Six LDS Writers and A Frog

Monday, July 05, 2010

What Do You Want From Me?

[If you requested a 4th Nephite ARC, they are winging their way toward you. Especially if you e-mailed me your address. If you still want a review copy, or didn’t send me your address, do so quickly. There are a few more left.]

So for two weeks now, we here at the froggy pond have been good little bloggers. I think we’re afraid of Anon ranting at us again. Or maybe we’re just afraid to be the first not to write. We’ve been at this now for what? Three years or so? After all that time, I’m still not sure exactly what kind of blog we are. I mean Kerry is obviously the mother of greatness, who inspires us all. Rob is the class clown. Julie is the token Canadian . . . I mean, the model of consistency. Stephanie is the hot west coast babe with the twisted books. Sariah knows all about saving money, Nephite weapons of war, and has had every affliction known to man heaped upon her. We all write. We all occasionally post about writing. We try to make you laugh now and then. We hope to inspire at times. But why are you here?


What are you looking for? I guess my question of the moment is when—and if—you come to the Frog Blog on Mondays, what would you like to see? Writing lessons? Publishing thoughts? Personal stories? Inspiration? Q&A? If you could wave your magic wand and have me post about anything at all, what would it be?


At 7/05/2010 9:15 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

I am a reader, not a writer so what I enjoy most about the frog blog is the personal stories and the things you write about the books you have written and are writing. Love the frog blog!!

At 7/05/2010 11:43 PM, Blogger Jolene said...

I'm a writer trying desperately to leave her finished manuscripts alone long enough to look at them objectively before sending them out into the big world of publishing to be rejected over and over until I find a taker.
I like the mix here. It's good.

At 7/05/2010 11:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I first clicked on the Frog Blog out of curiosity on the suggestion of a friend. I kept coming back because I grew to love each of you, in a strictly child of God way, of course. Lately, though, I’ve been straying to other blogs that teach a little about the technicalities writing, or about publishing, or about the fine art of synopsises... synopsi? ... of writing a great synopsis, or of writing a solid query letter.

Yes, each of you frog bloggers have your own personality, as it should be. That’s what makes this blog different, and interesting, and worth the time it takes to read.

You asked for the reason I specifically come here on Mondays? I want to see if you’ve posted, and you don’t know how disheartening it is to see Sariah’s message still collecting comments when I visit as late as Tuesday night.

And what do I want from you? In a word: hope, basically.

I guess that's a lot to ask from a stranger, but knowing the struggles an author goes through into getting their first book published always encourages those of us who want to run down that same elusive path. I’ve slipped so many times now that the bruises on my knees have all bled together into one large mass, and I’m getting discouraged.


At 7/06/2010 12:12 AM, Blogger Annette Lyon said...

"Wring" lessons, Jeff. Definitely. :D

*ducking and running*

At 7/06/2010 1:45 AM, Blogger Jeff Savage said...

But, Anon, you have to admit that hasn't in the last three weeks! Thanks for the comments so far. They are very helpful.

At 7/06/2010 4:22 AM, Blogger Melanie Goldmund said...

Anonymiss -- I wish I'd written that! I feel discouraged a lot lately, as well. I come here for hope, too, and inspiration, and encouragement.

Jeff, I like reading about the struggles of the Frog Bloggers; I feel I'm living them vicariously through you, to the point where I feel your triumphs could one day become my own triumphs.

Or maybe I just think that hanging around the cool kids will help make me cool, too, instead of me remaining the awkward, unsuccessful geek that I always was and (it seems) probably always will be.

But no matter what, I think I'd like to read a good mix of everything you've suggested. I like writing tips, but that's not the only thing I want to read. Q&A are great, too, but not every single time. I think you should just keep on the way you've been going, writing whatever appeals to you at that particular moment.

At 7/06/2010 4:32 AM, Blogger Tristi Pinkston said...

I'll read anything you want to post.

At 7/06/2010 5:25 AM, Blogger Melanie Goldmund said...

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At 7/06/2010 5:49 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

I'm creating time and space to develop a new talent by gleaning all the information I can find from authors that I enjoy reading. My season of writing is not yet upon me however it is not nearly as far off as it used to be. While I still continue to love my children unconditionally they are getting old enough, independent enough and annoying enough to need to seek shelter and sustenance somewhere far far away.

At 7/06/2010 9:55 AM, Blogger Gamila said...

I like getting up to date information on your current WIPs.

I like hearing about the projects you are all working on and when they will come out, and what the cover will look like, and all that fun exciting stuff.

I like hearing stories about how your books all came into existence.

That stuff doesn't have to be every post, because it might be hard to post about your WIP all the time, but I get excited to find out what's coming next from you all.

At 7/06/2010 10:11 AM, Blogger Melanie Goldmund said...

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At 7/06/2010 11:55 AM, Blogger Karlene said...

I like all the personalities. I like the humor, the writing tips, hearing about your own writing experiences, personal "real life" stories, all of it. I even like it when Anonymous slams you guys (because often he/she is soooo clueless).

At 7/06/2010 2:19 PM, Blogger Jon Spell said...

I'm here because I think of you guys as my friends, and I like to read my friends' blogs. =)

If I could wave my magic wand, I would have you write a post about ... Writing Exercises. That was my favorite recent part of LDSPublisher's blog. I'd be happy with a post about hot west coast babes, too.

In other news, I'm looking forward to reading your apparently non-fiction release on weight management: A Time to Diet

(Which email address should I use, Jeff?)

At 7/06/2010 6:45 PM, Blogger T said...

hey... I've managed to lose my e-mail for you (Jeff) and everyone else in the big computer switch... I wanted to ask a few questions before I post a review of Land Keep... could you pop me a note at moreinfothanyouwanted (@) gmail (dot) com?

I'll repost my Water Keep review and interview first (since the first review was on my personal blog and not the book blog) so I want to make sure I've got everything together before I begin :)

At 7/06/2010 8:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love when the bloggers tell me things about writing and publishing that I don't already know (luckily for me, this is pretty much everything).

On my mind lately? - What are you looking for specifically when you revise? What kind of changes are most often requested by your agents/editors/publishers? How do you know when your manuscript is ready to submit? How do you keep yourself motivated throughout the process?

Love the blogs - please keep them coming!

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At 7/09/2010 2:35 PM, Blogger Heather B. Moore said...

I visit for a laugh, a possible tear shed, or sometimes to say "yep, I know what you're going through"


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