This is not my blog.
It was never intended for me to spout my opinions, which is one the reasons it took so long for me to put my name up there.
You might ask what was it for, then?
Well, it goes like this: it was originally intended back in 2003, to serve as a central location for a group of writers (associated with Writer On Line, hence the name) who were learning to promote their books, to report their booksignings and other events. That didn't happen. Back in those days, most of the book authors I knew were pretty much disillusioned with anything online, and particularly suspicious of blogs. Many of them insisted they would never, ever have anything to do with something as weird and unknown as blogs.
By now, as many of you know, that idea has changed. Lots of authors are using blogs to promote their books, and written works of all kinds, and so when Writer Online Magazine's new owner approached me to try something like this again, I figured it was worth a shot.
As part of their Writer's Learning Center program, we're offering a class on writer's promotion. This is not the kind of class where you study for a while and then go out and put into practice what you learned, it's a hands-on active group that will begin promoting from the git-go. Meanwhile, I'll be giving the newbies the benefit of my two years in the blogosphere, and many more years promoting things in other ways. It won't all be about blogs, because writers need to get out and about in their communities as well. So there'll be a bit on how to go about the in-person side of being a self-promoter.
As we get the newbies comfortable with blogs, and we all get comfortable with each other, there will be group events and plenty of networking going on! Maybe some offline group events too - who knows? Nobody has ever done anything like this before, so there's really no way to know how it will all unfold. Something I do know is that there's plenty of power in even the smallest group of blogs; and it's also a big help to be part of a group of people who are all doing the same things.
All the particulars are here.
Let's see what kind of a splash we can make!