What are you planting in your "literary garden"?
This month kicked off with “Prepare Your Life Garden Day”—the day when we think about what "crop" we want to harvest in the coming months and what we need to do now to give those seeds the best chance to germinate.
As writers, we focus a lot of our energy on our literary efforts, whether they take the form of fiction or non-fiction, essays or articles, magazine assignments or corporate work.
But just as critical is the business side of writing: what we do that results in those income-producing tasks coming our way, how we enhance our platform and, perhaps, most importantly, what we are doing to support our own passion for writing.
While I pretty much have the marketing side down pat, at least as far as day-to-day assignments (which I think of as annual plants, in staying with the garden theme), I am not paying as much attention as I should on the “perennials”: the non-fiction and fiction projects that represent a long-term effort.
So this year, I will be dedicating both time and effort to those kinds of "plants"—making space in my literary life garden for my writing book, my novels and my short fiction collection.
What will you be planting in your garden? Share it here at The Writer’s Place blog as a way of encouraging the rest of us!
This Month’s Interviews and Features ~~~~~~~~~~~
On May 27 at The Writer’s Place, Stephanie Golden will talk about what it’s like to collaborate on a book project as this month’s “Focus On…” feature.
Over at One on One: Insights into the Writer's Life, Antoine Wilson shares his thoughts on writing in a two-part interview!
Check out my list of famous writers who celebrate their birthdays this month as well as lots of other great information and links at The Writer’s Place.
And I'm always looking for writing books to add to the For Your Library section. Have a favorite that’s not there? Send me the info and I’ll get it listed!
- Ready to send out a query letter for your non-fiction project? Check out Galley Cat’s Agent Query Letters That Actually Worked for Nonfiction.
- Be a smart self-promoter with these Seven Ways to Put Google Alerts to Work for You tips from Writers Win!
- You need a To-Do list—just don’t over-To-Do it! Read this
Monday Night Writers — If you live in or around Youngstown, OH, join me and my Monday Night Writers group for our monthly meeting. We meet, write and get feedback on current projects! This month’s meeting is scheduled for 6 PM on Monday May 13. For more information, email me: nancy[at]nancychristie.com!
I’m also working on my 2013-14 calendar. If you’d like me to be part of your next writing event, e-mail me or give me a call at 330-793-3675 and let’s talk!
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