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THE WRITING BIZ
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What do authors do all day on the computer, other than...you know...write their book? Non-writers often donít understand the myriad of jobs we authors perform every day. For example, Iím not sitting here playing computer games or looking up the latest celebrity news. Iím WORKING. Here are some of the things youíll find me doing, and likely other authors as well:

Answer an invitation to be a guest blogger on someone elseís site

Confer with colleagues over joint website about to launch Look for The Book Belles coming soon with a new Spring season contest!)

Email critique partner about online chat scheduled for next month

Scan Publishers Lunch for industry news

Answer invitation to speak at local creative writing class

Read and comment on other peopleís blogs

Begin notes for my next blog entry

Facebook: Write a quick post; Respond to friend requests; Invite people to follow my blog on Networked Blogs; Respond to comments on my last post; Comment on group sites

Social Networks other than Facebook: Update my profile, add my recent reads, add events

Sign up for Romancing the Holidays booksigning in Altamonte Springs Mall on November 7th

Update the Favorite Links and Photo Album pages on my website

Back up important files

Print mailing envelope to send book for contest prize (see The Book Belles above)

Ongoing research for current WIP

Read listserves, i.e. group emails. I belong to loops for Novelists, Inc., Sisters in Crime, Florida Romance Writers, Southwest FL Romance Writers, Central FL Romance Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter of MWA, Cozy Armchair readers, Romance Writers of America and its various listserves (Kiss of Death chapter, Technology, Industry, PAN, etc.); Murder Must Advertise, Cynthia Sterlingís Market News, and more. From these posts, I glean info on marketing, promotion, research links, state of the industry, agent/editor interviews, computer tips, etc. The wealth of information is astounding. Some of my time is spent following links suggested by other writers for how-toís on book blog tours, video trailers, publicity ops, etc.
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As you see, these activities can take up all our spare time. Thatís why writers are so frazzled these days. Not only do we have to contend with the stages of getting a book from page one to the bookshelf: i.e. writing the story, copy edits, page proofs, and marketing plan, but thereís all the above aspects of a writing career. Maintaining a balance is the key to sanity.


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More Blogs by Nancy J Cohen
• Contests for Publishing Authors - Sunday, December 23, 2012
• Common Writing Mistakes - Thursday, September 20, 2012
• Tips for Using Facebook - Thursday, August 16, 2012
• Krazy with Kindle - Saturday, November 20, 2010
• Finishing Your Book - Tuesday, August 24, 2010
• BOOK TRAILER - Saturday, December 05, 2009
•  THE WRITING BIZ - Sunday, May 24, 2009  
• HAIR MATTERS - Sunday, February 15, 2009
• ESCAPE - Tuesday, February 03, 2009
• Living in the Void - Sunday, August 17, 2008
• SETTING GOALS - Friday, May 30, 2008
• PROPS FOR WRITERS - Monday, January 21, 2008
• TRIP TO FORT MYERS - Wednesday, January 16, 2008
• RESEARCH - Saturday, October 13, 2007


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