Last week was one of those whirlwind weeks! A wake-up call! I realized I had over-done-it this semester . . . BIG TIME!! So rather than skip a week, I decided to revise my Journey into Publishing Cheat Sheet. This way I can still eat and sleep, not to mention, my brain is fried like a green tomato. Too many different classes and research . . . but I won't bore you with that.
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. - Carl Sandberg (1878 - 1976)
My biggest challenge was my "Introduction" for Speech Class on Thursday evening. As many know, my hand-held tape recorder is my #1 writing tool, next to my computer, which I planned to use for my speech. So what happens? The wretched thing developes an attitude . . . a horrible clicking that was so loud it drowned-out my voice, and couldn't be fixed. Solution: buy a new one! But now everything's digital! The instructions were 6 pages long . . . and this took more time!
Pleasure and action make the hours seem short - William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
I called Ingrid, the speaker I was to introduce, and gathered information to use in my Introduction. The writing came easy . . . MEMORIZING was the hard part! I missed my writing class in Santa Barbara on Thursday morning because I needed more practice. Once I was fairly confident I knew my material, I wrote notes on a 4X6 index card and clipped it to my olive-green booklet.
That evening, I calmly sat listening to others speak. I was the last Introducer on the program. I had my notes and knew my subject. It wasn't until I got up and walked to the side of the stage, waiting to be called by our Master of Ceremonies, that I began to shake! It wasn't my hands or my knees . . . it was the upper half of my chest and shoulders! The WIERDEST thing!! Anyone else ever experience this? Deep breathing DID NOT WORK. Once I reached the podium, I took a deep breath, looked around and smiled sheepishly . . . then switched into automatic pilot.
My presentation evaluation was complementary, noting I had no ahh's or uhh's. I had practiced THE PAUSE when I couldn't remember what came next. It worked! My only ZING. . . I walked off stage on the wrong side . . . in front of the Master of Ceremony, instead of the opposite side. This is definitely a NO-NO!
"We can't all be stars . . . but we can all twinkle!" - Fay Angus
Next week . . . my REAL SPEECH! Scary! This fear is something I'm determined to overcome! I'm being groomed by Linda, one of our facilitators. Her first call came Sunday evening at 7:00. I was to have a "skeleton" outline ready to review. Considering this was my FULL WEEKEND Counseling Conference (7:00 - 10:00 Friday evening and 8:00 - 5:30 Saturday), and with church on Sunday, I was doubting my ability. But once I got in the groove, it more or less poured out. She liked my writing . . . now all I have to do is turn it into a 5 minute speech! Her follow-up call will be Tuesday evening at 7:00. By then, I'm expected to have my speech "fleshed out." Heaven only knows how this will turn out . . .
Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. - Rodin (1840 - 1917)
MY UNCHARTED JOURNEY INTO PUBLISHING . . . REVISED CHEAT SHEET!
Below is a list of my blogs for those who might be looking for a specific topic:
1. In The Beginning April 9
How my book came to be . . .
2. This Closet Writer . . . Goes Public April 16
My first writing class - posting my blog
3. I Never Planned to be a Writer! April 23
Blogging - my writing class - my free-lance editor
4. Publicize Your Book . . . May 1
Publicizing - blogging - writing class - book query
5. Write Your Heart Out . . . May 7
Blogging - why I wrote my book - book proposal excerpt
6. Q is for Query Letter . . . May 15
Posted my original query letter
7. B is for Book Proposal . . . Part One May 21
Elements of a book proposal - my proposal table of contents
8. B is for Book Proposal . . . Part Two June 12
More elements of a book proposal
9. What Next? . . . Time for an Agent June 19
Some basic agent information
10. Marketing in an Electronic World . . . June 26
First steps to marketing my book
11. Will Self-Publishing be My Only Option? July 3
Posted excerpt from Chapter One of my book
12. A Platform . . . Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone July 11
Start to develop a platform for my book
13. The Marketing Medusa . . . July 28
JK Rowling's success - more marketing
14. 2011 Agents . . . What Do They Really Want? August 7
Identify agent's most asked for requirements
15. What is a Synopsis and Why? . . . Part One August 27
Details to begin synopsis process
16. One Writer's Journey into Publishing Cheat Sheet September 4
Lists previous blogs and subject matter
17. What is a Synopsis and Why? . . . Part Two September 11
What to include in a synopsis
18. Ebooks . . . A Contemporary "David and Goliath" September 19
Show why authors are choosing to self-publish
19. The #1 Question: Who is Your Audience? . . . plus Excerpt
Importance of locating your specific audience September 26
20. "The Moving Wall" . . . An Experience I Will Never Forget!
An emotional visit that squeezed my heart October 3
21. Traditional Publish or Self-Publish . . . My Decision plus Excerpt
What direction I chose and why October 10
22. Public Speaking 101 . . . Fight or Flight?
Terror and my first class . . . October 17
Lesson learned . . . or my two cents
This week I learned that Tom Carey, a classmate from my writing class, had graciously developed a sample cover for my book, which I never got to see . . . instead, I was home memorizing my speech. Tom is an artist and a photographer, who generously offered to put some ideas on paper. I'm sorry I missed the showing, Tom. I didn't know you had time to do this yet and I'm anxious to see what you've created. Hopefully, I'm better prepared this week, so I can attend class. Thank you so much!!!
Visit Tom @ http://www.andawaywegotomgcarey.com/ to sneak a peek at his artwork and photography