In mid-December, pop icon Beyoncé Knowles sent ripples through the music industry and her fandom when she released a self-titled album produced in secret, and complete with videos for every track. Just one month prior to Beyoncé’s devilishly released album, I, the aspiring author, shocked family, friends, and colleagues when I resigned from my high-profile communications position in search of a new professional challenge -- and some dedicated time to creative writing.
What Beyoncé accomplished should be taught in PR courses across the country; what I did should be possible for anyone who desires to devote himself or herself to a dream (even if it doesn’t work out as planned).
Now that I’ve crawled out on this limb, I’m going to go a step further with the re-launch of my blog…starting with this post. The blog isn’t new—its renewed—and it is not -- I repeat, is not -- my New Year’s resolution. Going back to square one with the blog now is just about timing and leveraging a moment.
Keeping with my commitment to share resources and my personal experiences on the road to becoming a published author, I am expanding the reach and depth of the content by inviting guest posts by published authors, editors, publishers, bloggers, agents, publicists, university professors, and other professional voices that can offer aspirational advice to writers.
There’s no specific schedule here, but new blog posts will be teased in advance. Comments are always welcome and encouraged, and I whole-heartedly invite suggestions for topics. I am but one voice in a tribe of aspiring authors, and we know that writing is such a solitary endeavor. It is my desire to build a platform where a community of writers can share and learn from each other. I know it’s not innovative, but it is sincere.
I recently began soliciting for guest posts through Twitter; that will continue. If you’d like to write a guest post, suggest a guest, or a topic, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also new for me, I just completed my first guest post on Scribbleweed. Please check it out—Kelley is amazing.
Maybe this will be a year of “firsts” for me. Stay connected and let’s see what happens! Happy New Year!