MY WRITER’S JOURNAL Sept. 13/17 – The First Day

Hi all of you writer’s out there. I’v been thinking about doing a daily writing journal for a while now. I’ve been putting it off, (it’s called procrastination) like writer’s do. I thought I needed to advertise it first to prepare everyone for the start of this venture. The trouble is, by waiting, you’re missing out of some interesting things that I’ve been up to over the past couple of weeks that involve my writing life.

Just to bring you up to speed, last week I started making contact with those people who want me to come and talk at their book clubs in the fall. I’ve also lined up a book signing at a place in Palmyra, Ontario called The Crazy 8 Barn. They have invited a number of local authors to come out and sell their books on October 21, 2017. I’m doing this instead of a library event. I’ve done two already in the past year. I find that people come to the library to borrow books, not buy them. So I thought I’d leave that for other writers who haven’t had the chance yet.

I’m in the process of getting a big banner made up in the next couple of weeks for when I’m out and about. It’s going to be 31″ X 81″ so you’ll be able to see if from a distance. I wanted something professional looking and eye-catching to attract people to my table. A picture of my with my book, River of the Stick Wavers, my website address, and my name. Of course, I had to figure out what colors and design would be the most effective since I know very little about marketing. I googled online author banners to get a few ideas. ‘ll let you know if it makes a difference.

This week, I’ve been in contact with a company called LitFire. They offer a service where they can do my social media for a 3 month period to boost my writer’s platform and get my name out there. After much back and forth of information via email, we couldn’t seem to come to any kind of agreement. They offer packages, but I don’t need everything in the package. And they seem unwilling to sell piece meal. You see, all the social media stuff needed for we indie writer’s is on our shoulders. But I just can’t do it all. I’ve tried, but it just leaves me miserable and unable to actually write. I’m already creating a workshop. I’ve been told that it’s hard to sell a book unless people can connect with me. So I thought a workshop would be just the thing. I like helping people already, and I enjoy speaking, so it seemed like a good fit. I also include a new blog entry on my website every week, usually about topics of interest to me and hopefully my reader: writing, poetry, women’s lives, some personal stuff, and now this writing journal, along with trying to line up gigs to sell my book. In the future, I have in mind to teach writing, so I’ll be back at the drawing board preparing for that. In the meantime, I like to go to at least two writer’s workshops each year to hone my writing chops. There’s one coming up in November in Paris, Ontario.

As you can see, there’s lots to if you want to be an indie writer. ┬áThis doesn’t even include trying to write my next novel, which, I might add, will be historical fiction. You know what that means — lots and lots of research.

Suffice it to say, I haven’t had much time to work on my new novel beyond doing research to get a feel for my time period. This afternoon I plan to write another post for my blog. I like to get a few lined up ahead of time so I can free up time for the novel. But do you know what, I still love writing. It’s like falling in love with someone and having to take the dysfunctional family that comes with them. Oh well, you can have everything.

Well, that’s it for now. See you tomorrow.

Gillian

 

 

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