Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The Decline of the Blog
So, it's been a week since our last Face-Lift, and there are no queries in the queue. Except for a few NaNoWriMo openings, we haven't posted a New Beginning since October, and there are no openings in the queue. [Update! Crisis temporarily averted. We now have openings needing continuations and queries needing fake plots. And more to come, I hope.] Comment trails are shorter all the time; writing exercises were discontinued due to lack of participation; rarely do more than five people show up for a Book Chat.
The handwriting is on the wall. If it's longer than 140 characters, it's too long. Maybe that's what's killing the publishing industry. They demand books of 80,000 words, when readers want books of 140 characters. Preferably fewer; those who use the full 140 characters need to be more concise if they want to make it as writers today.
The only way to survive as a blogger is to adapt to the changing world.
What does this mean for this blog? Basically, two things:
1. Instead of editing openings and queries, Evil Editor will edit tweets. Minions submit tweets they are planning to publish, and Evil Editor fixes them so that the tweeter doesn't sound like an illiterate twit. Or, say your tweet is longer than 140 characters; EE makes the cuts that make it legal.
2. Currently, EE's blog is a place you can read Mrs. Varmighan's tweets if you don't care to officially follow Mrs. Varmighan. This will be expanded so that each day the tweets of Mrs. Varmighan, Evil Editor, Evil Psychiatrist, Unethical Attorney (in which a defense lawyer ignores privilege and tweets his thoughts during a murder trial), Erick the Strange Angelic Man, literary agent Hannah Rogers, Public Confessor (in which a priest takes confessions in tweet form), and Kind Serial Killer are posted.
To ease the transition, we'll still be accepting queries and openings, at least until we hit #1000.