Month: February 2013

I am so jealous……

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101412_1724_PreppingFor3.jpgThe last three months of my life have been a precarious dance between coordinating the Literary Festival and teaching my college courses. I am very proud of what my students are learning and accomplishing as is evident in the growth in their public speaking. The Literary festival is exciting and I am also very proud of the forum we have created for authors to showcase their work. They are writing away.

This, unfortunately, is as close as I have gotten to writing anything. I am so jealous.  They are writing and editing books and I am, well, finding my way.

Once this is over, I am back at it.  I have several books in my brain, and I am filling up a writing journal with ideas.

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Humans Are Weird

For every positively fabulous thing that humans have ever done on this earth throughout history, there has always been – and will most certainly always be – an equally disastrous counterpart.

For instance:

Cure the common cold. Atom bomb.

Invent the plane. Crash it into a building.

Build up intricate, complex methods of communication. Tlk lyk dis.

Hamlet. The Secret.

Friends. Jersey Shore.

You get the idea.

However, one thing that never ceases to amaze me, is this long standing, natural human proclivity to procrastinate.

The story of “someday.”

Growing up, my parents had a philosophy that they themselves lived by puritanically. It’s not one, I don’t think, that they intentionally desired to imbue me with; but nevertheless, it was a way of thought that rubbed off on me. Kinda like a mosquito bug infects an unsuspecting traveller with malaria.

They taught me, through their actions that the day tomorrow…

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The Daily Post

Each of us blogs for a reason: you might write to document your life, you might write to satiate your inner muse — constantly clamouring for your attention just at the side of your consciousness — you might post photos to help you learn more about that awesome digital camera you just got, you might make stop-motion claymation movies because you just couldn’t get enough of Wallace and Gromit, you might write because you just can’t stop, or, you might be working on building traffic to your site so that eventually, you might be able to earn some money from all that creativity flowing through your veins. Each of our reasons for blogging is as individual as we are and that’s one of the wonderful things about the internet and the blogosphere.

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Minding Your Business

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It has been an extremely hectic three weeks. As I head into this next phase of my life, I am learning by watching, reading and reacting to the positives. I have worked diligently on my Cash Only 90 Day Challenge and am rounding the corner, but you know what I am finding? It is hard to balance your work habit and ethics with your business.

Hunter S. Thompson said, “Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.” If you are planning to be an author, especially an indie author, it is very relevant to mind your business. There are several things that one must learn early to get right. The ethics that one displays when composing the story, also become critical when you are building your audience base. If I am going to be a fan, I want to head to your website and see an updated photo of you.

This photo should be an author’s headshot.

This should not be a shot of you with people at your book signing.

Your main page should have a single photo of you.

Where will you be next if I can’t see you in Atlanta, will you be in Savannah? Is there a listing of book signings and where you will be next?

Are your social media pages updated?

Is there a link to every site where your books are so I can purchase the book in the format I like Kindle, Nook, Kobo or Sony Reader.

Are there reviews on Goodreads or on Amazon. Have you updated your Amazon Author page?
Here’s the thing.

If you want to be taken seriously as an author, and writing is your business, then it is time to mind your business.

There is no way for you to consider your writing as a second stream of income, if no one can believe you are serious about your craft.