Monday, August 28, 2006

Lunchtime Book Browsing

Task: Researching comparative titles

Time stolen from: Took 15 minutes from a 45 min lunch

I know at least two out of the five comparative titles that I plan on using for the proposal. David Allen's wonderful time-management book, Getting Things Done, and David Fryxell's Write Faster, Write Better. Those are slam dunks. The rest are somewhat more difficult to determine and require some additional reading to pinpoint the best candidates.

A 15-minute search on Amazon has put a few on my RADAR: Get Organized, Get Published! by Don Aslett and Carol Cartaino, Write It Down Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It by Henriette Anne Klauser and a couple of books that go for the more eclectic "gifty" format suggested by one of the agents that I met with over the weekend possibly Roberts Rules Of Writing: 101 Unconventional Lessons Every Writer Needs to Know by Robert Masello and Some Writers Deserve To Starve: 31 Brutal Truths about the Publishing Industry by Elaura Niles. On the other hand, are those "gifty" enough?

It's a place to start, so off to Amazon and the local library website to order and reserve some of the books that are not already on my shelf.

Upcoming 15-Minute (or less) Tasks:
  • Ask Melissa if she'll design a logo for the blog
  • Trip to library to browse books
  • Amazon surfing for more comparative titles to review
  • Set up book proposal template in Word

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