Very relieved that April is done. I loved being able to get away from work,but there was a huge impact on productivity because sometimes I couldn't reach the people I needed to get things done. But now I plan to rev up some of my writing and business activities to make sure that I meet the goals that I set for 2011.
Last year I wondered if, after years of blogging ( launched Storypot in January 2006), I had a decent enough track record and accumulated enough meaningful posts to use them as a basis for a book. Maybe something called The Diary Of A Multimedia Writer?
Heaven knows the material is there. During this period, I worked as journalist for an online news publication, took issue-based campaigns and a TV series online and published a wide variety of materials online and in print.
I went through Storypot and selected posts that could be relevant and rearranged them by date starting from the beginning ( as opposed to a blog which has the last post first.)
I put together a 97-page document, but there were still more than a year's posts in the archives for me to review and add to the document. BUT, I didn't feel ready: I wasn't sure my story was interesting enough for a publisher, or that people would want to hear what I have to say. I was also afraid I had 97-pages worth of useless navel-gazing. Telling people about your day works well enough on a blog, but Anne Frank I'm not.
This year March has been a period of consolidation for me, and the thought of using information from the blog as the basis for an ebook for writers came back to me. This time, I feel more confident: not that traditional publishers will be interested (I still don't have a big track record with them), but that I have blogged about some useful stuff and had enough conversations with other writers (here, on other forums and in person) that I can share what they taught me too.
It will take a long time, though, for the book/diary to become a reality though. Ideally, I'll find a traditional publisher, because I want someone else to validate its publication as a useful tool for writers. I also want to have as wide a distribution and reach as many aspiring writers in this country, as possible.
What do you think of the whole idea?