Since my Twitter obsession began I’ve followed many writers. That was my goal. To connect, to learn about other people’s creative process, discover the sites they were using, where they were selling (ebooks? print copies?) and how they were marketing themselves and their books. I wanted to find out what was working.
What I absolutely did not expect was the abundance of talent out there. Hundreds of Twitter bios have made me chuckle and yearn for the time to get to know them all. One by one I follow these Rock Stars, and promise myself I’ll return and learn more about each as time allows. So many bright, funny, talented, interesting people, writers all. I wish I had their autographs, because I just know someday every last one will be famous.
Another result has been the virtual river of sincerity, generosity and unsolicited support that has me literally floating. People reach out, too many to name in this space, with kind words and retweets and lovely comments. Here are a few of the standouts.
Before I really “knew” the talented Christine Nolfi (@christinenolfi), author of Treasure Me, she read the first three chapters of my debut novel, Mark of the Loon, and emailed the loveliest message I have ever received IN MY LIFE. She said she felt I had a gift and sincerely hoped I hadn’t stuck the pages away in a drawer and given up. I want to be like you, Christine. You’re all about taking others with you as you make your way through the process of becoming a top-notch author. One who sells lots and lots of books!
Wonderful author of In Leah’s Wake, Terri Giuliano Long (@tglong) is a busy lady and a great twitter friend and advisor. Although I haven’t even finished my book – much less published – she’s asked if I would be interested in discussing a Writer’s Support Group this fall. Somebody thinks I have what it takes. Terri, I want to be like you: generous, supportive, a believer in others.
I’ve mentioned the awesome Tess Hardwick (@tesshardwick), author of Riversong, often in my posts. She reached out weeks ago when I was a newbie and tweeted about my meager little website, then passed me the Versatile Blogger award. I was touched and astonished, and still haven’t gotten over the gesture. I want to be like Tess, a friend among friends, committed to her craft and her peers.
The list goes on and on. I’m about the luckiest person I know right now. Wonderful women writers are reaching out to pull me along. They’ll be there to advise me when I’m ready to format, have a cover designed, seek a publicist, set up a blog tour, schedule book signings. All I have to do is follow the trail they’ve forged, and I see them ahead of me, beckoning, urging me to catch up. Here I come! I’m on my way.
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