Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Famous writer

Ha. That was just to get your attention.

What's it feel like to get your picture in a local newspaper because you're part of a group of writers who put together a self-published book?

Pretty good. Hey, some review is better than none.

Anyhow, it's part of the process of writing and publishing. Besides doing the agony (joy) of writing, you get to edit, edit, edit, edit, create one-sheets, write a synopsis, research a market plan, write up a pitch, print our professional business cards (several different kinds, no less), work through your nerves, spend a lot of money going to a writer's conference (have fun), meet some new friends, hear some great speakers, get a chance to talk to agents and editors, tremble with anticipation for that request (send me a sample), and finally, finally, someday, reach your goal. Hold your published book in your hands.

Of course, that's not the end of it. If you want your book to sell, you gotta put that marketing plan (see above) into practice. Visit bookstores and any other stores that sell books, set up signings, print bookmarks and other marketing tools, give speeches (on your book, or at least bring your topic around to your book in some sneaky way), bore everyone around you with the only topic you really want to talk about (writing), blog, set up a webpage, and oh, probably a dozen other things I haven't mentioned yet.

So all that brings us to our quote for the day: Advance confidently in the direction of your dreams! -- Henry David Thoreau

Minister wives: You're Tip of the Day: Call a friend and tell them they're appreciated. It'll make their day, and yours. You'll be surprised at the response you'll get, at the delight that will seep through that phone into your ear and down to your heart.

And by the way: I'll post mostly on Tuesdays through Fridays.


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