Authors Supporting Authors & Encouraging Growth

Monday, August 25, 2014

The writing journey has presented me with many opportunities to grow. A long time ago, I realized that learning the craft of writing was something I'd never regret. To that end, I did my apprenticeship—learning to write through 'how to' books, an online workshop, oodles of articles and by interacting and exchanging critiques with better writers than myself.

I haven't regretted anything I've learned along the way and technology is such that yesterday I recorded answers to interview questions that will be used during a book talk show later this month. (I'll share the link as soon as I have it.)

The truth is we should use every opportunity to learn something new. Technology is advancing at such a rapid pace that what's new and hip today stands the chance of being obsolete a few months down the road.

If you think you don't need to learn simple things such as formatting an ebook, you might want to revisit that mindset. And if you're an indie writer who has to pay each time you need to make changes to your book files on a limited budget, now might be the time to find out how formatting works. Not to say you shouldn't outsource the jobs you can, but the way I look at it is that it can't hurt to open your mind to learning something new.

While you're here, don't forget to sign up for the October Island Adventure Romance Blog Train, which kicks off on October 20, with the Who's Your Hero Blogfest that will be co-hosted by the lovely, Michelle Wallace. Just hop to the sidebar to sign up. 

From August 25-31, I will be participating in a giveaway promotion with over 100 other writers. All you have to do to enter to win any of the books listed is to sign up on one of the four Rafflecopters listed. This giveaway has been organized by book enthusiasts Allyn Lesley and Debra Presley.

Thanks for visiting and for participating.

Have a great week!

 Giveaway #1: a Rafflecopter giveaway 
Giveaway #2 a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway #3 a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway #4 a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I do formatting for other authors, but it's really not that hard to learn. At least for ebooks. Print isn't hard either, but it can require more expensive programs, and some people don't have the money to invest.

  2. I'm a fan of learning. I think it's so important to upgrade, especially when it comes to technology and formatting. Great post.

  3. So true, Alex.

    Agreed. Diane.

    Thanks, Clarissa. I too enjoy learning new things and it's important to keep abreast of what's happening with technology.

  4. With all the opportunities out there for us now, we're doing ourselves a favour by keeping up and being self-sufficient. It's an exciting time for authors.

  5. Heck that is a lot of giveaway entries. :-)

    Back to the original subject, I learn as I go. It's more like on demand. When I need to know a tidbit of information, I seek it out. So far this method works for me.

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

  6. I've hunkered down and learned formatting and whatever I needed in this business. I just would rather be learning other stuff, I guess. But learning anything is always exciting.

  7. Great giveaways. Thanks for it. We are always learning, if we stop learning we get stagnant.

  8. Anna, I've learned like that too. On a need to know basis.

    Lee, that's smart and like you, I find learning fun and interesting.

    EAW, that's true and we definitely can't afford to be stagnant.

  9. I feel like I'm attending a party with fun gifts. Learning never ends because our desires keep growing. Thank goodness.

  10. Joy, you're always such an inspiration by trying new things and sharing advice with the rest of us. Always wishing you loads of success in your writing endeavors.

  11. Anything we can learn and do well it worth it to save expenses. - So we can use that money for a good editor. :)

  12. True that, Joylene. Learning makes life interesting.

    Hey, Susan. Same here, Susan. I know you work hard on making your books the best they can be.

    Oh, yes, editors are key, so is saving money to pay for the necessities.

  13. You are a very busy lady! I think I am signed up for it all. now it's to remember when to do them!

    1. Thanks for signing up Elizabeth! Really appreciate your help.


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