Where'd It Go?
April, that is. When the IRS decreed April 15th would actually be on April 18th this year, it totally threw me off my mid-month-newsletter game. And since no one complained (a tear rolls down my cheek), I decided to let it pass.
"April showers bring May flowers," or so they say in places not Leadville.
As I look outside my window this Ides of May and watch rain rivering off rooftops, I feel a glimmer of hope that before the end of May, I'll see flowers. But for now, a fire warms our living room and hot coffee warms my belly.
I've been crazy busy lately with all things writing/editing/authoring/marketing, and while I work on Waterwight: Book II, I'm also working on another fun book. You'll have to wait until my next letter for details. You may be interested in an online course I'm developing in my free time, but more on that next month too!
Oh, and I had a blast meeting Stacy McKenzie, who hosts a show called "Off the Page" in which she interviews local authors. Here's a link to my interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBb0VGFapU4&feature=youtu.be (it's longish, but I think it's more fun than cleaning out your sock drawer).
- This Saturday, May 21st, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Kristen Moeller (Bestselling author, publisher and CCWE Vice President) will present on the topic: "Writing Your Way to a Legacy." Explore what legacy is, why it matters, how to find yours - and how writing is the key! Place: Salida Vineyard Community Church, 1201 E. Hwy 50, Salida, Colorado.
- On August 9th at 6:30 p.m. I'll present with other authors at The Book Haven in Salida! These events always booked (pun intended, I suppose) because not only will you be entertained, but for $10 you also get dinner and wine! You must RSVP to secure a spot. Contact The Book Haven at 719-539-9629, and visit them often. http://www.thebookhavenonline.com/
- I know this might seem "far out," but the Cloud City Writers group is planning an overnight workshop the weekend of October 7-8 right here in Leadville with some amazing presenters. Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more info.
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARIES!
(Become a "friend" of your library. It's a small investment for a huge reward.)
AWARD WINNING COLORADO AUTHOR SHERRY FICKLIN . . .
just drove from her home in Grand Junction to spent the weekend visiting Leadville to do a bit of research for an upcoming novel set in the 1920s. Her research included a visit to Leadville's new Speakeasy, Wilde's Green Hour (where our writing group will resume in the fall)! Check them out on Facebook.
Sherry offered Leadville local authors Stephanie R. Sorensen and "yours truly" lots of advice and generously accepted copies of our novels!
Find her novels and follow her at http://sherryficklin.com/
Order Stephanie's novel at: http://www.amazon.com/Toru-Wayfarer-Returns-Sakura-Steam/dp/0996932313/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1463340954&sr=1-1&keywords=toru+wayfarer+returns
and mine at: http://www.amazon.com/Waterwight-Book-1/dp/0996971106/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1463341037&sr=1-1&keywords=Waterwight
(do that before watching my interview and definitely
before cleaning out your sock drawer)
And now, your prompts for the next 30ish days:
1. Make a list of all the things April showers bring.
1. May flowers (in places other than Leadville)!
2. Mud (in which kids love to play)!
(you may continue from here)
2. Write about a time you accomplished a goal that was physically demanding.
With the approaching Leadville Trail 100 (LT100) races this summer, I'm reminded of my participation in my first marathon, The Bataan Memorial Death March Marathon in 2011. I'll never, ever forget it. Read about it here in Colorado Central Magazine (which, btw, is a wonderful regional magazine):
There was great suffering.
1. Keep learning about your trade! There are lots of free webinars on topics from publishing to growing your email list to creating your own online courses to . . . you name it! Joel Friedlander's http://www.thebookdesigner.com/ is one great resource. I'm in the middle of a free week-long summit now by the CEO of https://teachable.com/, Ankur Nagpal. It's inspirational.
2. Spend some time each day (or week or month or however frequently you can manage) growing your prospective audience. Stop sticking stubbornly to your "But I hate social media" mantra unless your only goal is to give your books away to friends.
3. Keep reading GOOD books. If you're on page 20 of a terrible tome, TOSS IT! Don't waste your time picking through trash.
4. Smell the flowers. Still waiting patiently for them to poke through my finally-snow-free yard!