So I guess a little background about me is in order. The short version (see about me for the real details) is I wrote a children’s book about my dog and I think it is adorable (of course I do) and I want to get it published. I have submitted it to a couple of agents and have received the lovely (read sarcasm) rejection notice.
Then in February I went to presentation about book publishing at a local library, that was put on by a woman who is currently running her own agency. She has many years in the book publishing business and suggested one of the best ways to find an agent and generate some interest in your book is to develop a “web presence.” She cited a woman who had approached a publisher and was rejected, the woman developed a web site where she put recipes up everyday as well as excerpts from her book, she self-published the book and got such great interest, she could approach the publisher again, but this time they wanted her book!
So truthfully I must tell you that this is my 5th website. I have Auntie Jodi’s Thoughts, I have Jodi Stone, Sampson and Delilah and Along Came Sampson, why so many you may ask? I don’t really know. Auntie Jodi’s Thoughts was the first site and is designed more for just random thoughts about whatever is running through my mind or if something has set me off and I want to vent about it. Auntie Jodi’s thoughts was developed long before I met Jan Kardys. But to get myself started developing a “web presence”, I started facebook pages for both of my dogs. I really wanted to develop a website but wasn’t sure how to go about it. Then my niece turned me on to the www.webs.com site and that is where I made an author page as well as a website for the dogs.
One of my friends told me he could help me get a .com website and so that is where Along Came Sampson (the title of my book) came in. Now here I am on WordPress starting another blog that I hope will finally motivate me to write and work towards publication.
Please bear with me as I work through these “growing pains” of mine. I appreciate you “tuning” in and hope you will leave me comments or e-mail with what you like or don’t like. Hopefully this is the motivation I need to jump-start my career.
Tomorrow I will write about the Pet Writing Conference I am attending, until them happy reading!