Monday, May 18, 2009

Eco-events & a Peek into the World of Writing

-- Quote of the Day --

Freelance writing is really like being an independent contractor. …Just as if you were a general contractor, you are getting your own gig …and then doing all the work that it takes to get that assignment finished for someone. …It’s very time consuming. It is important to check your facts. …I would say that the one common thread with all the genres of writing is that they are all a craft; they all require attention to detail and continuous pursuit of excellence. If I am going to write I want to write well. …The different genres ARE different, each with their own demands – some require more fact checking than others.
~ Joan Scott - April 9, 2009

I chose this quote for today from the Conscious Discussions talk radio show, because writing is foremost on my mind at the moment. I have 2 projects currently in the hands of an e-book publisher, another book revision project coming up & 2 projects that have been waiting for me to get to them for far too long. Therefore, I've taken another break from book review projects due to schedule constraints for the foreseeable future.

The last two weeks alone has gone something like this: A few articles just were accepted by another publication, which I'll be telling you about later in May - closer to publication date.
I have recently taken on another column, this one being for the Poetry Monthly Magazine starting next issue. I still have to get a new author photo together for that. On top of all of this, I've been involved in marketing opportunities nearly every day, dealing with writer friendly sites, blogs & giving interviews for future publication. This time of the month (usually around mid-month) I tackle the upcoming month's schedule, confirming dates & creating outlines,etc for the 2 radio shows that I host.

My day's start by checking my two main email addresses & I respond to as many as possible before starting the agenda of the day. Then I head over to the two blogs - here & on the Myspace site - where I do any maintenance required & respond to communications/comments. Then I head over to the two radio show sites to do similar chores. After dealing with any guests of the day & live broadcasts, I follow up any remaining communications & announcements for those segments before moving on.
In between the daily grind, I drop into Twitter at least 5 times a day and the other social networking sites between once a day to once a week, depending on the situation.

So that is a sample of the start of every day in my office... of course my days also include seeking writing markets, book & radio publicity, & the writing itself. :)

I encourage anyone interested in learning more about the world of writing to drop by & listen to the archived interview: World of Writng with Joan Scott. Simply click on the hyper-links here or look to the right for a link that will take you to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show website.

-- Prize Draw Info --

Congratulations to last week's prize winners. This week we have 2 prizes for our weekly prize draw: Dianne Ascroft's fiction novel: Hitler & Mars Bars -&- a copy of Laurie Cameron's book: The Journey from Fear to Love. Email: LDBRUMMET@YAHOO.COM with “prize” in the subject line by Sunday morning - May 24th for a chance to win!

-- Eco-Events --

- May 17-19:
2nd Annual Waste-to-Fuels Conference & Trade Show
Location: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, in San Diego, California (USA)
"...providing a forum for informing the public & private sectors of the economic & environmental benefits of converting waste materials to alternative fuels such as bio-diesel and ethanol as well as energy recovery. ...excellent networking opportunities & a chance to visit with exhibitors."

- May 17-22:
Impact Assessment and Human Well-being - 29th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA)
Location: Accra, Ghana (Africa)
"...assess the relevance of human well-being in impact assessments. ...discussions with experts from around the globe focusing on how impact assessment assures: healthy environment, human well-being, sustainable development, protected ecosystems and quality of life."

-- Authors Read --

The featured guest on today's broadcast of Authors Read radio shares an excerpt from his debut murder-mystery intrigue novel - Murder Of An American Nazi which takes readers on a ride through secret CIA atrocities and deceptions.

Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at

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