Blogger’s update

Not all my posts can be lyrical and soaring. Sometimes I just have to sit back and take stock, and let my readers know what I’m up to.

Of course, I’m working on a biographical project now, but I don’t want to say too much about it at this early stage. Still don’t know exactly which way it’s going to go, although the research I’ve done so far is pointing me in a good direction. I will occasionally reference it here from time to time, but I won’t be obnoxious about it. I also don’t want to give too much away before the thing gets published.

I’m still teaching business ESL part-time and that’s going well, but looking forward to a day when I can devote myself to writing full-time. I thought I might chronicle my return to ‘traditional’ publishing, but to be honest, it’s not going so well, and I’m afraid it’s just going to turn into a big rant. I’m finding academic publishers are no easier to work with than the Big Five. This week I took the daring step of contacting some literary agents, which I didn’t think I wanted to do, but I feel like I need some help and support. In the years I’ve been away from traditional publishing, it doesn’t look like things have gotten any easier for the writer. Or perhaps I should say, trad publishers haven’t seemed to have learned anything from getting their ass kicked by Amazon and Kindle.  Still treating writers like crap. And there’s so many more of us now…we’re like the pond scum of the publishing hierarchy. No glory or prestige in being a writer today!

But the Persistent Writer will keep on writing, as always. March was a very good month for books sales, my best ever in the six years I’ve been doing this, but I did have to spend some $$$ on promotion and marketing. Now I’m just going to let it all slide for a few months while I work on the new project. And enjoy spring, which I think is finally here in the Northeast…Not ruling out snow for Easter!

Guest blog alert: I have a very interesting guest, a very different type of writer lined up for Holy Week, which, to my alarm, is coming up fast. That one will appear on foot-washing day, Holy Thursday so my own next blog won’t be until after Easter Sunday. Happy holidays (and holy-days) everyone!

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