Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Share the Love

Hello, all. Being new to the blogging scene, I'm not up on blogging etiquette, so forgive me for what's coming next if it's inappropriate.  I appreciate all your support and I've received some great comments from you on Facebook. Thanks for all your support! If you enjoy what I've been writing so far, please share this link with your friends. I'm kind of feeling my way in this new blog world in which I've landed, and am trying to figure out how best to attract more readers.

Okay, enough of that. I just finished making dinner for my wonderful family. Breakfast night--eggs, sausage, hashbrowns and oj....mmmmm! Now they're sitting watching the Cobsy Show--classic comedy that doesn't grow old! What this means is that things are relatively quiet now, so it's the perfect opportunity to craft (okay, throw together) today's post.

In all the excitement of the new book cover and the new blog, I almost forgot to tell you about the writers' workshop that I attended in New York City this past Saturday. It was sponsored by the New York chapter of the National Writers' Union. I'm not a member of the union (not yet, anyway), but they are key voice in protecting and furthering the rights of freelance writers nationwide.

Anyway, the conference was great. There was a major focus on how to market your book, the pros and cons of self-publishing, copyright and authors' rights, and a discussion of the challenges of poets and playwrights in getting their works heard--especially the works of minority writers.

The discussions and presentations were informative and inspiring. It convinced me of what I've suspected for a long time, that the major publishers are not the way to go for the majority of writers out there. Right now, technology and social media are making it easier for writers to publish books on their own. It's reminiscent of the days when the printing press brought written communication to the masses. Now, if there was an easy platform for marketing our books, we'd be all set!

Okay, I think I've rambled on enough for one post. To sum up, it was a great conference, and I'm looking forward to next year. Spending a day with other writers, poets, playwrights and journalists was refreshing. After working day in and day out in the financial realm, it's nice to be reminded that there are others out there who share a common interest.

Have a great night, and I'll be blogging again tomorrow!

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