Friday, July 18, 2008

But How Do You...?

"I even shower with my pen, in case any ideas drip out of the waterhead." ~Graycie Harmon

Devon asked yesterday how I found the writers' group I spoke to. Here's a little secret: check the newspaper. This writers' group was featured in my hometown paper, and my mom sent me the clipping. (So thanks mom!) But I also always check the "Local Events" calendar in my local paper as well, to see not only what authors are appearing where ('cause that might be an opening for me too), but also if there's a community group that might be interested in hearing an author speak.

To be honest, I had focused more on contacting book clubs and bookstores before, but it makes sense to target writers' groups as well. After all, they're REALLY interested in writing and getting published, so you would think they'd like to hear from someone who has.

There's an online site called, and I've heard authors recommend contacting groups listed there, too. They have groups organized by geographical location as well as interest, so I'll probably be checking them out for possible guest speaker opportunities too.

But today I have to spend a little time revising One Night in Napa. One of my writer friends said she recently read a piece of advice that said you must "live in your book" as you're working on it, which makes sense. If I spend too much time away, I forget what's going on, character names, the whole feel of the chapter I'm in.

So I'm off to write...wish me luck...I want to have this revised by the end of the summer!


Amy said...

Have fun revising and living in your book! Great idea bout checking the local paper for finding groups to speak to.

Melissa Blue said...

You know that's advice I can live by. When I'm doing the first draft I like to write every day. The more I'm "in" the story the more I can see what I need to write next.

I hope the revisions work out fine and make the story better.

windycindy said...

Happy Friday! I wish you much luck with your revising! Enjoy your weekend! Cindi

The Blonde Duck said...

Good luck!

Chad Aaron Sayban said...

Congratulations on your writing success. I'm enjoying reading your blog.

That's great advise. I may have to give the writing groups in my area a try. Thanks.

Marianne Arkins said...

I really appreciate that you're doing all the promo stuff first *G*

Happy weekend!

Devon Gray said...

As always, thanks for the great advice! I hope you had a productive day of writing. I agree that we have to live in our book. The downside of this, though, is that if your heroine has a really bad day, so do you. LOL.