspirations. In fact, I think I’ve basically kept them separated for now, except for discussing it with the fellow writers I’ve met through hockey blogging.
Well, I guess all that changes today, though this will be an extremely rare occurrence barring major news. If you’ve had any aspirations of getting published, you’re probably aware of a book called Guide To Literary Agents. It’s like the yellow pages of literary agents, and it’s the starting point in trying to get published. I’ve contributed a guest post on the craft of writing over at the Guide To Literary Agents blog, which is an off-shoot of the book and the publisher’s site, and it’s basically a running tally of advice from writers, agents, and other industry folk. When I take a break from hockey and music blogs, it’s one of the first things I check every day.
As for my post, it’s Seven Things I’ve Learned So Far, which basically covers the most important things I’ve learned about my writing fiction since I started taking it somewhat seriously in college. Some of it’s technique and some of it’s philosophy, but it all helps me get through the process. Check it out.
For anyone that’s curious, I also have a blog on writing. If you’re a fellow writer that wants to talk shop or (crosses fingers and hums Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths) if you happen to be an agent or editor that likes my hockey writing, feel free to get in touch.
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