Adventures In Reality Checks

Over the weekend, I went on an adventure. Yes, I know many people go on adventures each weekend, but I don’t usually.

On Saturday, I checked out Penned Con in St. Louis. While there, I learned I was behind on a number of things, but ahead on others.

Let’s start with all the things I’ve stumbled on:

  • There are beta readers out there. I just haven’t found them. Turns out, strangers are willing to beta read.
  • Editors. I don’t have one. I need one–a developmental editor, that is.
  • Marketing. I actually got Rocky to give me feedback about something! I suck at marketing and I need to get better.

With that out of the way, how about a list of things I’ve done right:

  • Submissions. I’ve had my writing in print through a submissions process. I’m not saying this is the only/best way to go, but it is something that many of the writers at the convention didn’t have (most of the guest writers were self-published, a daunting enterprise to itself).
  • Quality. I don’t spit out a story over the weekend and put it on sale the next Tuesday. I don’t sell stories by virtue of having tons of stories available.
  • Improvement. I’m willing to do things to get my name out there more. That’s why I started a Pinterest account and I’ll be adding/using Tumblr in the near future. And I’m making a point to post to my blog more. You deserve to know more of what I’m doing, even if it’s just a lot of art.

Penned Con was a lot of fun. I met some fantastic people, especially Eric Asher and Laura Stapleton.

And, if you read this, you know more about me, even beyond the list of things in the picture.

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8 thoughts on “Adventures In Reality Checks

    1. I’ve thought about doing that before, Lynda. Actually, I did it for a little while before I realized I needed to figure out more of the story I wanted to write. I do hope you had better luck than me on that front.

      1. YES! I HAVE A HUGE STORY IN MY HEAD! JUST WHICH HOLE TO STICK IT OUT OF OR RUN IT OUT OF! OUT MY FINGERS ONTO THE KEYBOARD, I GUESS.
        LEN, DO U STILL WRITE?

      2. Do what you can to get your story down. It won’t really come to life if you don’t let it out somewhere.

        Yes, I write. Editing a couple of projects and doing fresh drafts for another. Just not as wide-spread as I would like.

      3. Hi, I know the story, I just have to figure how to put it together. Chronology does not always work with flow of intent, so I am plodding. And why do we get so busy when we want to go ahead and write? lmfao

      4. Write what you want to write. Don’t worry about the order of things, that’s something you can do during editing. Write what pleases you, fix it later. (Nothing is perfect when it is first written.)

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