Saturday, February 26, 2011

Blog-Hog?

It's  been one week since I started this blog, and as I continue to network with other writers I am slowing leaning all the ins and outs of blogging.  Many bloggers have links to their Twitter and/or FaceBook accounts, and many have links to their own web sites.  I have spent numerous hours reading other blogs on blogging, the etiquette of blogging, and why you should or should not blog.  

The one thing I am still not certain of is:  Am I being a blog-hog by emailing all my friends and relatives about my blog?  Am I being too pushy when I attach my blog address to my Tweets or my FaceBook profile here and there? What about commenting on other blogs and then as a side note, mentioning my blog?  And of course, in each and every mention of my blog, I am asking people to follow me. (oink-oink)

Any advice out there from fellow-bloggers?  How did you get others to follow you without sounding too pushy, demanding, or oinky?

In closing I'd like to thank all of you who chose to read my blog and to follow me as well!  And to those who read, followed, and left a comment: you are my hero! 

PS.  My editor just sent me chapter 37.  I am starting to get a bit anxious now.  Soon I shall have to stop blogging about the query letter and get down to business and do it.  Wish me luck!


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Saturday, February 19, 2011

New Beginnings

Welcome to my new blog!  

I've read that it's a good idea for wanna-be writers to be: not only well read - but to be affiliated with writer's blogs, online groups, and to even start a blog of their own where they can be "out there."

I'm not sure how many people will even be interested in what I have to say on a weekly basis, and the idea of blogging on a daily basis is far too daunting!  But I imagine it will do me some good to get used to writing my thoughts (at least some of them) in a place where others can view them at will, and hopefully, give me some feedback.

As far back as I can remember (some days are better than others) I have always wanted to be a writer.  One of my favorite books as a young girl was Little Women, and the character I identified with the most was Jo, of course.  I've written some poetry, a few short stories and began many novels through the years.  But it wasn't until I began my latest endeavor that I finally felt the push to really go for it.  The push came in the form of a dream, and it was so vivid and realistic, that I jumped out of bed and wrote it down at 2:30 a.m.  The next day I started writing, and by the end of the week had 3 chapters done.  It has been fun and exciting to see where my characters will take me each day!

And now, my book is almost finished!  (The tentative title is Ravenswynd) I have a wonderful editor who is currently working on chapter 36.  (two more to go!)  So, I am getting geared up to begin the process of writing a synopsis, a query letter, and locating an agent.  I have been reading all that I can get my hands on regarding this process, and from what I hear, it can be grueling.  And in the mean time, I plan to continue working on the sequel to Ravenswynd.

In between bouts of writing the sequel, I am also in the midst of writing a time-travel book.  This idea has been brewing in my mind for many years, and so far I am having great fun with it.

Not everyone gets the chance to do what they've always wanted to do, and I am very grateful that I have been able to take this time to do just that.  Whether or not I ever get published is beside the point, although obviously, that would be a plus, and as time goes by I hope to share some of my writing on this blog.

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