Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Our Panel of Experts

Lo and behold, another post...I'd gotten under the habit of having a post once a month, but it's actually set up for every four weeks. That means this month, you get a bonus post from me.

First, a little housekeeping...

Don't forget, September 5 starts the 3-month giveaway here at TWV. To wit:

The authors at TheWritersVineyard.com are holding a Mega contest to give away over twenty of their top rated novels. From Sept 5 through 11/28, we will hold a drawing every Monday. The post for each Monday will announce which book is being given, the rules, and who won the prior week. Come join us. Lots of ways to win, and while you're there, scan through our posts. We discuss the good, bad, and ugly of writing and the publishing experience.

(And I'll be giving away copies of all my books, so be sure to stop in!)

And secondly, just wanted to let everyone know that THE CURE is still going strong in e-book, and my print proofs are in route, so expect to see announcements soon about the release date of my latest novel. Visit AstonWest.com often, as that's where all my major news usually breaks first.

And now, my post:

I get a lot of blog post fodder from simply wandering around the internet, observing people, and then pondering what I've seen...this stems from the rational, scientific background I have. One thing I've observed is that everyone seems to be an expert. At least, that's how it appears to me. People post on their blogs, or on websites, or internet forums, "the facts" as it pertains to writing, publishing, and books in general. They then go out and promote their information as the gospel, telling all who would listen the wisdom of their words.

Now, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and perhaps I simply need to start putting forth my opinions more frequently, and thus build my reader base. I've always been a firm believer in learning by experience, though. I post my experiences as I've had them, and hopefully my lessons learned will help guide new writers down the path to publication.

But then, perhaps putting oneself out as an expert on writing and publishing is truly how to become successful in the writing business...

6 comments:

Big Mike said...

Funny thing, I was researching data on publishing for a workshop (yeah, I'm one of those) and every site had different stats. Significant variance. Had to take the "general trend" route. I'll share the info in an upcoming post.

Michael Davis (Davisstories.com)
Author of the Year, (2008 and 2009)

AstonWest said...

And every "expert" will tell you different things as well, yes...

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Encouraging up and coming writers of all ages inspires me, too. Everything we share e get back ten-fold.

AstonWest said...

I enjoy that as well...I just can't see putting myself out as an expert on anything related to writing or publishing. :-\

TKToppin said...

If it goes against the grain of who you already are, the answer is simple. Don't do it. Personally, it goes against my grain to profess to be an expert (unless of course, I am) and I'd rather have a full and solid sleep at night than have my conscious bother me into insomnia.

TK Toppin

AstonWest said...

That's a good plan! :-)