Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Working hard on my new book

I've been working non-stop on my new book. I'm on a roll and so I'm taking my own advice and not stopping for anything. My writing just about shut down for several months and then bam! it just turned back on. I think it was forcing myself to write something — anything — everyday that finally opened up the flood gate. I'm making a lot of progress. Sorry, that it's been slowing down my blogging but I think that in the end it will be worth it.


Jas said...

Would you say blogging has helped in maintaining writing practice and fluency of thoughts? Was it easy for you to be an online bookseller in NYC?

jenn said...

As for blogging, I think it helps when I write my own pieces. It forces me to think and write and sort out my thoughts at the same time. I'm not sure that this will help everyone but it helps me. I've been blogging about my writing experience because I thought that might be helpful to someone.

And as for being an online bookseller in NYC, when you're online you are never really local to one city, you can get hits from all over the country and the world. But I find that it is important to reflect a local culture.

But to answer your real question: is it easy? The answer is an definite NO. There are issues of marketing and credit card fraud to contend with. Aside from those issues, I find it really a satisfying thing to do.

Online you can be honest about the books and the industry. You're not beholden to industry and even your local community the way you are with a storefront. If your local community has a particular taste in books that you don't share, you can feel trapped into carrying those books even if it makes you feel uncomfortable. Online you can carry and advocate for books that you truly care for and have interest in.

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