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Authors Working Together

July 11, 2011
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Skywalker’s total lack of ability to become a skilled outdoorsman is more than offset by his ability and mastery of story telling. He spins a yarn that leaves us in awe.”Dennis “K1” Blanchard

The above quote is on Bill “Skywalker” Walker’s book web site. It is just one indication of what we authors need to do for each other. Authors need to help their readers find other authors. Think about it, books are a commodity, something that is in essence, consumed. When a reader finishes one book, they hunger for another and often that “other” book is something in the same genre. For some time now I have been making the point that we authors are not competing with each other, we’re a team providing a product.

I met Bill, or “Skywalker” a number of years ago at a Appalachian Trail Club of Florida meeting. He is an impressive sight, all seven feet of “him.” He is the most unlikely long distance hiker I think I have ever encountered. His other love is writing, he has generated some interesting stuff, check out his web site at http://skywalker-pct.com/

This evening I was at a local writers club, the Authors Connection in Sarasota, Florida. I was part of a tag-team presentation with another local author, Ron Klein. Ron is also an inventor and competitive bicyclist. We lectured on the methods to follow to get a print or ebook version of a book to the market. Ron covered the print side of things and I covered the ebook. I also added some information about marketing a book, regardless of the media.

Ron did a fantastic job and I think he opened many eyes to just how easy it is today to bring your creation to a readers eyes. Hopefully I held up my end of the bargain. The bigger message here is that we authors need to work together to educate other authors about writing, publishing and marketing. With the big publishing houses reducing staff, cutting budgets and resisting taken on new names the Indie writer has to rely on other authors to find their way through publishing minefield. It felt really good to contribute tonight.

If you’re an author, wanna-be author, or just find writing interesting, leave a comment, we’d love to hear your take on writing and publishing today. With an anemic economy and limited reader monies we need all the help we can get.

Dennis “K1” Blanchard

Author of: THREE HUNDRED ZEROES: Lessons of the Heart on the Appalachian Trail

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2011 08:34

    Dennis, I enjoyed your talk at the club meeting. Check out http://www.willfulwomen.info when u get a chance. Randy KE4ONV

    • July 13, 2011 23:54

      Thanks for the comment Randy. If you think you’d like to write some pieces for the blog, just let me know. Anything that you think other authors should know, that perhaps they don’t would be useful. What works for you, what doesn’t, that sort of thing. I can post it for you, or, if you’re familiar with WordPress, I can give you access to do it yourself.

      Dennis

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