July 28, 2009

I'm Trying!!

Yes!! Two in one week and I'm on vacation!!!

One of the (many) things I learned from the Midwest Writers Workshop was that as a writer you have to have a web presence. It makes sense in this day and age, it isn't difficult to do, and its actually quite fun. I just didn't put the importance on writing a blog, instead I put the importance on writing my book! Some of the most popular sessions at the conference were the ones about the internet and writers resources.

I went to a session on Newest Tools and Sites for Writers looking to Get Discovered given by Jane Friedman from Writers Digest magazine. I knew about Authonomy.com but I never heard of WeBook.com which is a collaboration website for writers or CreateSpace.com. I have checked out Authonomy and I enjoyed reading some of the stories. I will probably go back there, read and review some more. There have been authors that have been discovered from that website. I am not against it, I just don't know I am going to post any of my own work on the site. I could go to Smashwords or Lulu, publish my work and even charge people for it but I really want to get published traditionally. I like the idea of seeing my own work in print. I might eventually get a Kindle but I will never stop buying books. I listen to books on CD but I would never stop buying real books in order to just listen to them.

I wonder if Ernest Hemingway would have his own website if he were living today. I do plan on writing this blog a little more often. Whether or not it peaks anyone's interest is another story. I read a lot of blogs but I just never got around to writing all that much.

I'm still in Tennesee. I will be headed back tomorrow or early Thursday.

Here are some of the websites that Ms. Friedman talked about in her session. I haven't checked most of them out yet but when I do I will let you know what I think or if you check them out you can let me know.


I will post again. Maybe even tomorrow. Talk to you soon!! Patti

July 26, 2009

Writers Workshop and Other Stuff

Hello again!!

Yes, I realize I have not posted since January but this year has taken me by surprise. Spring was almost non-exisistant in Chicago and the time just went by. Before I knew it, it was time for the Midwest Writers Workshop that I went to for the second time this year. It was just as inspiring as it was last year and I am going to start saving my pennies for next year. I met with an agent and she wants to see ten pages of my work!! She was so nice, she even helped me rework my query letter. I am going to finish all of that up and send it out next week or the following.

Right now I am getting set to go on the second half of my journey. I am going down to Tennessee to see my girls and bring them back up here so they party with me for my birthday. Some people mind getting older, I just like to party. Well, that is all for the moment but I will keep everyone posted on what happens with the query. I will also post more often.

Next time: some of the stuff I learned from the workshop.

Thank you for reading my ramblings,