Just since yesterday, thanks to the Writing Experiment, I have gained new followers and have started following a lot of great new blogs. (I'm excited to check my Dashboard every day now)
Over at Rach Writes she has a Writer's Platform Building Crusade going on and I have climbed aboard. Care to join all of us?
We are part of a new generation of writers and we must embrace it. Let me take you back in time for a second to 1998, the year I started dabbling in the publishing world. It wasn't pretty, people! In 1998 I was twenty years old, living as a resident tourist in an apartment in Hollywood, California and dial-up was my best friend and worst enemy. There were no online forms for agents, no Query Tracker. My view into the publishing world was from a large book called The Writer's Market. They didn't have a fun interactive website like they do now, or I didn't know about it. I was buying lots of stamps and waiting for months for rejections to my queries.
That wasn't even the worst of it. Blogging was non-existent, so I was writing in a vacuum with no one to write with that understood the writing world. It was no wonder so many classic writers offed themselves or became depressed alcoholics. It's not safe to be a writer without friends. That's why I put my fiction aside for a bit and have now come back to it twelve years later. (Sure, I kept my lofty writing goals in my head and I never gave up on my journals, but I didn't query again for twelve years.)
Us writers need each other and blogging is the best way for us to have a group and still be alone with our thoughts when we need to be. Thank you bloging world for being here when I'm down and when the words won't spill out across my blank pages.
Thank you Rachael Harrie for the crusade!