When juggling a writing deadline and a fulltime day-job got tough, Alison Kent got creative by 'renting out' space on her blog. She is one smart cookie. Even though she can't be there, she's giving her readers a strong incentive to return daily.
Blogging daily takes energy and time. I know I'm finding it difficult to keep pace. And we're not the only authors struggling. Author PJ Parrish is leaving blogosphere. Her post is heartfelt and I very much understand her decision, although she will be missed! JA Konrath, who blogged consistently for months and months and with stunning zeal, was conspicuously absent for the past several weeks as he wrote back-to-back books. He returned today with a post that struck me as keenly as Parrish's. We may write in different genres, but we tick the same artisically.
Having now worked in both the entertainment and publishing industry, it's more clear to me than ever that the majority of artists, whether they are driven to create music, art or literature, share like motivations, passions, obsessions, quirks, concerns... I wrote an essay once: Creative People -- A Breed Apart. A heartfelt ramble about my creative journey. Even at the age of five, I knew I was somehow different from most of the people around me. The first line of the essay sums up my general mindset: Have you ever felt like a unicorn in a herd of horses?
To all of the other unicorns out there, I'd like to say thank you for blogging when you can and for sharing your thoughts and insights, your ups and downs. It helps to remind me that I am not alone, but part of a unique herd. It helps to keep life in perspective.
Which brings me back to Alison's blog and her recent guest bloggers. If you haven't been there recently, treat yourself and skim the posts from the past 2-3 weeks. Readers and writers alike have been treated to some amazing posts. I particularly enjoyed contributions by Deborah Smith, Nora Roberts, and Susan Wiggs because they offered thoughts and experiences that personally resonated with me. Several other authors also had me smiling and nodding or thinking, "You, too?" It's been great.
Today, Shanna Swendson offers entertaining though disturbing thoughts on marketing. Honing in on placement in bookstores, I'm probably in the same boat as she is. Meaning I may not be one of the lucky few whose books are prominantly displayed on the 'new release' table as soon as you walk through the door.
On May 1st, when you rush your local bookstore to snatch up your very own copy of ALL ABOUT EVIE (*g*), you may have to make your way to the back of the store. Don't be distracted by the bestsellers (another *g*). Keep going. Wondrous, compelling, entertaining reads await you in the romance section. Midlist authors. New authors. We're all there together, a herd of unicorns in alphabetical order. You can find ALL ABOUT EVIE in the 'Cs' under Ciotta. Yes, that's a blatant plea for you to buy my book.
You can find Shanna's DAMSEL UNDER STRESS in the S's under Swendson. Lara Adrian's KISS OF MIDNIGHT is n the A's. Then swing over to the YA section and look under 'P' for Kelly Parra's romantic blockbuster, GRAFFITI GIRL.
We're all May 1 releases. I've never met Lara or Shanna or Kelly in person, but I'm betting, just about now, we're all suffering the same artistic excitement and anxiety. So... try us. I think you'll like us. At the very least... you'll have made a unicorn smile.