Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Author or writer?
I'm hanging up my author shoes for a bit and focusing on being a writer. What's the difference you might ask? To me, the author is about the business of writing, especially promoting. I've spent the last four years yakking, yakking, yakking about Orange Mint and Honey and two years blah, blah, blahing about Children of the Waters. I've blogged (this is my 600th blog post here! I've got another 118 over at my other blog), Facebooked and tweeted myself cross-eyed. I've talked by phone and internet to book clubs and reporters. I've flown (often at my own expense) coast-to-coast to attend book festivals, bookstore readings, industry meetings and book group affairs.
Right now, I'm eager to just write. That's what a writer does. Write and read and daydream about writing.
The irony is that before I got published I daydreamed about doing all this yakking and traveling and seeing my book in people's hands and the title in the newspaper (and on screen!). Those are all great things. Fabulous things! And I'll continue doing some of it. I've got a book club event tomorrow evening, another Sunday, next week I head to the VA Festival of the Book and later this month I do a local morning show. I'm grateful for every opportunity I get to try to sell one more book, especially in this economy. (For example, thank you to the OOSA Book Club for this profile.)
But truth be told I'm more interested right now in just writing. Not conferencing calling with my agent or doing interviews or trying to get one more person to pick up one of my poor little books.
So I'll be doing a little less blogging, Facebooking and tweeting for a while. A little less authoring and (I hope) much more writing.