The new the Writer magazine for August 2009 just arrived at my door. For those of you wanting to know the in's and out's of your first novel, there is a great article on page 28. Those of you that love gadgets like me... the article on High-Tech Tools for Writers on page 33 is an eye opening article. If you are a veteran writer like me, remember the days of a portable tape recorder, camera, notebook, pencil, datebook or scheduler and a large briefcase was what you brought to be able to do an interview? Well, with technology today, all I need is my cellphone, my laptop (and I do not always need this one) and a scheduled date with my interviewee is all I need today. Life has really gotten easy for writers. If you do not receive the Writer, it is definitely one of my favorite magazines for over thirteen years.
I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend. I did not do much writing, I hope you all did. Reading page 38 of the Writer reminds me of something all writers need to do, social networking. It is essential in any business, but I think it is so important with freelance writing or if you plan on writing a book. There are so many places to social network:
Mediabistro's social meetings
and many, many more.
It is so important to get out to the world of the business you run. Yes, writing is a business. Even if you write as a hobby. If you ever plan on getting published in any manner, social networking is essential. I really do not know how to emphasize this more.
Thank you, remember to read, write and be merry.