There are a lot of great writers out there, many independent, who are trying to spread the word about the work they have toiled on. I have decided to start using this space as a place where I can showcase writers and their work.
If you would like to be featured in this space, reach out to me @ChristyOslund on twitter: @ChristyOslund or drop me an email >firstname.lastname@example.org< with the subject line: Writer Feature.
This is What I’ll need
Author Name [if you use a pen name, I’ll need it]
Genre [I know this can be complicated, but I’m cool with complex tagging]
Cover-Picture of book [I’m happy to feature up to four if the files aren’t too big – however – all the unique titles should be in the same genre]
Answers to the following, in no more than one paragraph each (I will edit if I feel they are getting long; readers don’t appreciate big blocks of text.)
Brief Bio: tell us something that is interesting or memorable about you; it doesn’t have to be crazy inventive, just a truth about your background.
What Got you Into Writing: have you always written; how old when you wrote your first story; did you have an inspiration [again, short and memorable is preferable].
A Highlight of your Work: what is something unique, something you’re proud of, something that makes your writing stand-out?
What’s Next: Your ongoing or planned project that excites you.
This is what you Gain
A Pitch: As writers sometimes we need more practice pitching our material: to potential editors, agents, publishers, readers, cover artists etc. As writers, we can be tempted to launch into way more detail than the hearer is interested in. Having the equivalent of an ‘elevator pitch’ [no more than 60 seconds] about our work is important.
Potential Readers: Writers are also readers! Or at least, they sure should be. I’ve been thinking it would be handy to have a centralized place where I could go to see what other writers are writing that I could read.
To quote Kinsella: If you build it, t(he)y will come.
Let’s hope that idea – building and attracting users – works as well for writers as it did for that baseball field in the corn.
[Have you read Shoeless Joe? It is worth the time.]