The answer to the never-ending question: okay, I set up this blog, now what am I supposed to do with it?
These are my random musings - some about writing and some about every day life. I fancy myself as having a bit of attention deficit so the challenge is to keep up as my muse runs free in a cloud of color, emotion and imagination. You can learn a little about me and I hope to hear from you as well.
|Posted by Tea Railene on May 7, 2015 at 1:35 AM||comments (0)|
I did not know there was a day to celebrate independent bookstores, but this year I was invited to celebrate with style. I went to a huge book signing at Oregon Books in Grants Pass, Oregon. What an awesome place! The staff was so friendly and accomodating. I thought it might be cool to be seen and sell a few books. I didn't realize the other benefits I would get out of the visit
I brought a few copies of my book, Monsters On The Farm, and set up in front of the store. I was elbow to elbow with fellow writers. This was the first time I had been at an event like this, and I had no idea what to expect. I am normally hugely shy in public so at first I kind of tucked in and held my breath.
Next thing I knew I was cracking up with Judi Holdeman, the writer sitting next to me. She was a kick and we actually had a lot in common. She told me about a local group called Authors Innovative Marketing which helps self-published authors work together for promotion and stuff. Wow, that's great networking!! I can't wait to see her again at the next meeting when we will exchange books.
I also met Frank Morin sitting on the other side of me. He has written a couple of fantasy books and was definitely fascinating to talk to!! I enjoyed hearing about how the other writers got inspiration, how they dealt with editing and where they got their book cover material from. It was such a learning experience!!
My book is still available at Oregon Books and will be indefinitely. If you represent a school or know of one who is interested, I am happy to donate a copy to the school libraries. I love kids after all
My newest project is producing a second edition of my very first book. I am really excited to be able to fix it up and re-release it, so stay tuned!!
|Posted by Tea Railene on March 15, 2015 at 6:15 AM||comments (0)|
Write about what you know. Logically, I should probably fashion a blog about the writing life - giving new writers expert tips about inspiration, editing and marketing. The downfall is, I don't feel like an expert. I am kinda learning about the business of writing as I go along.
So what do I know? I have written two self-published children's books. I have written articles for children's magazines, as well as quite a few puzzles and poems. I have also written some published personal experience essays. I love to write and have so many more projects are in the works.
I'm not sure what the professional blog etiquette is, but I am just going to write from the heart. What goes through a writer's mind? What inspires them to put their thoughts on to paper? What are they like "in real life"?
I am writing this while watching a baseball game on television with my fiance. We both love baseball. He used to work a lot with little league and played as a catcher himself. Once we got together, he took me to a few collegiate wood bat games and soon I was hooked. This September we are getting married at the local baseball field. I guess I got really hooked.
Have you ever had so many ideas in your mind that you are just overwhelmed? How do you decide which project to pursue first? Do you spend your free moments writing or more promoting? Should you use different pen names for different genres? I am bowled over by all the information there is to gather, research to do, subjects to write about, projects to accomplish and problems to solve. I think my expert blog contains more questions than answers, but that is what keeps the adventure going. I will muddle through all this, and keep you updated on the progress. Let's learn together