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What Are We Doing Here?

Welcome! I’m so glad you’re reading the first blog post of my new website! 😀

I want to tell you why I’m here, and I hope that will help you decide if this is a good place for you as well.

I’m a writer.

There are a few things more important to me – God and family and friends, for instance 🙂 – but from a business perspective, writing is my first priority.

I'm a Writer It's How I Process the CrazinessThat’s good news for you because I’m always looking for ways to improve my craft, publish my books quicker or easier or more professionally, and find more of my “perfect readers” and sell more books. And I like nothing more than sharing what I’ve learned with my friends. (That’s you, by the way. 😉 )

I’m going to be right there with you plotting and writing and despairing of ever writing another decent sentence, and then editing and polishing and celebrating. Then together we’ll roll up our sleeves and make those manuscripts into real, live books!

I’m a writer and a teacher, and I plan to do both. I’ll be available to answer your questions within 24 hours (a bit more if it’s a weekend). I’ll be helping and encouraging and teaching and sharing all I know and all I can find to help us both create and publish great books. I’ll also be writing, and trying out different promotions and advertisements, and learning more about how self-published books can get noticed by their target audiences. And I’ll be sharing all of that with you in the class and on this blog.

And really, who better to teach you how to self-publish your books than someone who is doing it regularly herself?

You may have seen the Writer Entrepreneur Guides tagline – Write a Book, Change the World. There are a lot of people using that phrase “change the world.” Let me tell you why I’m using it.

Several years ago, I was at a church game night in Sydney, Australia, where my husband and I were blessed to live for a few years. I asked my new friend Nic what she did for a living, and when she said she worked as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit, I was overwhelmed by a sudden and intense wave of insignificance.

“Wow,” I said. “I write romance novels, not exactly important work.”

She turned to me and said very seriously, “That is important work. When I lose a baby at work, all I want to do when I get home is lose myself in a good book. You make that possible.”

I have never forgotten that. And it has changed the way I write.

You need to believe that your work is important. Maybe you’ll write novels that will help people relax after a bad day. Maybe your books will help someone de-stress regularly so they don’t burnout at their job as a nurse or a police officer or a teacher.

Maybe you’ll write a nonfiction book that will help someone gain confidence and courage, or overcome an addiction, or find new health.

As the ripples of our lives reach out and merge, we’re changed. We have the opportunity to be nicer to our neighbors, smile at strangers, let the woman with the fidgety toddler get in front of us in the bathroom line. Think about all the times someone has been nice to you, and then you pass it on to someone else, who hopefully passes it on to someone else.

We can be a part of that, little ripples that make the world a better place. Our books can cause those positive ripples. Look at how Catherine Hyde’s book Pay It Forward, and the movie that followed, spawned a whole movement of doing good!

So that’s what I’m doing here at Writer Entrepreneur Guides. I want to help and encourage writers like me, people who have something to say, a story to tell, and need some help with the sometimes complicated and confusing process of getting that story to readers.

I want to encourage writers in all aspects of their journey. That’s what I’ll do on the blog here. I’ll post how-to articles, interviews with writers and other professionals, time management pieces, reports on various promotions that I or other authors did for our books, and more.

I’ll also teach my classes here instead of on Yahoo Groups where I’ve been teaching them for the last several years. I decided to start with my Your How-to Guide to Self-Publishing class. I’ve taught this twice before, but not in this “online classroom” environment.

So the first time I teach the class in this format, it will be a sort of “pilot.” It will be cheaper because students will be testing the system. We’ll make sure everything works, fix any bugs, etc. Also, there will only be a limited number of students in the pilot. Those students, however, will get to have a lot of input into the improvements I’ll make to the class. They’ll be able to make requests for what they want to learn and how it’s presented.

Once the pilot is completed, and all the improvements and fixes have been made, I’ll open the class up to everyone. And then I’ll work on getting my popular Going the Distance: Time and Project Management for Writers class up and running here. 🙂

If you have any questions, please use the Contact form in the menu on the left. I’ll continue to update the Classes page on the menu with more information on the self-publishing class.

Meanwhile, keep writing! Your ripples can change the world!

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