Rory C. Keel
For a writer, social networking sites are beneficial in several ways.
First, they can help you make connections with other writers who are trying to achieve the same goals. The ability to discuss with others the techniques that work, and those that might not, can help you as a writer avoid mistakes and pitfalls by increasing your knowledge of the writing craft.
Second, social networking sites can provide the ability to contact and reach out to successful writers and their publishers, creating opportunities that you might not otherwise have. Due to the high volume of manuscripts received by publishers, many good writers are overlooked. By networking with publishers, agents, and the authors who write for them, your connections could turn into an asset when you are ready to seek publication.
The third is marketing. As much as we would like for our writing to sell itself, or for our publishers to do all the marketing, we will need to do some of it, if not most, for ourselves. A majority of publishers will want to know your platform – in other words, do you have an audience? With social networking sites, you can develop a potentially vast audience for your writing.
Putting a Slant on things
Rory C. Keel
When words are slanted to the right, they are in Italic. In writing, this can indicate several things to the reader.
Italic word are used to accent words with emphasis or importance. They can also indicate book, magazine or play titles, even words from a foreign language.
Standard practice when writing of typing a manuscript is to underline the words to be Italicized.
Wordsmith Six members have been writing and critiquing together for many years now, and we are continually exploring opportunities for our work. It’s very exciting to move into new creative venues, and with that I’m happy to announce that two of our members have started their own publishing companies!
Yesterday’s Dream – Today’s Reality!
Rory C. Keel is now accepting clients for Carpe Diem Publishers, offering complete services for authors. Rory will take your book wide, in print and eBook, and offers a variety of services to help you realize your dream of holding that book in your hand.
Carpe Diem Publishers will be publishing our Route 66 collection of novellas soon. Stay tuned. We will let you know as work progresses.
Always Keep Moving Forward
If you read this blog on a regular basis, you know my books did not find a home through traditional publishing route, and that’s why I started NKB BOOKS, LLC. I write stories set in the West about the days of horse drawn wagons, cowboys, and the wild Texas frontier. Definitely not something that would appeal to a mainstream audience, but hopefully there is are readers out there who appreciate a good western story as much as I do. I’m working to release my body of work, and that means hiring cover designers, finding formatters, and planning promotional events. I am also working with several people on a few co-authoring projects that I will be publishing through my new LLC. I like the control so far, but it is a lot of work. I am not taking on any new clients at this time.
Keep writing and always be on the lookout for new opportunities. You never know where this crazy journey will take you!
Things that make you say, Humm?
Rory C. Keel
I recently had the opportunity to spend a couple of weeks in the state of Massachusetts on a business trip. Several friends had asked if I had ever been there during the time that the leaves change in the fall. Between all the maple, Sumac and Birch trees the change in color is said to be unbelievable. When I arrived, the trees were still green, however, like a magic trick, change appeared within a week. It was an amazing thing to see.
I decided to take one day and go to Boston and experience some great American history. In my search for the most fantastic piece of history, I found the Boston drain. Many people would spend their time imagining all of the creepy things underneath this heavy metal stopper, but not I.
My query was how long it would take for the city to begin to swirl and be sucked down through this little drain.
Jump Start Your Writing Challenge – A weather change
Rory C. Keel
One day this week the temperature drops to minus two degrees and then rises to peak at seventy the next day, and the week ended with three inches of rain topped by two inches of snow. Now that’s a weather change!
Perhaps that’s the kind of change that prompted ol’ timers to use sayings like,
“Whether it’s cold or whether it’s hot; we shall have weather, whether or not!”
To tell you the truth, sometimes the best way to forecast the weather is to look outside and see what’s happening at the moment.
Did you have a weather change this week?
Rory C. Keel
The word “Successful” is an adjective that is defined as accomplishing an aim or purpose.
As writers, success is accomplished when you start. With every step from learning how to write, doing research for materials, to putting letters on a page, each action is success.
Others reach success when they complete a piece or when they market a published work.
Being successful is not static or a finite level that a writer achieves, but success is a description of someone moving forward step-by-step accomplishing their goals.
Start writing today and be successful with every step.
There are times that I honestly feel this way!