Thursday, June 21, 2007

Welcome to my world

If you aren't part of the solution, you are part of the problem...

I resisted getting into the blogging trend. There are many things about it I dislike. It eats up time when I could be reading books or writing my own stories. And so many blogs are either merely an excuse for the blogger's ego, or are really negative: out-and-out attempts to create controversy or push some nasty agenda or spread unpleasant gossip.

Then I started visualizing the type of blog I wanted to read. And realized that I should be part of the solution by creating a blog like that. A blog for authors and for readers, where we discuss publishing industry news, provide information to each other, and talk about the books we read. But always in a constructive manner - no flaming, no attempts to discredit or defame any writer or publisher, no revealing info about anyone's personal life. The focus is on the books and the industry. Yeah, a book review can be unflattering - if I don't like it, I'm going to say so. But in context of what didn't work for me in the story, and always about the story, not about the author's personal life. And if there are troubling rumors about a publisher, sharing those with other authors can help us all - but only as long as the information is constructive and is not clearly overblown or an attempt to discredit someone or some company.

So if you are looking for nasty dirt, or want to have arguments, or want to learn intimate details about someone's life, this is not the place for you. But if you want to analyze books - what worked, what didn't - or discuss writing problems and styles or philosophize about the publishing world, please join me in scribbling.

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