Know My Place

It’s been a couple of weeks since I returned from my first in-person WMG workshop in Las Vegas and my noodle is still rattling around my skull, trying desperately to make sense of the information flood.

I learned about podcasting, audiobooks, gaming rights, merchandise licensing, Hollywood contracts, discoverability, marketing, branding, social media, and ohmyGodsomuchmore…

It. was. a. lot.

But there was one thing–ONE thing–that I was able to compile out of all of that brain-code.


And that perspective told me that the next thing I need to put all of my creative focus into is writing the next story. 52 Stories in 52 Weeks was a great accomplishment and one I won’t belittle, but it was a mere footnote toward something greater. I’ve seen that among the fellow writers that visit here and being among such a cadre of professionals in Vegas humbled me beyond words. I know that if I let up on the gas now, it would be a huge mistake.

How about you, friends? What’s your perspective? Do you know what you need to focus on in order to make the greatest impact on your life?


11 thoughts on “Know My Place

  1. I need to keep my head down and focus on my next book and ignore the noise around me.

    1. You nailed it, Jill! And there’s always plenty of noise to go around. I wish you luck! I still have A Father for Bella on my TBR pile beside my bed. 🙂

      1. Thanks, Phillip…I need it! There’s been so much going on with my parents, I’m having a real tough time getting my revisions completed on this book…but I will…I hope. 🙁 Aw…you’re so sweet to have my book. I hope you don’t feel obligated to read it…since it’s a romance, I totally understand. 🙂

        1. Oh no, I’m so sorry about the tough times with your parents. Dealing with aging parents is certainly a task requiring a lot of time and mental strength. I hope it goes as smoothly as possible for you. I’m sure your parents appreciate your love and attention.

          Don’t fret about the revisions. I know you’ll get them done and then you’ll get to rest easy (until the next book, right? 🙂 )

          And regarding being obligated to read your book, well I can’t help it if I became a Jill Weatherholt groupie after finishing Second Chance Romance and now I WANT to read all of your stories. 😀 I’m seriously excited to get to it.

          1. Thanks, Phillip…it has been a challenging time, but the writing really does help relieve some of the stress. The book is due December 1st, so I’ve got to get er done! 🙂 Thank you for your kind words about SCR…that is so nice. 🙂

  2. Oh, I wish I could focus! It sounds like a great conference you went to, and you’re right — you should not belittle the accomplishment of 52 stories in 52 weeks. I know you’ll go on to do much much more, and I hope to be with you every step of the way. Just don’t ever lose joy in it. I remember when you went on your hiatus to focus on your health and your family. Always allow yourself to do that again if and when writing ever becomes a chore because obviously you were born to write so you’ll never not write … but a vacation now and then is good for the soul. So says Marie O Wise One … 😉

    1. A solid reminder, Marie! Working hard is important, but we can’t lose sight of the fact that the body DOES require R&R. 🙂

  3. I think my greatest focus right now is finding my unique voice. Especially with the tsunami of the e-pub markets, there are just SO MANY stories out there—millions of tiny little bottled notes floating around in an endless sea, each one hoping to get picked up and read. How do I make my bottle unique? How do I direct it towards a populated village where it has the greatest chance of washing up on shore and being discovered? Heck, I don’t know, maybe I need to be a lighthouse or a sextant or a rudder instead of just another bottle tossed into the water. I’m still trying to figure it all out, and where I want my place in it to be.

    1. I think you’ve picked the perfect project for your goal, Morgan! You have to opportunity to try on so many different hats and see what sticks. And in the world of indie publishing, you can easily wear a bunch of them and market them separately. Thanks for sharing and I apologize that I haven’t been able to keep up with you and Mark lately, but I do see your stories pop into my inbox every week.

  4. ‘Writing the next story’ – that’s the perspective I’m getting from starting out on a 52 stories in 52 weeks journey (and thanks for the push-off-the-procrastination-cliff, Phillip!)

    Ask me again in another six months haha!

    1. Haha, don’t worry, the landing isn’t so bad as it seems. 🙂 Glad to hear it’s working out!

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