G. M. Baker’s Newsletter

G. M. Baker
Stories All the Way Down
Created 01 Mar 2021
  • In Which I Think the Unthinkable
    06 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 4 2
    For the past five years I have been besieging the bastions of the publishing industry. In that time something of a consensus has emerged in the responses I have received from agents and editors. They ...
  • In Which I Retell a Folk Ballad
    21 Aug 2021 • 15 min read • 1 0
    This newsletter is supposed to be about my fiction. So maybe it is time I laid a little fiction on you. This is a short story I wrote several years ago. It was first published in the Winter 2005 editi...
  • In Which I Part Company With My Publisher
    16 Aug 2021 • 8 min read • 2 5
    There is an old saying in the software world. “It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.” The customer uses the program, finds it does not work as they expect, and reports it as a bug to the developer. To the d...
  • In Which I Ask if Literary Art is Only to be Found in Literary Fiction
    26 Jul 2021 • 12 min read • 3 0
    Can literary art only come from literary fiction published by traditional publishers? In her latest newsletter, Elle Griffin sets out to challenge the notion that self published books are not real art...
  • In Which I Try to Find My Niche
    01 Jul 2021 • 6 min read • 2 3
    My publisher has some very sage words on marketing books. “Find the most segmented group that you can serve well with your books and your marketing and serve them as well as you can. This is easier an...
  • In which I quake in frigid editorial fires
    31 May 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    May was largely about line edits on The Rules of Trade. Line edits are what happens to a book once writer and editor agree that the story is in good shape. Then it becomes about the words, the sentenc...
  • In Which We Create a First Draft
    01 May 2021 • 5 min read
    I finished a first draft last month. It is the first draft of The Needle of Avocation, the third book in my series The Peaceweaver, which begins with The Rules of Trade, due out in November. In terms ...
  • In Which We Try To Keep the Reader's Attention
    29 Mar 2021 • 6 min read
    In my old gig writing technical manuals, we didn’t worry about keeping the reader’s attention. Our readers were motivated by trying to make their new machine work, or fix their old one. It didn’t matt...
  • In Which We Begin
    03 Mar 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    So here we begin. My first newsletter. Please be patient with me. There is a lot to do in preparing for the publication of your first novel. Like setting up a newsletter. Like figuring out what to say...
  • Stories All the Way Down
    01 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read
    Welcome to G. M. Baker’s Newsletter by me, G. M. Baker. Author, The Rules of Trade (The Peaceweaver, Book 1) coming in 2021 from Chrism Press. Sign up now so you don’t miss the first issue. Subscribe ...
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