Self Examination

Posted: February 7, 2013 in Non-Rant

I had a chance to participate in an online discussion recently. It was very helpful and enlightening regarding writing and the whole ‘being published‘ thing. We even have homework.  We were asked to consider the following, and then to respond  I thought I would share my answers here. (and yes, I know I’ve been gone forever. Stuff Happens. I’m back.)

Your Personal Strengths and Your Challenges.

Sounds like I’m in a job interview. I’ve done so many of those in the last two years I had to stop and really think about what I was going to write, not just react.

Challenges First: I don’t have a job that provides me with any discretionary monies to spend on promotion. My story sells for $1.99 and I know I’d think long and hard before buying it, if I didn’t already know how it ends. I want desperately to go to conferences, to have ‘swag’ give always and pay for a blog tour to get people to notice me, but the economics of my life right now won’t permit it. This is the hardest challenge I need to overcome.

Also I don’t have minions. I don’t have a lot of connections on all the Internet locations. I know I can change that and that it will take time. I can handle that challenge.

My Strengths: I’m a good people person. I seem to be an interesting combination of writer, a mostly solitary activity, and vaudevillian. I don’t hesitate to talk to perfect (and not so perfect) strangers. I’ve spoken to large group. I stand in line and I’ll strike up a conversation with the people around me just as easy as not. I could do personal appearances, if the need arose, or even speak at a conference. No problem.

I also have an excellent grasp of technology, both old school as well as ‘bleeding edge‘. I think that helps me use all the tool possible to polish my stories. I think this cleans things up nicely so my proof readers and editor can focus on things beside format, spelling and the like.

Thanks for reading.



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