Usually I create my own content here at Mysterious Matters, but this week I'm feeling overwhelmed, so I thought I'd let others do the talking for me.
The following piece by Joyce Carol Oates has been making the rounds. In it, the prolific novelist offers advice on how to get published. You can read the article by clicking here. Before you click, make sure you have a sense of humor and aren't too easily offended.
For further reading that is somewhat related to recent themes bandied about here on MM, try reading this nice analysis of what makes The Onion tick. The author, Greg Beato, makes the point that The Onion doesn't really care about possibly offending people and has zero interest in providing social media space for comments. Can and should these lessons be applied to the publishing of genre fiction in the 21st century? Am I (and so many other editors) going about our acquisitions the wrong way, with our fear of offending and therefore turning away readers? If we were braver, would we sell more books? Good questions, all.