Today, please welcome Pauline Baird Jones who will be talking about the other theme of my blog—writing. She has authored 12 novels, the most recent of which is Kicking Ashe. She also has published three handbooks on writing.
One day, when my daughter was little, she asked me, “Mom, how do you know what you know?
I looked at her, blinked a couple of times, and responded, “I learned it from someone else.”
Teaching and learning are fairly simple–and really obvious–concepts and yet…to learn a person needs to be teachable. We start out teachable, but too often, along the path to becoming grownup, we forget how to learn.
Being teachable is really important for authors. We need to be able to learn the craft, be able to adjust to a changing marketplace, and manage our personal businesses (yes, an author is a business).
Thankfully, there are people who are willing to share what they know to those taking their first publishing steps. I’ve been really lucky about finding people who a) knew stuff and b) were willing to share that stuff with a newbie so green she convinced beans she was one of them.
I can’t go back and shake the hand of the people who helped me when I was new to the business. Many of them I never met in person and some, sadly, are no longer around to thank. I can only do what they did and pay it forward. One way I do that is by directing people to good resources.
I recently had the good fortune to stumble onto a great resource, a yahoo email loop called Marketing for Romance Writers. If I feared I was too old to learn (I have been around the biz for a considerable time), that fear was eased after a week or two. I can still learn.
MFRW totally embraces the concept of paying it forward. In that spirit the loop is hosting a Summer Camp, which promises to be both free and packed with marketing information (details below).
So, how do you know what you know? And are you still teachable?
Pauline Baird Jones is the author of twelve novels of varying levels of mayhem and humor. She’s also written two writing handbooks, Adapting Your Novel for Film and Made-up Mayhem and she co-wrote Managing Your Book Writing Business. You can find out more about her and her work at www.paulinebjones.com