Recently, I attended my first writer’s workshop about an hour away from here. I’m still taking it all in and haven’t quite decided what I thought of it just yet. I didn’t garner any new ‘aha!’ moments with any of the information set forth and I think that is a good thing because I feel that all the research and learning of the writing business that I have done has paid off. However, the two guest speakers were really fun and entertaining to listen to. One authored a non-fiction book about global warming and the other – a memoir. Both gals were great at speaking about the ups and downs of being a writer. The global warming author was even kind enough to let us listeners flip through her original proposal that she used to pitch the book. Hers wasn’t as thick as mine, so that was encouraging to realize that I didn’t necessarily need to put sooo much pressure on myself when it comes to polishing up my own proposal packet for a couple of my non-fiction book proposals.
Anyhow, the two presenters were Marcia Sargent, author of Wing Wife: How To Be Married to a Marine Fighter Pilot and Kimberly Keilbach, author of Global Warming Is Good for Business. Both are Southern California authors. Both were more than happy to share their experience with publishing. Marcia is independently published and Kimberly went through a traditional publishing house. Both had great things to say about both options. With my forthcoming book being published through a traditional publisher, I think I will try my hand at putting out a book that I publish on my own like Marcia did, in the coming year. I enjoy marketing and the business side of publishing just as much as I enjoy the writing.
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