Thanks to award-winning author and radio host Jillian Maas Backman for twisting my arm to be a part of this blog hop!
She also enlisted Amy Susan Crohn, to become involved and share the writing skills and process for DYING TO LIVE: Running backwards from cancer, Lupus, and chronic illness, yet another award-winning author and book.
She didn’t have to bend too far, but I questioned why I would be included. I’m not a published author like others who have been participating, I have no aspirations, but I’ve learned that when it comes to writing anything there is a distinct process for each individual.
If you haven’t made acquaintance with Jillian you’re missing a treasure. As an Intuitive Consultant Jillian impacts my life, as well as others, by the expert tutoring from her book BEYOND THE PEWS: Breaking with Tradition and Letting Go of Religious Lockdown, or by private consultations. She is a true blessing to the world.
If you, or someone you know, has been in the throes of chronic or terminal illness, DYING TO LIVE should be on your shelf or given as a gift. It’s literally the light at the end of the tunnel and gives hope to those who are struggling to put one foot in front of the other. Be sure to hop over to Amy’s site for an in-depth description of all that’s available through her book.
One thing I’ve learned over the last several years representing writers is there are varying mechanisms to writing. Some quickly turn out book after book, others painstakingly go through their procedures of writing, but however it’s done it’s the finished product that begs for attention. This is where I enter into the picture.
What am I working on?
I work, therefore I write! While authors are working on writing, I write as a part of my work.
Becoming a published author is not my passion like many of my clients, but writing is a large part of my chosen occupation. I’m passionate about promoting and marketing, especially making new connections for my clients.
Each day I monitor my clients. What are they doing? What’s going on in their professional lives, and how can I capture and disseminate it?
I’m constantly working on blog post copy, press releases, and engaging little tweets or commentary for any one of the social media networks. I know very little about syntax, comma placement, and the “rules of writing,” so what you get is the story told in my own languages, warts and all!
What may seem like an inconsequential writing drudge to some is exciting in its own way for me.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Do I have a distinct genre? Of course! I spend hours reading the works of other social media managers, so I accept that we are a genre all our own!
Most of what I read from the “masters” and “gurus” of the social media world are articles about the latest and greatest new way to play the game of social media marketing. In the ever-changing arena of marketing on the internet it’s wise to continually learn and I’m happy there are those who share their knowledge.
The difference in my work is I write to promote, not necessarily my company or myself, but for the benefit of my clients. Most of the posts you’ll find on ImaginePublicity are going to be about clients, the who, what, when, where, or how of each of them.
Why do I write what I do?
I could take the easy way out and say, “because it’s what I’m paid to do!” But, even though I’m compensated for my services, writing is only a small portion of my job.
I find an element of excitement each time a client has a new project, event, book, or issue to promote and I convey the thrill of it in press releases or posts. I don’t always follow the rules to the letter, but attempt to create something that will grab the reader and bring them in to the story I’m broadcasting.
How does my writing process work?
My process changes depending on the type of writing I’m doing. Having had the privilege of working closely with clients who write for a living, I’ve been called upon to wear the hat of a reader, editor, and in one case, a publisher.
Most know of my close working relationship with the late Susan Murphy-Milano. She and I collaborated extensively on her last two books, Time’s Up, and her memoir, Holding My Hand Through Hell. Susan was also a radio host and contributed to her blog almost daily. I was used as her sounding board, and she was my mentor.
The process I learned from her was the inspiration of titles. Both of her books were named long before a word was written, the same with her daily blog posts. She found her writing influenced by a meaningful title, and I have followed suit.
When writing instructional or informational pieces my ideas come from a variety of sources, some out of my own head! I title each idea and store them as a draft in the backend of my site along with a link or two back to the source if it’s a topic I’ve found in another site or news story. The brainstorm is recorded, when the rest of the words come, I write, or I delete.
Everyone has a story to tell.
Next you will hear from one of my long-term clients, Donna R. Gore, also known as “LadyJustice.” She’s a well researched writer whose first book will be released in the near future. While waiting for the book you can catch up with her on her site DonnaGore.Com and learn about the multitude of issues for which she advocates.
As she relates the harrowing story of her missing and murdered sister in her book A Child is Missing, author Karen Beaudin will share with readers how she has turned a family tragedy into not only a quest for justice, but a learning tool which she uses to teach law enforcement agencies about investigating criminal cold cases.
An author who is working on her sequel, Karen is also a dynamic speaker appearing at conferences and organizations all over the country.