Recently, my writing has taken more of a priority for me and I have been working on it outside of writing my blog. If you read my blog regularly, you might notice that my posts are later in the day. You also might notice my words might not have the conviction or intensity you have become accustomed to reading when you visit my page. But, I have been working on the possibility of expanding my writing beyond my blog. This takes both time and knowledge. (And, therefore, energy!)
Fortunately, I have time. However, it is how I use that time that counts. Just like everyone, I need to use my time wisely. This is especially true when I don’t want to abandon my blogging. I just want to expand my writing. In part, this is why my blog posts have become later and later. Now, instead of writing my blog, I am working on other some facets of writing earlier in the day.
These facets include: compiling poems, editing drafts, reworking words, brainstorming beta readers, and assembling curriculum so it is accessible to a third grader’s curiosity and reading level. Each of these tasks takes time. (I am really not into tongue twisters, despite how this seems! )
Everyone in my house is self-taught in something. You could say we are “big” in self-teaching skills. I am not unlike the rest of my family. For the first ten years of my elementary based garden club, I taught myself the ecological, horticultural, and environmental information before I ever stepped in front of my students for the year. I’m not sure I could teach any differently now. However, there comes a time to legitimize one’s knowledge. At least, for me, I know that is true. So, I took care of that and got my second M.S. – this time in Environmental Ed.
My writing is no different. I enjoy it. I do “okay” at writing – although I know I have several problem areas such as the overuse of commas, and verbosity. But, those minor infractions do not keep people from following my blog or returning as regular readers. And, importantly, for me is the need to resist perfectionism in the writing. I do not want to fret and obsess over grammar or other characteristics that will take the fun out of it. I am aiming for professional and well polished, not obsessive thoughts over what I should or should not include in my writing.
But, I know nothing of the book publishing world. So, for the last three Wednesday night’s I attended a series of Webinars offered by an author that lives in my town. I saw the webinars advertised on Facebook most assuredly because the author and I know many of the same people. I decided to go for it – as they say! I mean it’s a webinar – not a doctoral dissertation!
The Zoom meeting style content included:
Week 1: Self Publishing 101
Week 2: Book Marketing 101
Week 3: The ABCs of Authorpreneurship
I enjoyed all three of the sessions and took notes furiously! So, I am learning more about the “world” of self-publishing from an author who has done it over and over again with success. Have I learned anything? Yes, I believe I have. I know I need to have a manuscript done first or the compilation of my poems collected before I can do more.
But, I’m spending time learning about a craft/skill/talent (you choose the word) that has become second nature to me. Time. Knowledge. Write. Repeat.
I’ll get there. I know I will.
Tonight, my questions for my Slicing Friends are these: What have you found helpful to your writing and/or publishing career? Is there an online source you cannot live without? Do you find a particular website helpful for formatting? What do you like to do to promote your work? Who do you use for Beta readers?
If you don’t mind letting a few of your secrets out, I would love to hear what you find helpful beyond the blogging world.