Archive for January 2011
New Year’s Resolution
I have not made a list of resolutions for the 2011. I have one goal: To get my manuscript FROM MONASTERY TO MATRIMONY in the hands of a publisher. In preparation for that I am slowly joining the social media scene. You can find me on Facebook now. Never thought I would be a Facebook friend. After reading Gary Vaynerchuk’s book, CRUSH IT, I see it is imperative to join the rush to social media in order to build a brand. Vaynerchuk writes a compelling book on using Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and a half dozen other sites I have never heard of. He advises use of them to monetize your personal brand–yourself–your passion.
Writer’s Digest article Elements of a Successful Fiction Platform by Christina Katz, speaks to combining your blog writing talents with other blog writers by guest posting. “If you are too overwhelmed with maintaining your own blog, consider teaming up with other likeminded writers.” Jane Friedman utilizes guest blogs frequently. Her blog, There Are No Rules, has recently posted a four-part blog by Darrelyn Saloom, an emerging writer. Saloom recently attended the Oxford Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference; she shares experiences of meeting and pitching several agents resulting in requests for her book proposal. In reading her written images of the conference you will definitely see the value in attending a quality writers conference.
Don’t miss Jane Friedman’s daily blog, There Are No Rules. If you don’t have time to read it each day, capture it in a folder to read later. But do capture it. Good luck with your New Year’s Resolutions.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
My wish for all is a peaceful, prosperous, healthy and Happy 2011. I rang in the New Year in beautiful downtown Nashville. A friend invited me to the Re-Opening of our magnificent Schermerhorn Symphony Center. It was the celebration of the first concert in the Center since the devastating May, 2010 flood that destroyed it and many other downtown venues. The concert began at 9 p.m. nearly my bedtime. The guest artist was virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman. The concert lasted two hours culminating with champagne and sweets to toast in the New Year. While we were enjoying the concert in the Center, crowds filled Broadway Street to enjoy country music stars performing at Waterfront Park. They rang in the New Year as a giant guitar dropped counting down the seconds to midnight. Fireworks illuminated the sky over the Cumberland River. We live in a beautiful city. Make it your destination in 2011.