Blog swap: “The best and worst of being a writer” by Scott Bury…

I was so pleased when Scott Bury invited me to swap blogs for the day.To say I was honoured is an understatement to say the least! See what I had to say on Scott’s blog today just click on the link below…

Scott is the very talented writer of ” The Bones of the Earth” as well as a twitter legend. His website (see below) is full of wisdom for writers all over!


Scott Bury is a professional writer and editor based in Ottawa, Canada. His first novel, The Bones of the Earth, is available on Amazon and Smashwords. His blog, Written Words (http://scottswrittenwords.blogspot.com), offers reviews, writing tips and opinions on all sorts of communications-related things.

 

Impacts

First, I have to thank Dawn for giving her blog to me to ramble on. Of course, in return, Dawn is contributing a guest post to my blog, Written Words, where I’ve asked her to describe the best and the worst her writing has done for her.

I thought I would approach the same question in terms of the publicity and promotional efforts I’ve made. I won’t use the word “campaign,” because I don’t think the disorganized thrashing I have done has enough logic to justify that description. 

Good stuff

The best outcome of writing and publishing fiction in the past year has been the new personal relationships I have made. Last summer, I started blogging more frequently in advance of publishing my first fiction. I started participating in others’ blogs, as well, and in online writers’ fora. I started to use Twitter and Facebook.

I discovered the world of independent publishing, a world that includes beta readers, crit circles, flash fiction competitions and sites that promote independent books. I’ve discovered excellent writers, and I have made many rewarding virtual friendships. I’ve joined the World Literary Cafe (http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/), which is now sending tweets every day or so to help promote my book.

The online publishing world has offered several opportunities. I’ve contributed guest posts to several blogs, like this one, and I’ve asked several writers to contribute to my series, “what’s the best and the worst you’ve ever done as a writer?”  The answers have been wide-ranging and surprising.

But I’m a bad boy

As I wrote, all this social networking is very rewarding … at least, emotionally. Less so financially. But I’m not complaining. Okay, I complain, but I don’t whine. Okay, I whine sometimes, but I have cheese with it.

So.

The downside to all this social networking is that it really takes up writing time. And I don’t have a whole lot of time available for writing fiction. I have a family and a career, and they’re of course my priorities one and two.

So, I’ve had to let some things slide into the future. I haven’t spent much time at all on LinkedIn since the fall. I have joined groups like the Magic Appreciation Tour (http://www.magicappreciationtour.com/Default.aspx) and Book Club Reading List (http://bookclubreading.com/), but I have not done much with either site, yet, so I have not been able to take advantage of the publicity they might offer.

I have made a number of commitments to write various pieces—like this column—and have taken entirely  too long to write them. For example, I agreed to write a short story about the last five minutes of the world for an anthology project organized by Lyn Midnight through Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/65828-writers-worth). I impressed her with the speed on the first half of the first draft, but it’s languished since then. And I agreed to write a short story for a competition for the Masquerade Crew (http://masqueradecrew.blogspot.ca/2012/02/interested-in-sponsoring-judging-or.html); thankfully, Mark Lee pushed the deadline forward. I have the idea worked out, I have an outline, characters, a conclusion and about three-quarters of the story, but I have to finish it.

I will. I promise. There, I said that publicly, here on DG Torrens’ blog. Now you can all hold me to it.

Oh, yes, and then there are the people who’ve asked me for reviews or advice. I’m getting to it. Really.

And at the end of all this, there’s that little thing writers call the “WIP.” Work in progress. Tentatively titled Walking Out of the USSR, it’s the novelized memoir of my father-in-law, who was drafted into the Red Army, was captured by the Germans, then escaped from a POW camp, rescued the 12 men in his command, entered the resistance, then was recaptured by the Soviets and sent to fight outside Berlin in 1945. Once the fighting was over, he escaped the Reds and made his way back to Canada.

There just are not enough hours in a week to do the things I need to do. Fortunately, there are supportive fellow writers like Dawn, who provide tweets and guest blogging opportunities to help get the word out to a wider audience.

See below a link direct to Scott’s book on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Bones-Earth-Part-ebook/dp/B006ARUEYE/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1335445618&sr=1-2

 

 


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