Moving into another realm.
Life grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go – Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) Greenday.
One minute you’re flying high, things are going in a good direction. Maybe things aren’t happening as fast as you’d like, but they’re happening.
That’s where I was about 30 days ago. Waist deep in the creation of the Phoenix Author and Writer Workshops. I’d been mixing and mingling, networking like crazy to find local publishing professionals to join the group. The more people I spoke to, the more exciting – and comfortable – the event became. I felt like I was “finding my tribe” in a way. Meeting talented and spirited people to discuss sharing, creation and opportunity was an experience beyond what I expected.
Knowing the monumental task of trying to create something from nothing, and attempting to establish ourselves so quickly in the community, I tried anyway. After four months of re-building the wheel and getting the crank going, I began to realize I’d bitten off way more than I could chew. Yes, the events will happen, it will just be down the road a little longer as I adjust the plan.
Having to make the decision to apply the breaks was a hard one. I felt I’d gotten into a good rhythm of connecting with the right people and sharing the idea. I was busy doing busy work and I liked it. Taking away the busy work has given me a different perspective.
It’s also brought another opportunity to the table, something I think will help the authors I work with even more than creating workshops. I will still network and mingle with creative people. My tribe will continue to grow.
In truth my passion has always been to help authors achieve their dreams of creating their story, writing, publishing and promotion. This position lets me do it all.
As an Acquisitions Editor for a medium sized press here in Phoenix, Arizona, I will work with new and established authors to who are seeking a publisher for their work.
The great part is, authors do not need an agent to submit their manuscript. They also do not have to be an established author with a shelf full of books.
What they will need is a good story. They can be in the various stages of development, from first draft to completed manuscript, we can work with anyone who is ready to take their work to the next stage, and then the next, all the way through publishing.
Along the way we can work together to connect with the books target audience and build a following. For any author, the larger the audience, the better.
Page-Readers, my podcast on Blog Talk Radio, my first step into the world of author promotion, will continue to be a part of what I’m doing. Launched in 2009, the show format has seen a few changes. In the beginning I focused on live author interviews. Then I added Page-Readers OutLoud to the mix, reading from some of my favorite books over the years. Lately the show has consisted of me sharing news about the publishing, promotion and writing world as well as updates on my latest projects. I would like to bring back author interviews, do more readings and of course, keep listeners up to date. And, I’ll be able to share all the wonderful books authors submit!
So now it’s time to let life grab my wrist. Let go of some things and focus on others.
How about you? If you’re reading this, perhaps you’ve the book I’m looking for. Maybe this is a sign for you? Is it time for you to let life grab you by the wrist too?
Go Here – Submit your manuscript today.
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