Q & A About the Writing Life

What were your goals when you started writing?

My writing goals when I began writing were very simple: Write an advice column every week. That’s because a newspaper asked me to write about a subject that I was considered to be an expert. I still write a bi-weekly column in a business publication. After a few years, a local chamber of commerce asked me to write a novella and set it in their community. They wanted to have an unusual marketing piece. The novella was very heavy on setting. Ideally, a reader would want to visit the places in the community after reading the novel. That was a paid assignment that eventually led to nine other short novels set in towns around Mississippi.

What are your goals now?

(1) write two novels and have them published within the next six months.
(2) write and publish two advice books, one on the subject of leadership and one on the subject of economic/community development.

What pays the bills now?

Writing, teaching and consulting.

What advice would you give young authors hoping to make a career out of writing?

If you are going to make a career out of writing you need to remember that you are writing for your customers (readers). Although writing for oneself sounds good, that is not what pays the bills. Understand that there is a blend of writing about what you like and what the reader wants. If you’re lucky those two things will be the same.

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Thanks to Bob Clary, Community Manager, Webucator and Google Analytics/AdWords Trainer for the questions.
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