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"Keep working on a plan. Make no little plans. Make the biggest you can think of, and spend the rest of your life carrying it out." Harry S. Truman

Saturday, May 3, 2008

A blog for the introvert writer thrown into the promotion game

I just discovered a blog - thank you, Anastasia Suen - that was meant for me : Shrinking Violet Promotions.

This blog is for the introverted writer, and as the quote from Ursula Le Guin says in their sidebar : "Hardly anybody ever writes anything nice about introverts. Extroverts rule. This is rather odd when you realise that about nineteen writers out of twenty are introverts. We are being taught to be ashamed of not being 'outgoing'. But a writer's job is ingoing."

I'm in the process of discovering all the posts, but for anyone who might be interested, they are running a contest with a 1000 dollars grant for a SCBWI member to attend the Los Angeles conference in August. Good luck !

14 comments:

Janet Brown said...

Win the contest, Katia, and make a stop in Seattle so we can meet!

Katia said...

Oh, I do wish I could go to Seattle. I've never been there. But I'll be coming from New York - on the way back from Haiti, where we'll be visiting my husband's family for the first time in two years, so Seattle is not exactly on the way. Shanghai ! Mm. Here is an idea. Not exactly on my way either, but I know another writer there. BUT there are direct flights from Hyderabad to Bangkok, so who knows? I could go or you could come. Let's see, shall we? :)

Jo Ann von Haff said...

I have to check that one out ! I am so very afraid of becoming public ! But how can you not if you want to live (hopefully) out of writing ? :-|

Katia said...

Jo Ann, if you go on that blog, you'll see that you're not alone. Far from it. Actually, I remember reading somewhere that Françoise Sagan hated public appearances - if you remember, she stuttered slightly, and it was even worse when she was nervous. As for everything in life, I guess it's a matter of finding the balance that makes you most comfortable. But it's an interesting dilemma. We want the public exposure, but we prefer to stay in our bubble.

Sapna said...

Hi I just wanted to say how much I'm enjoying your blog - having only recently discovered it.

Katia said...

Sapna, what a kind thing to say ! Do you write, too? Thank you so much - for reading my blog, and also, for sharing this with me.

Janet Brown said...

Katia, if you're still in Hyderabad when I am finally in Bangkok, I'll find a way to get there for a quick chat. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to getting your book from Amazon and talking about it with whoever is close at hand and doing all I can to get it in at least one bookstore!
I think one of the solutions to the shrinking violet syndrome is to promote the writing of friends--so much easier than doing it for one's self.

Katia said...

What do you mean, a quick chat? Do you know how starved I am for real, live conversations with a fellow writer - and blogger? You should definitely visit. Hyderabad is a fascinating place and I'd be delighted to take you around. I don't tire of visiting the old city, Charminar, the Golconda fort, etc. I may then have to go to Bangkok, because I was there many years ago, loved it, and would be thrilled to go back. And I totally agree that we need to promote the writing of friends. Which brings me to my next question : when is your own book coming out?

Katia said...

Oups, the last comment was for you, Janet, and thank you so much for offering to talk about my book. I hope you like it. I'd love to hear your opinion, once you read it.

asuen said...

I'm so glad you liked the blog, Katia!

:-) Anastasia

Katia said...

Anastasia, thank you for visiting, and thank you for all the wonderful infos you manage to gather for us, writers. You should know that your name greets me practically each and every morning, when I open my mailbox :)

olivia said...

Merci katia pour votre blog si joyeux et intéressant ! Grâce à vous, je commence à avoir des petites images en tête et qq petites anecdotes de l'Inde où je pars vivre dans les semaines à venir à Mumbai.

Très bonne continuation et j'aurai grand plaisir à vous lire régulièrement en me sachant proche géographiquement de vous !

Olivia

Katia said...

Merci beaucoup, Olivia. Je vous souhaite une bonne installation en Inde, et j'espère que cette période de transition sera aussi fluide que possible - les transitions sont ce que je crains le plus, en général. Après, une fois qu'on est dans le bain, il suffit souvent d'ouvrir les yeux et d'adopter une attitude ouverte et tolérante. Une chose est sûre : on ne s'ennuie pas, en Inde. Bonne chance à Mumbai - où je n'ai pas encore eu la chance d'aller - et merci encore de me lire.

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