Sell Your Writing – Face to Face

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492034302-170x170Tell Them What You Do – It’s  a Good Thing

Well, that was embarrassing.  I shake my head as I contemplate my failed attempt at describing my freelance writing business. I had just bumped into a long lost friend at the mall and she asked what I was doing these days.
“I’m a freelance writer,” I replied with confidence.
“Really, so what do you write?”
Here’s where I dropped the ball.  “I um, write articles . . . and blog posts.”
“Oh,” she said. “What’s a blog?” (I know; my friend needs to get out more.)

Don’t Miss the Boat

Luckily, in this case, my lackluster response wasn’t a big deal, but it could have been. What if my acquaintance had been a potential employer or a friend of someone who was looking for a freelance writer. I’d have missed the boat. Here’s the thing about being a writer – word of mouth is important. And that day, my mouth wasn’t working.

So why did I stumble over my job description? Because I usually rely on my writing website  – that perfectly choreographed depiction of my best writing self.  Ideally, I don’t have to describe what I do, I simply link potential clients to my writer’s website, and shining examples of my craft pop up on the screen.

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Rosie Bear Retires

Rosie Bear

As many of you know, this blog originated in 2013 as “The Library Lady and Rosie Bear”.  While I wrote adult book reviews and web content, my lifelong friend and teddy bear Rosie, focused on children’s book reviews and acted as an adviser on all things blog related.

At this time, I am sad to announce Rosie’s retirement. At the age of 61, she feels it is time to explore her options.  I can’t wait to see what fun plans this adventurous brown bear has in mind. Rosie’s parting words? “Read till your eye falls off.” Excellent advice for all.

As for the blog, it will continue without her (bearly) and in the future will be known as The Library Lady Writes.  For a humorous look at the world in general, book reviews, travel tips and whatever else crosses my mind, please continue to read and follow.  I’m grateful for those who have been with me all these years and hope to continue our acquaintance. Best to all!


thinkingDP writing challenge: I loved the picture labeled creativity.  The man behind the bars appears to have words flowing freely, something I am sorely lacking right now.

I’m stuck, it’s a classic case of writer’s block.  Not about everything mind you, I can write blog posts until the cows come home, but this new book I’m working on has me stumped.

Here’s the problem.  I recently completed my first novel and sent it off to a potential publisher. While I wait for the big NO, I am trying to work on a different manuscript.  I’ve always been told you need to immediately jump into another project for two reasons:

1.  So you can get your mind off the endless wait and possible outcomes.

2. Just in case they happen to like your first attempt and want to publish it, you should have something else ready to show  as a follow-up.

O.K. that’s all very sensible, but how do you get over your first novel?  I mean its like a love affair that was cut short before your heart was ready.  I loved the characters in my first book, and visiting with them each day and polishing up their witty repartee was a joy.  I loved their story,  how they worked out their problems, and I loved how it all ended.  It was like one of those things that got away from me after a while and kind of wrote itself . . . O.K., I know, time to take off the rose-colored glasses.

It wasn’t always that easy.  I have to be honest with myself and remember how I suffered through the first draft of that one too.  There were times when I went weeks without working on it, and that was even before I had a blog to distract me.

I know if I force myself to work on this new story I will fall in love with it too (right?). I’ve got about five chapters that I’m actually pretty happy with but so far it’s still work. There are a couple of plot twists I have yet to work out, and lately I find myself avoiding the project all together.

Wait, did I  hear someone say, “Get a grip Library Lady, and quit whining?”  I know, I’m almost done, but didn’t I read somewhere that if you’re not enjoying the process, it will show in your writing?  Oh dear. What’s a girl to do?

Has anyone else ever been in these shoes?  I’d love to hear from you. I need some inspiration.  In the meantime, here’s a quote I found about being a writer. It’s by Anne Lamott, a great author in her own right, so she knows of what she speaks.

“E.L. Doctorow said once said that ‘Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’ You don’t have to see where you’re going, you don’t have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Amen to that.

New Bloggers You Will Love!

This beautiful blog (where did you get that background?)  is authored by a poet/ artist/ writer who is always fun to read.

Audrey Dawn is a hoot and a super positive force in the world,  Let her entertain you.

Mary writes about cats, motorcycles, caring for aging parents, finding a good bottle of wine and lots more. Check her out!

This writer, who lives in Dubai,  dedicates her blog to her son.  She left a high-profile job to stay home and be a mom, and shares the experience with us.  She has also authored 2 beautiful children’s books.

The Reading Girl is a reader who loves to write.  She reads and reviews young adult books and tells it like it is.  For an honest opinion read her reviews.  Also a great creative writer!

7. I am pretty much a novice at this so I definitely have less than 50 followers! Here are my two blog sites: and
This author describes herself as a simple girl from India.  She is a child psychologist, a christian,  musician and a great blogger.

8. Thank you so much for this opportunity.  :)
A wife and mother’s journey to health and lasting happiness.  Hate your job? Read her post called, Having a bad Day?. You’ll never complain again.  A fun and informative blog.

Lindsay says: I’m a writer, a notorious motor mouth, and a wino. She is also writing a, no-smut, romance  Her blog is a record of her and her friends and their escapades.  Lindsay makes me laugh.

1st World Dog is written by Bodhi, a dog who lives in Sydney Australia.  Bodhi talks about life with her Mum and Dad, and the toddler type human who likes to paint on her.  We also learn about obedience and agility training. I love dog blogs!

So there it is.  Learn some new stuff.  Find some new friends.  Thanks for reading!