20 07 2006

Spreading Too Thin?

20 07 2006

It has been an unusual busy week, perhaps because I got behind on my daily work as I attended company over the weekend.  I finally can breathe now, I met my deadline and now it’s just a matter of getting back to blogging. 

I have a few blogs and each one has a slightly different theme, it suits me well since I have so many interests and can be in a different frame of mind depending on what’s going on.  But I was told not to spread myself too thin, then I won’t be good in anything.   I see other blogger doing the same and as a writer it helps me  in ways I can’t even mention.  The only thing that is suffering right now is the revision of my book, which I hope to have ready for the editor in August or September. 

I concentrate on nonfiction for now but the interest of topics range from inspirational, memoir and travel writing.  Is it right to go in so many directions? I’m a newly published author so I’m not sure which will be the best one for me yet, I guess time will tell.  I just wonder if there are any other authors who do this or if sticking to one genre is the norm. 

I’ll continue to explore for now and hope to grow as a writer as the time goes by.   

Research Project

9 07 2006


A long discussion about using MySpace as advertising has been part of Guerrilla Marketers @ Lulu Forum since April.  Jumping onboard last week was Adam Schultz from Search Engine Lowdown.    Adam has been analyzing how to use         as a tool for marketing for a while after he saw the potential with the success of the X-Man movie release who created a         for its promotion. But what caught my attention was his entry on another author, Niambi, who has successfully created  hers        and attracted over a thousand people to it. I would love to have her come here and share some of her experience with the site.   

Since we deal with authors in our site we are exploring the possibilities to use this medium to create awareness for our books and connect to our readers.  I just found out today about a new area in MySpace Books. 

We have one author, Alan Baxter, who is using the medium to network with people who enjoy Dark Fantasy Fiction and getting some friends already reading his book and commenting on his space. He also uses it to drive people to his regularly updated blog. 

The jury is out, the market potential is there, I guess it will be a matter of learning how to make it work and hopefully we’ll find a way right here.  If we put our heads together and share our experiences I’m sure we’ll get somewhere. 

So here is the deal for this research; for those authors who have a         and would like to participate of this research I’ll welcome your ideas and experiences.  Anything at all that you can think of, we’ll look into it and see if we can put it to the test and share the results here. Make an entry on your blog and email me the link post to share here at Inside the Mind of a Guerrilla Marketer.  We’ll be storming some ideas and sharing experiences until the end of the month.

Note: This message was originally posted on our Guerrilla Insight for Authors.  See Comments on this entry.

On becoming an Author

6 07 2006

Perhaps it happen to you too, that you fell in love with the written word and before you knew it you wrote your own book.  To me it was that accidental, I’ve been writing all my life, especially when I was a teenager.  In grade school my handwriting workbook was my favorite and I took great pride to make my writing beautiful.  My teacher got my attention more than once for going way ahead in my assignments. 

When my teens hit I needed to unload all my feelings, my mom encouraged me to write it down and I bought beautiful stationary of beach scenes, little kids and couples as background and glued them to the pages of my composition notebook.  On those coloful papers I wrote a lot of stuff, I think my mom still has them and others were lost in one of our moves. 

Journaling has been part of my life and always will be.  Now I write for spiritual insight, about books I’ve read, about the books I’m writing, morning pages to warm up, bible studies, meditation, about being a mom, and on and on and on.  Blogging has taking a big chunk of my writing time as well while I communicate with friends, family, authors and business partners. 

My reflection on life while raising my young family became my first book and hopefully my next one will be part of my life.  Right now life is so busy and while I promote my book, Simplicity – Richness of Life,  and others  that I find so little time to  finish the book I’ve working on for over a year.   But there is a lot more than writing that needs to be done.  There is a whole marketing plan that needs to be developed and unlike my first book, this one will be released after every little detail is in place.

So being an author has been a journey, one that I’ll forever enjoy as it takes its turns and I experiment with new ways to communicate what’s inside of me.  I have many interests, so I know I’ll write more than inspirational nonfiction  but whatever it is will be part of who I am and what I believe needs to be transmitted to the world and make it better.  At least I’ll try…