My father does not understand me.
This was a given when I was a teenager.
When the subject of my online work came up, my father said, in a tone that could only be termed condescending, “Why would you bother with that?” He means well, which is never soothing though for some reason it’s supposed to ease the pain of casual negation. Think of that. Have you ever not taken offense when anyone starts out with, “No offence, but…”
But to the question, why do I bother with Chazz Writes? Well, lots of reasons (beyond the simple enjoyment of bagging on my 84-year-old father.)
1. I write because I can do naught else. He really should get that by now.
2. I write to learn what I think about things. Don’t you find your thoughts are better articulated and organized when they go through your keyboard first?
3. I write to educate and, in so doing, I become better educated about writing and the publishing industry. I research a hippo’links before I shoot them your way. Curation is a large part of what I do on the blog.
4. I write for recognition. As detailed in my previous post (immediately below), I’ve decided it’s important to become a fame whore and not just the regular sort we all are (i.e. for money.)
5. I write so clients can find me. That happy pic up there? It takes you to my business site where there’s a free trial for editing manuscripts. I also edit websites for a flat rate. I write and I edit and this, all of this, is an ad. And yet, I am unashamed.
6. I write to build a following. When I kick my fiction out into the world, I want an audience to be ready. Eager even!
7. I write for myself. It’s not just for business. Without the business side, I’d do it anyway. (I wrote a couple of blogs before this one.) In short, it’s fun.
8. I write as a distraction from my “real” writing. When one of my book chapters fails to get written or edited as quickly as I’d like, my blog post can succeed where other ambitions may (temporarily) fall short.
9. I write the blog for the energy and feedback my readers give me through their comments, their attention and the chakra vortex I have hooked up which funnels your etheric power through your tilde key, through the interwebs and into my root chakra. So, thanks readers!
10. I write for the pure enjoyment of gentle vengeance upon family members who don’t get what I do. That’s right. I said it. Vengeance. Chazz does not take condescension well! Condescension makes Chazz write of himself in the third person! It’s that serious.
Here’s a spot-on and more serious link about why you should familiarize yourself
with what’s going on in the publishing industry:
from Pens with Cojones.
(I love that name, don’t you? Just don’t think through to the disturbing visual… D’oh!)
- Why the iPad Will Not Save the Publishing Industry (woorkup.com)
- Why book publishing needs the Silicon Valley way (macworld.com)
- Avoid the Many Pitfalls of Book Publishing (terrywhalin.blogspot.com)
- Publishing Industry and Music Industry | all these birds with teeth: this is not about science. (birdswithteeth.wordpress.com)
- The ings before publishing part three: convening (sararyan.com)
- How to promote your book (the-write-spot.com)
- So, You Want to Publish Your Own Book? (dailyfinance.com)
- Writer Reality Check (warriorwriters.wordpress.com)
- The Local Lit Scene Gets Busy Online (chicagoist.com)
- When is the Best Time to Publish Blog Posts? [Infographic] (hubspot.com)
- How to publish a Kindle ebook (teleread.com)
- Publishers leery of doing business with Apple (tuaw.com)