November 01, 2006
I'm a bad blogger. Bad, bad Dharma!
I skipped out on my blog for four weeks. Oh, well. Not to worry. Today is a new beginning. Although right now it's 3:30 in the afternoon so half of today is a new beginning or at least half of a new beginning.
One of these days, I'm going to blog consistently everday. Nice short spurts of humor and inspiration that you can read while eating your cornflakes. Hmmm...do people still eat cornflakes? I know I don't, although I think about them like that acquaintance in high school that you wanted to be friends with but he was just too weird to be seen with.
What was I talking about? Oh yeah, keeping it short. So here goes... done!
October 05, 2006
The Experiment So Far...
About 3 weeks ago, I wrote that I was beginning an experiment in creation. I explained that I would be using visualization and related techniques to draw people and opportunities to me that would help launch my career as a professional author and speaker. So what can happen in a few weeks?
I have since found a writing buddy, with whom I meet every week to discuss progress on our individual projects and careers. This has been immensely helpful as it keeps me motivated and on task. She also referred me to a professional editor with some serious street credit (she used to work for Random House and other publishers, and was also an agent for many years). I now have a professionally edited manuscript.
Last weekend, I attended a FREE writer's conference in Glendale, AZ and got some great information about how to improve my book (e.g. expanding it from 45,000 words to a more conventional 60,000+ words). I also hooked up with a group that helps writers book public speaking gigs, which is precisely what I've been looking for. It's amazing. I may also be helping to coach other writers in the organization to help them work on their public speaking skills.
In a matter of weeks, my career has gone from the hanger (I'm going for an airplane analogy so buckle up and keep your seats and trays in their locked and upright position) to the taxi way, building up momentum to hit the runway and takeoff! It shows me that combining visualization and other creation techniques with hard work and an open heart does in fact lead to success. I will keep you posted as things progress. In the meantime, I have a LOT of writing to do.
October 02, 2006
Opportunities and Expansions
Last Saturday, I attended a local writer's conference. I didn't have a lot of expections, but I certainly got a lot out of it. Way to go Glendale Library!!!
During one of the breaks between lectures, I ventured past some of the tables where a lot of self-published authors were selling copies of their books. I came to a table held down by a growing organization that helps authors book public speaking gigs. BINGO! Just what I was looking for. It turns out that not only will this possibly be the chance to book some gigs, they are also talking with me about coaching others to improve their public speaking skills. How awesome is that?
The lectures at the conference were just as beneficial. One speaker talked about word counts, something I had not given a lot of thought to. It was suggested that I count the words on 10 pages of books in the same genre as mine, then use those numbers to calculate the total word count. I did this with about 5 similar books, all ended up with word counts between 60,000 and 75,000 words.
So how did my book compare? I packed in a whopping 44,000 words. Yikes! I guess I need to add more content. Back to the manuscript!
Peas and hominy,