Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick updates from this practicing writer’s HQ.

1. I’m not writing much right now, tbh. I am, however, reading. And watching. And listening. To a range of materials—films, podcasts, panels, essays, and books.

2. Meantime, over the weekend, I did manage to follow through on some of the tips from a recent #AmWriting marketing-focused podcast episode that I mentioned here last week. This means that I spent a chunk of time updating information for Birthright through my Amazon Author Central account. Not all of the changes seem to have gone through yet–but quotations from five reviews are now visible (even if the spacing between review #4 and #5 isn’t quite right), and the text that I’ve added to the “From the Author” section is showing up. Take a look. (And remember, Amazon is only one purchasing option—the penultimate one listed, in fact—that you’ll find when you click the drop-down “buy the book” button for Birthright on this website.)

3. This made my day. I was moved to receive an email yesterday which read, in part, “Just a note to say that I applied for the JBC’s Authors Emergency Fund, which I saw advertised no where other than your list…and that I was immensely impressed by the speed and efficiency with which they read my application, asked for documentation, asked for additional and specific documentation, and then replied giving me money within three days.” (I’ll take this opportunity to mention that I continue to update the list of Emergency Resources for Writers that I launched in March—please consult, and share, as appropriate.)

an open spiral notebook with a pen resting on a blank page, plus a text label that reads, "Midweek Notes."