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Discipline and Hunger

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A couple of interesting links today, because I simply can’t bring myself to regurgitate any more details about the bloodletting that occurred in the publishing industry yesterday.

First, JA Konrath comes through with a good post on discipline. Konrath always provides concrete, useful advice and this post is no different. “If you choose to write (or if writing chose you) then you have to be relentless in the pursuit of your goals,” Konrath writes. “If you settle for less, your expectations will be met. Demand more from yourself.”

Second, agent Nathan Bransford mentions that some people are bemoaning their financial difficulties in a query letter. Wow. I know times are tough, but if you’re looking for publishing to keep you from a Dickensian poor house, then you’re looking in the wrong place. “There is no such thing as getting rich quick in publishing,” Bransford explains. “It takes forever!”