Monthly Archives: July 2012
At James River Writers’ 2011 conference, I had the honor of sponsoring author Robert Goolrick whose first novel, The Reliable Wife, had reached blockbuster status. JRW was test-driving the author sponsorship concept and I was their first donor-sponsor. Lucky me.
In a recent blog post, Kevin Hanrahan shared how JRW’s 2011 conference played a role in his efforts to publish his book about dogs in the military. Kevin won Pitchapalooza, but that’s just part of the journey.
We all must admit that life often gets in the way of our passions, despite our best intentions. That special talent — like writing for example — gets smothered beneath the daily checklist of work, family, paying the bills, and making sure the boundaries of our lives haven’t changed. At least, that’s what happens to me, despite making new resolutions to commit myself to my writing.
So I walked into a recent Writers Wednesday at the Capital Ale House in Midlothian feeling … well, like a penitent going to confession. After my last WW, I had been determined to get a draft together and head out into the gauntlet of a new critique group. But the months had passed swiftly without any action on my part. Would my fellow writers sympathize with my false starts?
In his recent commencement address to the University of the Arts, Neil Gaiman talked to students about the publishing world they would be facing. “No one knows what the landscape will look like two years from now, let alone a decade away,” he described. The situation was “on the one hand, intimidating and on the other, immensely liberating.”
A diverse group of panelists offered their view of the changing landscape for authors at The Writing Show on June 28. “Even though there are a finite number of publishing opportunities, no two writers’ journeys are the same,” moderator David Kazzie said in his opening remarks. More