Monday, September 24, 2007

Broadening Your Literary Horizons

Today I discuss the literary world. There is so much going on that is depressing to me that I prefer not to be the reporter/journalist at this time.

I would like to discuss the importance of becoming a known writer, to get your name in print and to have readers nationwide recognize you and what you write about is the optimal goal of most writers. Not only that, having the public loving it too, is a hopeful given. I would like to cover one option available to creating and expanding your writing exposure.

For the fiction and nonfiction writer alike, workshops and conferences provide great exposure of you and what you write. Workshops that are part of a conference allow writers to present their expertise in what they write to a greater number. Fiction writers wish to share what they have learned over time. In other words, if you write works of fiction and it has been published by a traditional publishing house, the odds are you have a lot of knowledge on the expectations, contributions, and promotions thrust upon an author.

Due to the nature of the nonfiction writing, writers of this genre usually start their book careers as self-publishers. This in itself is a great stepping stone to learning the trade. The nonfiction writer most likely writes about everyday mattes, yet matters that are not the norms. Who else would know about Feng Shui other than the writer that lives by it, then writes about it? How about writing on processing wine or living as a Buddhist monk? The writers of these topics are the experts on them. One would be amazed at how much interest there is in these types of subject matters. Once the public is made aware of said material being available in print, they buy it. We all have heard the old saying, “if you want to know how many teeth a horse has, go look in the horse’s mouth.” Well, who better to learn the tricks of the trade from than the writers’ themselves. Both types of writers benefit greatly conducting workshops individually and as part of conference curriculums. They become conductors of a learning train, sharing and switching between different tracks toward writer recognition.

The key thing to remember here is that you want to write. But whether or not what you write is read is a different story. If the public doesn’t know you exist, they couldn’t possibly read what you have written. So get out there. Submit your work to anthologies and periodicals. Take part in workshops and conferences as you volunteer to do open mics. Each bit of exposure takes you one step closer to possibly being another Stephen King or Dan Poytner. You never know.


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