I AM A WRITER . . . REALLY
Posted by Sharon K Owen
If you haven’t heard yet, Juliana L Brandt has started a new challenge Warm Fuzzies Blogfest!
She’s giving us all a chance to respond to various topics and compete for fabulous prizes!!
If you’d like to join in the blogfest, head over to Juliana’s new website and sign up! Today’s question is:
How do you broach the subject of being a writer to other people who aren’t authors?
That’s always been a tough one for me. I mean, I’ve always worked at a “real job” to support my writing habit. Without a place on the NY Times Best Seller List or large advances and royalty reports, I hesitated to publicize my literary pursuits.
In the past, if asked by new acquaintances about my profession, I ‘d first explain that I was a university professor–which I am and very proud of it–then, segue subtly into a comment about my writing.
That’s when it would get sticky. “What do you write?” would be the next question. Unable to come up with a confident answer, I would blush, look down, shuffle my feet and answer “stuff.”
After an awkward pause, the conversation would gently segue to another subject. Whew!!
No more!! I’ve made great progress.
Now, to anyone who gives me the slightest opportunity, I announce that I am a writer.
When the inevitable question is asked about what I write, I answer proudly, “romantic suspense.” Then, I give them the name of my book, where they can purchase it and offer a business card that displays all my social media sites.
Of course, that leads to the next questions. “How many books have you sold?” “How much money have you made?”
Okay, I said I’ve made progress. I didn’t say I’ve worked out all the kinks . . . yet.
About Sharon K OwenI am a fiction writer, a university professor, a copy editor and an online writing teacher. My first Romantic Suspense: Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) was published in 2011 and the second book in the series, Whatever Goes Around, will be published in March, 2012. My short stories and poetry have been published in Descant, Concho River Review, Iron Horse, American Literary Review, Trinity Writer's Workshop newsletter and collections of Christmas stories. I am blessed with a loving, supportive family, a multitude of friends and the good fortune to share a cozy sanctuary in North Texas with my two cats (Matt and Cinders).
Posted on October 25, 2011, in Blogs, Book Recommendations, Social Networking, Writers, Writing and tagged blogs, ficition, Juliana L Brandt, sharon k owen, social networking, warm fuzzies blogfest, writers. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.