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Electric Speed from Jane Friedman
A note from Jane

When I was taking pottery classes, I created a mug with my name stamped on the side. It was part of a larger project that required making many mugs—but this one, I just wanted to keep for myself.

During critique, the professor called it a "T-shirt design." He wasn’t intending to insult me, but his meaning was clear. I had produced something déclassé.

New writers can be in a similar position when submitting work for review. While I don’t think publishing is full of snobs, it sometimes feels that way.

  • Adding the copyright symbol to your unpublished manuscript: the biggest tell of a noob writer
  • Asking an editor/agent to sign a non-disclosure agreement: great way to elicit an eye roll
  • Calling your work a "fiction novel": oh dear
  • Declaring your book is so unique there are no comparable titles or authors: even with 1 million new titles published every year?

Fortunately, I had enough maturity to see my pottery professor’s feedback for what it was: a professional artist trying to steer me in the right direction.

But let me tell you, mugs with names are very popular. In fact, I just bought a beautiful one from Rookwood Pottery with its logo stamped on the side, a T-shirt design perfectly executed.

As so many experts suggest, I advise learning the rules. Then break them with knowledge and power.
Jane

P.S. Most popular blog post this month: You Don’t Need a Platform If You Can Find an Audience

Cartoon by Bob Eckstein: on a potter's wheel is a curvy clay vase with the signature "Jane" on the side, filled with pencils.
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Jane’s Electric Speed List
Here are some of the latest things I’ve discovered. (I am not paid to mention any of these resources; there are no affiliate links.)
Behold, transparent sticky notes!
I discovered the existence of transparent sticky notes at this cooking site. While they’re obviously a great tool for making notes in cookbooks, anyone who feels hesitant to mark up a print book will appreciate them. A great stocking stuffer for readers, writers, editors, and cooks.
Astria: Generate impressive AI images of yourself
Already there are so many AI art generators out there (so many!), and they often require you to become adept at writing prompts. When I stumbled on Astria AI, I took the time to experiment because all it initially requires is uploading 20 different photos of yourself. It costs $10, but it was worth it. You’ll start with a couple dozen or more images automatically, with the ability to generate more if you can write a decent prompt. On Instagram I shared some of my favorite results.
TinyWow: Simple file conversion tool
TinyWow does indeed merit the word "wow." You can do a lot with PDFs (edit, compress, merge, split), but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It can also help with EPUB conversion. 100% free, clean, easy to use.
Just for fun: Star Trek TNG Image Bot
As Twitter continues on the edge of a knife, I can still take joy in the Next Generation Image Bot, which tweets a random screenshot from the show every 30 minutes.
 
Powerful Prologues with Tiffany Yates Martin. $25 class. Wednesday, November 30, 2022. 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Eastern.
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Nov. 30: Powerful Prologues with Tiffany Yates Martin
Writers are often told that agents and editors hate prologues, but if you thumb through the opening pages of published books, you’re reasonably likely to see one. How do so many make it past that alleged taboo?

In this online class, you’ll learn how to decide whether a prologue serves your story, and how to write one that feels essential, effective, and enhances the reader’s experience of the story. We’ll also examine the most common prologue pitfalls and how to avoid them, and use examples from published works to analyze prologues that work well—and those that may not.

Your turn: Travel tips
In the last issue, I asked you to tell me about the one thing you always take with you, or otherwise do, to make travel easier or more comfortable. I was overwhelmed with responses! Here’s a selection of what you said:

  • I love a foot hammock for long flights. They slip over the tray table and give you the ability to rearrange your legs and feet into more positions in that limited airplane footwell. Plus, they cost less than $20 and take up almost no space in a carry-on since they are just a strap and a piece of fabric. —Jessica Snyder
  • Because I live in the Middle East, most of my flights are long-haul and I don’t own a winter coat. So my travel must-have is this cashmere wrap. It’s an airplane blanket, an extra layer, a scarf, or folded up in its own little pouch it’s a pillow. Pricy but sturdy, long-lasting and oh-so-soft. Kept me warm in the Netherlands in February under just a windbreaker! —Allison K Williams
  • A sound machine is my travel must. It saves you from having to be that person who requests to move rooms in the hotel because the person in the next room is too loud (though I’ve been that person, too). —Anna David
  • Packing cubes! They help organize and compress your clothes. And when traveling with my kids, they each get their own packing cube that I can quickly pop out when we arrive at our destination. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to find online. —Lisa Katzenberger
  • My go-to travel helpers are the MUJI brand containers for face soap, toothpaste, creams etc. They come in tubes, screw-tops and pump sprays. All small enough for carry-on and durable for reuse over and over. And wildly inexpensive. —Julie Pithers
  • I don’t travel much now, but when I did, I always had an assortment of zip-ties. Surprising how many uses they have. Emergency clothing and luggage repairs, holding together damaged video gear, temporary key chains, and so on. I once fixed a lectern that was collapsing with a few zip ties. They are amazingly strong, easily pull pieces together tight, weigh almost nothing, and take little space, but they quickly solve a lot of problems on the road. —Marv Waschke
  • Bagsmart travel cord organizer: It’s a slim, zippered, soft-sided bag that has elastic loops and netting to hold charging cables and other phone/iPad/laptop-related cords in place. They make a bunch of different sizes and styles. —Cecilia Tan
  • To prepare for flights, I always pack a couple trash bags in my carry-on. It’s a 15-year habit, started after my toddler son upchucked on a hot plane. —Carolyn Cannuscio
  • Pacsafe portable safe: it packs flat when empty. I lock it to something immovable like heavy furniture or a radiator in my hotel room or Airbnb. It’s a relief to be able to leave my valuables without worrying about them. —Ingrid Truemper

Next question: Do you have a favorite piece of workout apparel or gear—or a workout gizmo you can’t do without? Hit reply to this email and let me know, or discuss over on Discord. (For me, cold weather running demands a Runningluv band for the runny nose—sadly, unavailable for sale at the moment.)
 
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