We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.
My own writers’ group is a great example of the statement above, which I have sorta adopted as the slogan for my blog. None of us really have it all, but altogether we pretty well cover the waterfront. There are only six of us, but what knowledge and talent that group includes.
Nigel Blackwell is an engineer from England. Like most people from England, he’s never learned to speak the language, so we all strain to understand him at times. I don’t know why native-born Texans are the only people who speak it correctly, but we’ll leave that for another post.
Nigel knows computers, and if there’s something he doesn’t know, he can figure it out or actually read instructions—something I’ve never been able to do. (Just as well. All my teachers always said I couldn’t follow instructions anyhow.) I’m not sure I’ve ever heard anyone ask him anything about a computer program he couldn’t explain.
Mary Morgan is a voiceover artist. She has mainly done commercials in the past, but she’s trying to move into the field of reading audiobooks. She can do an amazing job of imitating voices—kids, adults, squirrels, whatever voice you need, Mary can do it.
Tiffany A. White represents Digital Content Center, a producer of ebooks. She also writes closer to my own genre than anyone else in the group. Her debut novel, Football Sweetheart, will soon be on the market. She grew up in Midland, Texas, which is about 20 miles or so from Odessa’s Permian High School, which inspired Friday Night Lights. Like all West Texans—and most Texans in general—she’s a football nut, so it’s natural her first novel would involve the murder of a football player. Guess I’d better not give away her whole plot.
Charity Kountz designs websites and actually operates a business performing computer functions for various people and businesses. She knows stuff that makes my head spin when she talks about it.
Jillian Dodd is the lone published author in the group. She’s one of only about 1000 authors who sell 1000 or more books a month on Amazon.com. Jill is the epitome of combining brains and beauty and is also extremely helpful and a wonderful friend. Her only defect is that she’s a Cornhusker, but we forgive that since she grew up in Nebraska. She can’t help it.
Last fall Jill and I were having coffee together when no one else showed up for our old writers’ group, and she began to encourage me to epub a book. I’d been around the block enough with agents and publishers that I’d about given up on ever getting anything onto the market until that day. She told me how her novel, That Boy, had started out selling only a few copies a month but had suddenly jumped to over 1000. Since then her second novel, That Wedding, has come out and is selling about as well.
With her encouragement, I finished my book, Web Wisdom: 67 Stories of Godly Thoughts and Inspiration from the Inbox, with the intention of epubbing it. Jill and Tiffany have both been helpful to me in getting Digital Content Center to format my manuscript for Amazon and other outlets.
Now that publication draws near, I need to adapt this blogsite to be a website for promoting the book also. Since I struggled to figure out how to set it up at all, I knew I needed help for that. Both Nigel and Charity have made helpful suggestions, and Jill is going to walk me through actual changes I need to make to achieve what we’ve discussed.
Nigel and Mary have convinced me I need to add a trailer for the book to my website. I told them I thought a trailer was something pulled by a truck—well, actually, I’m not quite that ignorant, but I don’t have a clue how to put one together or what to put into it. Nigel has volunteered to help me get that done.
Some wise businessman once said it’s not necessary to know everything—just surround yourself with people who do. As you can tell, I don’t know much myself, but I’ve been fortunate to be among such wonderful, talented and knowledgeable writers. Thank you, guys.
David N. Walker is a Christian father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years as a health insurance agent. Most of that career was spent in Texas, but for a few years he traveled many other states. He started writing about 20 years ago, and has six unpublished novels to use as primers on how NOT to write fiction. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his non-fiction Web Wisdom: 67 Stories Godly Thoughts and Inspiration from the Inbox and starting his new fiction work—a series of novellas set during the period from 1860 to 1880.
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