…ten years ago, this ol’ Scots scribbler completed his first Jack Calder crime thriller, THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY… I’ve shared before the exquisite sensation of floating, pink-cloud ecstasy of having actually written a whole novel… with no safety net, no helpers, and no idea that the addiction of becoming writer was looming large in my life… I was also unaware of my ‘wet-behind-the-ears’ naivete as a ‘newbie’ author… back then, oh, blessed innocence, I thought all I had to do was to send the finished manuscript off to a London publisher and presto, hey, I’d become a millionaire, literary giant in short order… Right? Wrong!… many, if not all, of my fellow-penspersons will have trodden the same route… eventually the cold, hard facts of a writer’s life began to sink in… the WURLD does not owe me fame and fortune just because I’ve written a book, nor indeed, even after I’ve written several books… as with most professions, vocations, or callings, it takes solid, continued, slogging WURK to make the whole thing a ‘successful’ (a much-vaunted and misunderstood adjective by the way, ‘successful’) enterprise… I listened to my peers… I followed sage advice… and became immersed in the ‘business of writing’… it matters not whether yeez are self-published or ‘house-published‘, the lion’s share of the post-writing ‘business’ belongs to the Author/Authoress… it means being present where it matters… part of that is being on the SOSYAL NETWURKS… not spamming, but letting the reading market know where to locate your literary masterpieces… becoming a blogger is not essential, but an enormous plus in my opinion… allowing a lot more interaction with others… writers, readers, the universe-at-large… and always learning from those who’ve marked out the pathways before me… equally essential is ‘giving back’ to the global diaspora of other quills-people… support bloggers and authors, especially those coming fresh to the excitement and wonder of this fantastic, creative profession of ours… and its okay to tag onto yer blogs from time to time, links to let folks know where to find yer stuff, as I do here… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!
THE VIOLIN MANS LEGACY
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