Sunday, January 31, 2010

All Business and No Creativity!

I don't know if many writers experience this, especially new writers, but I spend more time promoting myself and my writing than actually doing any writing. Now, I have landed quite a few writing jobs that keep me busy. But I feel like I'm doing anything creative. I want to write a novel and more short stories, but just can't seem to find the time. I miss it. But I also love the researching and writing of articles; especially writing for Gorezone, Fangoria and Animal Wellness.

Anybody else feel like this? Does it ever even out so that you can do both kinds of writing?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Self-Promotion Is Harder Than It Sounds

On July 28, 2008, my picture book for kids ages 3-7 titled "Jack's Dreams Come To Life" available on www.amazon.com.

So far only a few and I mean a few copies have been sold. I've had 15 blogs review it, I've advertised it on websites and in my local paper once. I've gotten it in to a couple of independent bookstores. My marketing package included a 500 postcards to send out and I've send out a 1/3 so far.

Does anybody have any suggestions on how to promote my book better? I'm trying to raise money for my local Humane Society. For every copy sold, I will donate $1.00.

Any help is appreciated.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My Reading List

By late summer I will have moved in to the house that my parents built for me on our property. And for this special occasion, I have set a goal that involves a very ambitious reading list.

In one year's time I hope to finish the following:

All of Stephen King's books published (in order).

The Vampire Chronicles.

Let me know what your reading goals are.

I once read that Stephen King reads 80 books a year. That really is my ultimate goal. So far I've only been able to read between 20-25 books a year. Slow reader I guess.

Monday, January 25, 2010

A Big Opportunity Could Be On The Way...

I think that's why I have a huge case of writer's block. About four months ago, I submitted my horror script to a well-known horror director. He read it and liked, but said he couldn't do anything with it now. He asked me to pitch him another idea and I did. He liked it and said he wanted me to write the script and submit it to him.

With a month of writing, I'm only on page 22 out of 90. I set a goal for myself to have it done by the end of February. I don't know what I'm going to do. I went to school to be a screenwriter, have written several scripts, but now can't seem to remember how to write one!!

I think that part of my writer's block stems from the fact that this is a big opportunity for me. I found someone who is interested in my work. Is there a such thing as being afraid of success?

Some other possibly good news is that I have another director looking at the first script. I got an email from saying that his producer is going to read it first.

The horror genre is something that I'm in love with. All I watch is horror films. Through my work as a contributing writer for Gorezone magazine, I have made some really great contacts with big names in the horror industry. I've written for Fangoria and Scars magazine. I consider myself extremely lucky, but can't seem to wrap my head around finishing this damn script.

I'm not afraid of the "no" I'm afraid of the "yes."

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Updates

Well, a lot has happened lately since I've written last. I got a full-time gig at the magazine I write for in the UK. I've written more and more articles for Animal Wellness magazine and have been entered on their list of writers!

I'm working on a horror script for Rob Schmidt director of Wrong Turn and Alphabet Killer. I'm in the process of getting a new gig writing for a website that a friend of mine (and fellow writer) has called www.hijackhollywood.com.

But since writing is never a sure thing, I've been hired by my dad to work at his dental office part-time, four days a week. It's okay, the most important thing is that it's steady money.

Sales on my picture book, "Jack's Dreams Come To Life" are slow, so I'm looking into marketing it better. Because for every copy sold, I will donate $1 to my local Humane Society.