President’s Report – February 2013
Hello everyone and welcome to the first edition of eWriteabout for 2013. I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday season and that you‘ve been far more productive with your writing than I have. The best laid plans certainly do go astray when you’re having fun. I’ve been having a wonderful time playing with grandbabies, and house- and dog-sitting for friends as well as catching up with family and friends, and working on a very interesting professional project.
Watching my two and a half year old grandbaby teach my eighty-plus Mum how to use an iPhone, an iPad, and an eReader got me challenged me to think more broadly about the myriad of publishing possibilities that now exist, and how we, as writers, need to adjust our thinking to accommodate the shrinking attention spans of readers.
I have been looking more closely at the field of electronic publishing, and engaging in a little experimentation. There are of course blogs, and a range of social media such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook to explore if you are so inclined where news, opinion articles and stories are being published by ‘citizen journalists’. There has been a blossoming of independent on-line newspapers such as Independent Australia, New Matilda, The Monthly for those interested in current affairs. There has also been a flourishing of online magazines and newsletters. My experimental newspaper http://paper.li/jboyded/
So don’t feel that writing the great Australian novel is the only way to become a published author. There are lots of possibilities out there just waiting to give your talent an opportunity to shine. Having said that, though, one of my best birthday gifts this year was a beautiful hard-covered book called ‘Lentil As Anything’.
One of the things I would like to see the committee do this year is to use our social media sites more effectively to publicise blogs, blogposts, online book launches etc for our members. We’ll discuss these at the February committee meeting. If there are any ideas you would like to add into the discussion please email me so I can include on the agenda.
Below are some links you may find interesting or useful. Don’t forget to check the GCWA website to see the new updated version. Thanks to Jeannie for all her work on that. Thanks also to Martin for presiding at the January meeting which I’m told was very entertaining. I’ll look forward to seeing you all at the February meeting.
Favourite Quote this month
Fill your paper with breathings of the heart – William Wordsworth
Weblinks for your Information and Entertainment
Can you believe they said that? The secret to writing authentic dialogue. http://ow.ly/h59Md
Anatomy of a bestseller : a discussion of Stephen’s successful style of writing. http://ow.ly/h57Ye
E-books destroying traditional publishing? The story’s not that simple. http://ow.ly/gEHrV
9 Publishing Predictions for 2013. http://ow.ly/gGHSl ”
How can an author website boost YOUR writing career? http://dld.bz/b5mnb
8 points on plotting your novel. http://ow.ly/gGHmF
Interview with @NWStudio member and @saltpublishing author Alison Moore in @LeftLion Illustration by Michelle Haywood http://www.leftlion.co.uk/articles.cfm/title/alison-moore/id/5395#.UROscKuo478