WHY ARE YOU BLOGGING?

Before I was inspired to blog, I had to ask myself WHY.  I work full time, I’m raising a family, and I squeeze writing into spare moments.  My life is already taxing, so why would I add on more work?

Cronin Detzz Why Are You Blogging

I especially have to use my energy wisely because I have fibromyalgia.  It is a terribly painful disease that saps precious energy.  One day, I had an epiphany: “Forget about the fibromyalgia.  Be the change that you seek.”  The “change” I seek is to be published by a strong publisher with wide appeal. So how could I “be” a publisher?

I self published, and it was a good educational experience. But being self published is not aligned with the axiom of “being” the change that I seek. How could I give back to an industry that has meant so much to me?

I realized that I could blog – but not with the intent to self promote. My goal is to mentor writers and support poets. In this small way, I hope to help others overcome writer’s block and let writers know that they are not alone in their trials and tribulations. Someone mentored me. It only seems right that I should return the favor. If I’ve helped just one person through this minor contribution, then I am thrilled!

Why do YOU blog? Many of you blog in order to grow your audience. Don’t stop! But what other goals do you have in conjunction with your blog? I’d love to hear from you.

Keep writing & keep sharing! – Cronin Detzz

SUCCESSFUL QUERY LETTERS

I’m in hot pursuit for a literary agent who wants to represent a fresh voice on women’s issues. It took six years, but my first manuscript is complete and I cannot wait to share it! My book, “American Onion,” deals with overcoming the stigma of depression. It is a sordid tale of what I have been through, culminating in the startling accusation of being married to a child molester. These are tough subjects, but I know that so many people have been affected by mental illness that this book must be shared.

Successful Query Letters

I’ve invested many hours on my query letter. In the spirit of sharing resources, below is a link that I highly recommend regarding successful query letters to literary agents: http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/agent-query-letters-that-actually-worked-for-nonfiction_b68937

According to Media Bistro’s link (above), these are letters that actually WORKED.

Another good resource can be located at Writer’s Digest: http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/successful-queries

It’s a time consuming process to find the right agent, but with enough effort and patience I’m confident that I will succeed – and so will you.

What has worked best for you?

Keep writing & keep sharing! – Cronin Detzz

5 TIPS: SLAYING THE BEAST & GETTING YOUR BOOK FINISHED

5 TIPS: SLAY THE BEAST-GETTING YOUR BOOK FINISHED
Woo-hoo! I set a goal of one book per year, and my next book, “Supernatural Poetry,” has just been released and is available at Amazon.

How do you slay procrastination the double-headed monster of procrastination and writer’s block? How should you motivate yourself to finish your writing projects?

“FINISHED IS BETTER THAN PERFECT”

Procrastination is a huge hurdle in writer’s block. Below are a few ideas to help you slay that beast:
1. Set a realistic deadline and have someone hold you accountable. This has worked for me thus far. I made an announcement to my dear relatives in Chicago, who live 1,500 miles away, that I would have a new book done when I visit each year. I do not want to let them down.

2. Write down your goal. It must be in writing. Make it realistic and specific, such as: “Write four chapters by the last day of this month.” Put this goal in a visible place.

3. Write yourself 5 motivational notes such as, “Get that chapter done by next Monday.” Have fun with it.  Imagine starting off your day with a note that reads “I believe in you!” Put those 5 notes in unusual places around the house. You could try the refrigerator, the bathroom mirror, a lampshade, inside your slippers, and on your computer.

4. Reward yourself when you meet a goal. This does not have to be expensive or elaborate, simply memorable. For example, you could stash five Snickers bars away and only allow yourself to eat one after you accomplish your goal.

5. Most of all, remember that finished is better than perfect. Your grammar and punctuation must be perfect, but the inner content does not need all the rewrites that we writers suffer through.

Huzzah!  My latest book, “Supernatural Poetry,” is a fusion of my photography and poetry.  It is such a great feeling to slay that writer’s block beast and get it done! It is available at Amazon. You can peek inside by clicking on the following link: http://www.amazon.com/Supernatural-Poetry-Nancy-Kennedy/dp/1492388947/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382294012&sr=8-1&keywords=cronin+detzz

Keep writing and keep sharing! – Cronin Detzz