Every month a question will be posed that may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Remember, the question is optional. You can write about anything that relates to your writing journey.
Let's give a warm welcome to our co-hosts: Erika Beebe, Sandra Hoover, Susan Gourley, and Lee Lowery!
This month's question is: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?
Don't expect to get rich. Although making some money is a nice reward, be realistic knowing that your books are among many millions and that it's hard to make your voice heard amid the thundering hordes. Therefore I would advise being content with knowing that at least you got yourself published, that you are out there, that SOMEone, SOMEwhere will read you story and enjoy it.
Hurricane Update - Eleven Months Out
Meanwhile... Here are a few stats about the state of tourism. On
there are approximately 954 rooms
available compared to about 3,000 before the storms. On St. Thomas St.
Croix, there are about 990 compared to 1200 before the storms. The
big hotels are still not opened and most won't be until the fall of next year.
Before the storms 848,411 cruise ship passengers visited compared to 637,597 since the
storms. Visitors to St. Thomas St. Croix have gone up,
24,743 pre-storm, 48,836 post.
Book Drive for the School Libraries
I got this lovely form letter from the Office of Senator Janelle K. Sarauw, thanking me for the books I sent and encouraging me to send more and to ask others to do the same. So that's what I'm going to do. Please consider sending new or gently used books for grades K through 12 via media mail (it's cheap!) to:
Janelle K. Sarauw
Legislature of the Virgin Islands
PO Box 1690
St. Thomas, USVI 00804
A BIG THANKS to those of you who have sent books.
Songs for the SaintsI've never promoted "famous" people, but in this case I'm making an exception.
Kenny Chesney's new album Songs for the Saints is now available HERE on Amazon. All proceeds from the sale of the album go towards the continued recovery of the US and British Virgin Islands.
He's really done a lot for the islands. He was among the first people to help bring in supplies and evacuate people. He donated musical instruments to the St. John School of the Arts (which lost all of theirs) and told the kids if they learned to play them he'd fly them and teachers up to the states to see one of his concerts, which he did recently. Since the storms he's flown out and re-homed over 1000 dogs that were stranded or abandoned. His Love for Love City Foundation has helped many, many people including, without his knowing it, my sister and me.
Here's a video where he explains how he came to write the songs.
A look back.
It's hard to believe but, a year ago this month (just a month before the storms) I was visiting the islands. Here we are, a few of my classmates and me at a mini-reunion. None of us knew that just a few weeks later our lives would change. And yet, everyone survived, life goes on, and rebuilding is underway.
Seated L to R: Me, Seba, Judy.
Standing L to R: David, Maurice, Margaret, Ronnie, LeRoy
Note adult beverages on the table... :)
Today I'm thankful for resiliency and the people who help make that resiliency a little easier.
Where there is hope there is movement forward.
What are you thankful for? Any publishing pitfalls you'd warn writers about? Please send books to my beautiful islands. And if you like Kenny Chesney's music, buy his album.