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Rejection, Romance, and Royalties: The Wacky World of a Working Writer

Rejection, Romance, and Royalties: The Wacky World of a Working Writer [Kindle Edition]

Laura Resnick

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A working writer for more than twenty years, award-winning author Laura Resnick has frequently written the wacky, stark, insane, improbable truth about the working life of a novelist for the country's top publishing trade journals. This book is a collection of those columns. Often ironic and always hilarious, the volume voices the daily despair and rewards of the fiction writer's life for anyone who imagines they want to write or who wonders what the professional writing life is really like.


"From the role talent, passion, and luck play in a writer's life to dealing with difficult editors and publishers, Resnick doesn't pull any punches, but her hard-won, practical advice will inspire both aspiring and published writers as it helps them navigate the always choppy waters of the publishing world."

"Laura Resnick's witty comments on the struggles a writer faces in today's world of publishing are refreshingly insightful. A welcome voice in an often solitary profession."
                    —Jean Auel, author of Clan of the Cave Bear

"The best book on the writing life since Bird By Bird or The Artist's Way. The incisive and insightful Laura Resnick cuts right to the heart of the joys, sorrows, costs, and rewards of pursuing the creative dream."
     —Teresa Medeiros, New York Times bestselling author

"Be still, my heart! Laura Resnick's marvelous essays on writing are not only laugh-out-loud funny, but she does a wickedly accurate job of depicting the craziness of publishing—and the creative passion that makes it all worthwhile. Recommended to all writers."
                             —Mary Jo Putney, award-winning novelist


Laura Resnick is the author of the popular Esther Diamond urban fantasy series, whose releases include Disappearing Nightly, Doppelgangster, Unsympathetic Magic, Vamparazzi, and the upcoming Polterheist. She has also written traditional fantasy novels such as In Legend Born, The Destroyer Goddess, and The White Dragon, which made the "Year's Best" lists of Publishers Weekly. An opinion columnist, frequent public speaker, and the Campbell Award-winning author of many sf/f short stories, she is on the Web at


Aspiring writers will learn the ins and outs of life as a full-time career novelist in this fresh and frank tell-all book from the perspective of one who knows. While most of these hopefuls will have no chance of becoming the next Stephen King, this book reveals that there is a real possibility for them to make a living from their writing if they put in the hard work, sweat, and tears. This guide covers the steps to getting published, getting paid, getting even, staying sane, and protecting one's talent in this business. It even points out that prospective writers may not get to start in the genre of their dreams.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 365 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Blonde Trifecta; 2 edition (14 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J8HTSA
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #785,594 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Designer's Take on this Book 4 Sep 2008
By Ghost in the Matrix - Published on
In the graphic design world we have an old saying, "A camel is a horse designed by a committee." Nothing against camels, but they're pretty ugly. Functional. But ugly. That should give you some kind of indication of what designers go through. I thought we had it bad. Now I don't feel so bad. Writers, apparently, have it much worse. Thankfully, Laura Resnick has a sense of humor and so, while cringing at some of the stories she's shared, her refreshing wit got me to the very last page.

This is not a How-To Book for Writers and thank God for that. This book is more like a much needed mentor, who talks you through the inevitable peeks and valleys of publishers, editors, critics and readers. I was surprised at how fearless Laura was about such topics as criticism. Because I share her feelings about the reckless power that critics have, I finally felt like I had some company on the topic. Criticism is, by its own nature, one directional. And so writers and artists usually have to take thier beatings in silence. Laura's anecdote on the topic breaks the silence.

There's also a soft wisdom that comes through on most of her essays. Her words can be therapuetic for any creative person of any field. This book has a longer reach than it knows. I'm just thrilled that, by dumb luck, it reached out and found me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brutally Honest, Hilarious Account of the Demoralizing Garbage That Pro Writers Deal With--Highly Recommended 24 Jan 2010
By Moses Siregar III - Published on
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This is the most brutally honest account of a writer's life, complete with some good general advice and tons of good humor, that I've read out of dozens of books on the subject of writing. And it's not a close call to put this one at the top of the mountain of "most brutally honest." By the way, don't be confused by the "Romance" part of the title, as this is not a book for romance writers. It's a book for all professional writers, or as Laura says they are sometimes called, "the filthy pros."

I found Laura when she was sharing *the* most candid things I've ever read an established writer say about working with literary agents on another writer's blog. This showed me something about her and her generous spirit when it comes to helping out other writers. She'd spent many hours on another writer's blog sharing, as openly as anyone can share, her experience in working with four agents over the course of her pretty long career (20+ novels under her belt). I was blown away, and this book (Rejection, Romance, and Royalties) is in that same spirit.

I contacted Laura to thank her for her generous comments on this other writer's blog (Dean Wesley Smith's blog), as well as her own excellent blog. She says she doesn't spout to be generous, but to get things off her chest because BS (only she didn't say BS) DRIVES HER CRAZY. In any case, this book is very well written in an almost conversational style, and it gives you the sense of hearing the honest truth from a good friend about how insane the business of publishing can be.

As other reviewers have said, this work is also downright hilarious. Read it and you'll find out why one poor author, through no fault of her own, is now known as the "raccoon author" (hint: insane editor/publishing house who changed one of her human characters for her).

She covers so many of the practical snafus that the writer's life can involve, and also shares some lessons learned about the craft. This work also functions like a good old friend who understands your seemingly insane decision to spend so much of your life in a room alone making up stuff and banging it out on a computer. Not only has she done that since the late 80's and lived to tell the tale, she's done it with her sense of humor much more than intact. I think this is a great companion for amateurs who want to know the minefield ahead, and filthy pros who want to laugh some more at their existence.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Advice Within 16 Jan 2008
By colinwoodward - Published on
Resnick's book is like a good pep-talk by an experienced and wise football coach. It's written in a very breezy style--more like a conversation between the author and her reader than other writing books. It isn't, and isn't meant to be, a work of art. Resnick makes clear what's the most important thing: Don't give up. She's faced the rejections, survived sleazy editors, read the vicious reviews (including those on amazon), withstood writer's block as well as an equally dangerous case of logorrhea, and lived through it. She says the worst writer is the one who quits. Also, she says it's important to write at your own pace. Don't worry about how others work, because everyone has a particular style and habits. Most of all, she urges us to keep writing. Don't think or talk about it more than doing it. Resnick never says it's paradise doing what she does, but she is doing what she most enjoys. Her book is well worth reading for the aspiring writer.
5.0 out of 5 stars Truthful and funny essays from a professional writer 23 Dec 2007
By DavidT - Published on
If not exactly a household name, Laura Resnick is a successful writer who's made a living at her craft despite any number of discouragements, difficulties, and complications. This is a very readable and practical essay collection that gives a plain-spoken, realistic but not bitter account of how she did so. There's plenty of good advice about dealing with the realities of the publishing marketplace. She's also quite funny, and worth a read just for the entertainment. Recommended.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the real deal... 2 May 2010
By S. B. Wolven - Published on
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As a writer I laughed (and cried) over this book and found myself shaking my head and saying, "True, how true." But at least I know I'm not alone with all those rejections. LOL Five stars for telling it the way it is...and making you (if you're a writer) try all the harder.
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