Bringing in the New Year WritePosted: January 2, 2017 | Author: kayelynnebooth | Filed under: Author Profile, Books, Fiction, Film Review, Screenwriting, Writing, Writing Event, Writing Tips | Tags: Feedback, Opinion, profiles, Reviews, Writing, Writing to be Read |4 Comments
It’s 2017! Where does the time go? It seems like just yesterday that I was venturing forth to start Writing to be Read on Today.com. Most of you won’t remember. It was supposed to be a site that would monetize my blog, so without a clue as to what I should write about, I jumped right in. I wrote about all kinds of things and at the end of every post I published one of my poems, in order to cover the full scope of the literary world, or something like that. That was in 2010, seven years ago. Wow! Unfortunately, several months later Today.com folded and the sight just disappeared, along with all the writing I had done there. In a panic, I found WordPress and re-created my blog here.
Since then it has be remodeled several times until it is what you see here today. As I said in my Looking Back on 2016 post last week, this past year has been a good one for Writing to be Read as it has grown in popularity. So to start the new year out, I’d like to take a closer look at what I hope to accomplish with the blog this year. In last weeks post I mentioned a few ideas I wanted to see come to fruition: author and screenwriter profiles, more screenwriting content, coverage of more writing events, and guest posts by authors, screenwriters and other industry professionals. That is the shape I foresee for Writing to be Read.
But, you know, this blog wouldn’t be anywhere without you, the reader. Watching my statistics, it’s you that determines what content I create. It’s you that make the number of followers climb, you who increase my page views. With this in mind, I know I can’t move forward without asking you what content you would like to see here in the coming year. Are there topics of interest you’d like to learn more about? Do you have questions you’d like to have answered through one of my posts? And while we’re at it, who would you like to see profiled or interviewed? What books or movies would you like to see reviewed? What topics would you like to see investigated? What events would you like to see covered? What kinds of things will keep you coming back for more?
Another goal I hope to accomplish is to continue to increase my following and have more reader interaction through comments. I appreciate every reader I have gained over the years. Some of you, I have come to think of as friends as well as readers. I also welcome new readers. If you are here for the first time, or maybe you’ve been here before but you haven’t subscribed to email or followed on WordPress yet, please do so before you click on the next website. I make no money off Writing to be Read. My only reward is to watch my followers grow and know I am being read. Subscribe, follow, leave a comment to let me know you were here, or do all three. With your help, we can make 2017 the best year ever for Writing to be Read.
I know it has been mentioned before, but how does an author find an overseas agent to have their book published in Europe? There is Europa Editions, but they basically bring overseas authors’ books to the US. I’ve looked up the agents listed in past posts, but when they mention overseas books, they say they want children’s stories. I write children stories, but that’s not what I’m looking for. I have a Cold War novel set in 1960’s Europe that I would like to place in Europe, not the US. I think it would especially do good in France. But it would be nice to get a publisher that could release the book in both German and French. Any ideas?
Good question Tom. I suggest acquiring a copy of “Writer’s Market”. It’s always a good idea to keep a fairly recent copy around, I think you can also get an online subscription, but I prefer to have a print copy on hand for research and reference. I’m an old fashioned kind of girl. Writer’s Market lists both publishers and agents, you can also research agents online and look for those that work in the European market. If you can find out who the agents are for authors with work published in that market and then research, and submit to those that are appropriate. Hope that helps.
I hope the new year brings further success and a whole new bundle of followers to you.
Thank you Phyllis.
Me too. I’m looking forward to all the proposed changes.
May the New Year bring good things your way as well.