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Well, it’s been forty days of wandering through this journey of daily posts.
Today I attended The 2024 Boston Writing Workshop. It’s an online event with two days of classes, plus a lot of pre-recorded content.
I started by listening to Carlisle Webber from Fuse Literary teach a class on constructing a pitch for agents and probably watched it at least three times, because I’m scheduled to make my first pitch tomorrow to Mara Cobb from Martin Literary Management.
When I looked Mara up, I was glad to see we have some things in common. That made me feel less nervous.
What Did I Accomplish Today to Be a Writer?
I do usually make myself keep the lights off until my five a.m. alarm bells start their song; but I have to confess I did crack open my laptop at around four, trying to figure out what to do about Woo Commerce. When it came down to it, I realized I ought to put that component of my website project on hold, because it’s taking attention away from my writing.
I watched the class taught by Alec Shane on getting opening pages of a manuscript to stand out.
The next class was by Amy Nielsen about why an agent might pass on a submission. She happens to work for The Purcell Agency. I don’t know if there’s a relation there or not; but maybe I should start name dropping my own last name, instead of sticking with Jody Susan. 🙂
After that there was a class on creating a brand as an author by Lacy Phillips.
Next came Crafting Query Letters that Sell by Katie Reed.
What Am I Afraid of Doing Next in My Journey as a Writer?
My brain was pretty full after all that information. Hopefully I can implement what I’m learning.
Stuff I find myself saying: Oh dear.– Jody Susan
How Am I Balancing the Different Aspects of Being a Writer?
I said “Wait on WooCommerce” to myself this morning. I need to take things one at a time, instead of darting back and forth between ideas. I did have the idea to add an “anthology” section to my menu, where I could share audio versions of my short stories, poems and songs. We’ll see if that happens, or if I get side tracked once again. Mostly, I need a full-spectrum strategy, instead of getting distracted by little details that “need doing”.
What I’m Doing About Building a Body of Work as a Writer
I’m still stunned by the word count on my manuscript. I feel the need to cut it down, because of the normal marketplace standards; but going in there with “scissors” right now feels overwhelming. Thankfully some people have stepped forward as readers – having a fresh perspective will probably help me see things more clearly.
What I’m Doing to Complete My Manuscripts as a Writer
Tomorrow is my first pitch. I’m hoping I won’t get tongue tied.
What I’m Doing to Grow My Website as a Writer
I was encouraged that today the presenters put more emphasis on the importance of a website presence over having a social media following. That was a huge relief. I’ll still work on growing my platform; but it’s not something I want to make my focus.
What I’m Doing to Build My Blog as a Writer
Still blogging; but I haven’t touched other topics I want to, because of a lack of time. Hopefully I can get back to doing that soon. I don’t like having so many unfinished drafts.
Not so Fun Fact About Me: I start more than I finish.
What I’m Doing About Networking as a Writer
Being part of the writing conference today was good. It helps me have a better idea of the world beyond my computer screen and what it’s like to start the process toward publishing. I also spent time speaking with Lori Overmyer, who is currently reading my manuscript. She’s encouraged me to get a business card made and have my picture taken for a “headshot”. I told her I’d rather hide under a houseplant, like I did here; but I suppose I should go ahead and get a decent picture.
“Do you like my new hat?”– P.D. Eastman
Today I was thinking that this “old dog” doesn’t have much capacity for learning many more new tech tricks right now. My head’s a little too full trying to get “About Trees” ready for publication. Maybe that’s why I’m randomly sitting here watching a kid’s book about dogs from my couch cushions, which are still on the floor, since I haven’t made arrangements to get the frame through the front door. At least I’ve finally found the fourth leg.
Anyway, I forgot everything about the Go Dog, Go book, except that one line, “Do you like my new hat?” How funny that it ends with dogs in party hats when I was originally going to tell you I was wearing that fern, because I’d been invited to a Zoom birthday and had been told to wear a party hat. A houseplant on my head felt more natural.
I really need to go to bed now, because I’m totally rambling.
What I’m Doing About Monetization as a Writer
Nope, nothing is happening with monetization at this juncture; but I registered for another writing conference for the summer and made my final payment for a writing retreat in the Spring. Spending money is not something I’m super comfortable with; but I can see how each of these events I’ve attended has propelled me along in the manuscript production process and made me more comfortable with the idea of making a pitch.
What I’m Doing About Social Media as a Writer
Breathing a sigh of relief. After today, I don’t feel quite as much pressure to have a huge platform at this point.
What I’m Doing About Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a Writer
Trying to be more aware of how to protect my work so that Chat GPT and other comparable apps can’t pillage it. At this point, I don’t know what is possible in that realm.
What I’m Doing to Stay Organized as a Writer
I wrote today’s To Do list on a scrap of paper, because my planner looked too messy.
Looking Back at My Writing Journey
This has been a long day. I stepped in raccoon poop, so I might as well write about it; but really don’t need to.
Any Other Thoughts on Becoming a Writer, Random Rants, Tales, or Trials…
If you’re still reading, my randomness is probably becoming a trial worth ranting about, so I will high tail it out of here. Goodnight.
Thanks for reading what I’m writing,
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