Writing a book is like having a baby: Creating it may involve some concentrated pain, but once Junior—or your manuscript—is born, it’s born. It will need to be cleaned up, but it’s alive and kicking.
Publishing and marketing a book, however, is like raising that child so that it can function out in the world. This is a never-ending process in which you won’t always know what you’re doing.
I have gained a great deal of experience in my book-parenting career. A great deal of “Hey, this works!” and an even greater number of “Hey, this doesn’t work!” moments, and with this practical experience in hand, I am now offering my services as a writing mentor. (Click on the tab, “Mentoring Services” above for a bit more detail.)
Mentoring a writer involves more than the mere insertion of commas or the correction of awkward sentences in his or her manuscript. There is an emotional process in which all writers, and all artists, for that matter, must engage. Think of it this way: Despite what some publishing services might tell you, your book has as much chance of being a best-seller as your child does of playing major league baseball. Failure to make the big-time, however, does not mean that your book will not be successful in its own way and on its own terms. If you don’t accept those terms, however, you will be frustrated and then some. You want your book to be successful, but you also want your writing experience to be satisfying. I can help you with commas and audience and voice, but a mentor does more than improve his protégé’s work; he is a guide to the protégé himself.
To introduce myself as a mentor, I am holding a writing seminar entitled, The Joys and Frustrations of Writing AND Publishing a Book on October 29th from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at the Cornerstone Business Group, 1437 Front Royal Pike, Winchester, VA.
This seminar will prove helpful to anyone who has ever thought about, attempted to, or succeeded in writing and publishing a book or article. Topics will include the creative, publishing, and emotional processes that every writer must consider. This is true whether you are writing a novel or you are a business person looking to publish a book or article in your field.
To register, please click on the “Seminar Registration” tab above. There is a $10.00 fee for materials.
If you would pass along this notice to anyone you know who might benefit from my advice and guidance, or would be interested in attending the seminar, I would be most appreciative. I am excited about this new phase of my own writing career and I look forward to helping insure the satisfaction of others.
Click here for the seminar event page on Facebook.