by Monica A. Ross, LPC
I took a little over a month-long break from blogging. In that time, I noticed that, while I’ve gotten a lot of work done on what I hope will be my first published book, I’ve missed checking in here periodically on my site.
In February I went on a writing retreat in Vermont and I got to visit the JFK Library and Museum, Berklee College of Music, and Harvard Medical School. I accomplished a lot of other things this past month. I moved my practice from south to north Austin and I also moved my home dwelling further north, as well.
So, a lot’s been going on over here.
I’ve been reading up on writing query letters, book proposals, and finding literary agents. I’ve gotten information from different sources on how to go about all of these things and for the most part, the information has been consistent. It's the times when I get conflicting information that things get frustrating.
I joined the Writers’ League of Texas and I’ve attended a couple of their events. Most recently they hosted a panel discussion on the agent/author relationship. That event was held at BookPeople downtown.
In that same space where BookPeople is located there used to be one of the original Whole Foods grocery stores. That space was later taken over by REI. But every time I walk into REI next to BookPeople, I think of that original Whole Foods.
This town is crawling with memories and as I age I notice that all of these restaurants and bookstores and gathering places put on wear.
I think to myself at 5am as I’m in line at a coffee shop that these same layers of dust and accumulated grunge in an unassuming crevice near one of the appliances could be part of the same grunge that was there back when grunge was “cool” 20 years ago.
At any rate, I met a friend this week and she encouraged me to keep up with the blogging despite the work I’m doing on the book. So we'll see how this goes. I’m just getting my feet wet again with this post.
Not convinced yet to keep going with it. So much other writing to do.
In terms of "platform" still working that out as well. My Instagram is a little frenetic. My Facebook page goes a little all over the place, Twitter too. I’m well aware there is a method to marketing madness.
It's just when I’ve tried formulaic and cookie-cutter techniques they haven't felt right to me.
And yet, I know, publishers like to see 20k Instagram followers. I’m still working my way through all of this and trying to stay true to me and to my style while at the same time seeking guidance.