In recent weeks, I’ve shared a couple of videos of Berthold Gambrel and I talking about issues related to writing. Those videos are here and here. We’ve had a bit of a hiatus in our video chats and the responsibility for that rests with me.
I’ve had some options to juggle over the past few weeks and while I considered those options, I put the brakes on our video chats and my development of a website where writers can help and support each other. One of those options was a temporary job that would have required me to work 60-72 hours per week. It’s a job I applied for way back in April, and the HR department for the agency finally checked all of the boxes for me to start. I then got a call to see if I was ready to go — first with a two day training session, and then actual, real work. I said yes, thinking I’d go through the training and then make a decision about actually committing to that kind of work schedule.
Well, almost three weeks later, the training hasn’t happened and after a lot of deep thought and some conversations with the Queen Midget, I’ve decided to skip that job. As long as I worked in it I wouldn’t be able to do anything else. Nothing other than eat and sleep, and that’s not what I retired for. Yes, I need money, but not that much.
So … Berthold and I are back at it, and this is where you come in, writers of the world. Our first two videos were just the two of us. We’d like to expand that a bit, include a couple of other writers with the hope we can get divergent opinions and different perspectives on the things we discuss.
Tentatively, we have come up with topics for our next two video chats — (1) our favorite indie books; and (2) advice and tips for indie writers. Are you interested in joining these conversations? We’d like to hear from you. Drop a note in comments or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. These conversations can only get better if we get a few other writers join in the conversation. Once we determine if anybody wants to join us, we’ll set up a time that works for everybody and go from there.
Beyond the video chats, I’ll also be developing a blog/website, tentatively titled Writers Supporting Writers. While Berthold and I are indie writers/publishers and our focus will be significantly on that part of the writing world, we want this site to be for all writers. And more importantly, we want you to contribute to it. Posts, tips, tricks, ideas and, well, whatever you think can help other writers. What lessons you’ve learned. What has worked and what hasn’t.
Hopefully, I can get this website set up in the next few weeks and we will be asking you then also — would you like to join us in this effort. Our focus will be on writers who care about their craft. We aren’t going to let just anybody become a contributor to the website. Quality matters to us and we will be working to make sure contributors feel the same way. Also, with respect to any of these endeavors — whether the video chats or the upcoming website — you don’t have to be published, whether independently or traditionally. No. You just need to be a writer who cares about what they do and wants to share their thoughts and their lessons with other writers.
So … interested? Let me know in comments or via that email address … email@example.com