Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Publisher's Marketplace

One of the best resources I've found for writers who want to get published is Publisher's Marketplace and their daily Publisher's Lunch email. The email is great for getting the skinny on the publishing industry - profits statements, the monthly BookSense lists, personnel comings and goings at publishers and agencies. I believe you have to be registered on the site to get the email ($20 per month, I think), but the membership means you can also review the latest deals (great for uncovering agents you might not have known about or considered), and use the great search tool which shows who represents different authors. Neil Gaiman? Looks like Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House. Susanna Clark? Nick Marston at Curtis Brown UK.

There's plenty of industry folks going to that site, and I think it's worth having a membership so you can have your own profile page (which of course links to your website and your blog). I even took out a banner ad on the site a number of times, indicating I was seeking representation, which got me a full read on Jonas.

Regardless, if you're even considering getting your work published in the U.S., the site's a great educational tool.

And, now on to the less prosaic part of the show :D

Word-hoard
halomancy: fortune-telling with salt

Myths, symbols, and folklore
The Wild Hunt: "Legend complex (motif E501) concerning a ghostly hunter, often accompanied by dogs or spirits and often hunting a woman, who is frequently one of the supernatural beings. In many Scandinavian and German versions the hunter captures or kills the woman and carries her off like a game animal. The hunter may be unidentified, or he may be a historical figure…The woman being hunted is most often a local forest being; in some Scandinavian versions she is said to have huge breasts that she slings over her shoulder as she runs from her pursuer. The fullest versions of this form of the legend tell of someone who witnesses first the woman running by, then the hunter, and then finally the hunter with the captured or killed woman. In other forms of the legend more common in Germany, the hunter may be a lost soul, or he may lead lost souls on a wild ride through the sky, rather like the Norwegian oskorei, a band of spirits who rush about and often overrun farms…Sometimes a rushing noise high in the trees is called Odin's hunt…The identification of the hunter as Odin and the rushing of spirits around him has led scholars…to consider a connection with an ecstatic Odin cult…More-recent scholarship, however, would argue for a basis in an Indo-European warrior cult in which young warriors imbued with life force fight with the characteristics of animals…From the twelfth century forward the Wild Hunt appears as a major theme of legend in England and Wales."

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