Are you at the point of being told you need a good bio to get started? I remember way back in 2005, attending a class run by Steven Manchester, author of so many Best Sellers today, say that to me in his class “How to Get Published.
I laughed to myself knowing I hadn’t had my first book out yet to even have a bio. Now, it’s 2018, and I have three memoirs, a Narrative Non-Fiction and in the middle of writing my first women’s fictional becoming a trilogy.
I’m a director, producer and co-host to the NBTV-95 cable TV show out of New Bedford, Massachusetts with three other authors. I teach three different writer’s workshops. I interview others on our show and get interviewed myself on other networks.
I write frequently for The Cape Cod Today blog or articles for newspapers. I give talks privately to court-ordered programs, inmates in jail, halfway homes, or rehabilitation centers. I talk to the public at schools, universities, libraries, churches or any available site.
I became a promoter with all these locations from hearing the difference between a poor author to a rich one. The poor ones enjoy just selling books at festivals or bookstores. A Rich Author wants to do more and get noticed. These are the thing I have accomplished for the past 13 years.
You’d think I’d be real famous by now, including being rich, especially, having the topic of losing my husband and daughter from alcohol and drug abuse. It’s a subject matter that effects so many of us day in and day out.
It goes to show how hard promoting is when I can honestly say, “A handful of people in the area know me.” I’m not famous or had the chance or opportunity to reach someone to help me get ahead. I’m comfortable within my skin to stay the way I am hoping to reach an alcoholic or drug user and save them.
I’m at the point of getting up there in years, still young at heart, and wonder if the work is too hard for me. Age shouldn’t be the factor. We need the drive. Somedays I wake up with so much energy and hope to get myself on the internet to reach all I can with my topic.
If it’s meant to be, I’ll get noticed. If not, I’ll continue on writing and enjoying the time being retired. We all need something.
First, we have to have the thrill to make characters and stories come alive. It has to start with us. I want to make a reader excited to grab my book, get on the couch with a hot coffee cup next to them, with the drive to turn the first page. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Helping a reader get away from the everyday stress.
So, keep your writing going and just enjoy it.