Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Fledgling in Flight

Although I’m now a published author, I still feel like a fledgling. I only have one book out, Kindred of the Fallen, with the sequel, Protector of the Flame, soon to release in October. Yet I’m still learning so much about the industry.

I haven’t gone to any writer conferences, but would like to attend one or two in 2014. How to do face-to-face networking at those conferences is still a question I haven’t answered.

Developing my online network is a work in progress. However, every break I take from blogging, tweeting and Facebook puts me even more behind the curve. I’ve also only skimmed the surface of Goodreads. I don’t fret over this too much because my number one priority is my family, no matter what. With an active toddler and another bundle of love due on Thanksgiving (ah yes, the beautiful product of our family vacation in Puerto Rico), sometimes blogging and other online activity has to be put on hold.  

In addition to learning more about the industry and building my networking connections, it’s important to make time to learn more about my craft. When I was actively in the military, professional development was critical to advancement and becoming an expert in your field. The same can be applied to many other careers, especially writing. Sharpening my writing skills will only pay dividends in the future.

Are you feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list? If so, how do you cope? For those writers out there, do you think you’ve mastered all you need to know in this field? Are there any areas where you want to learn more?

Thanks Alex J. Cavanaugh for another month of IWSG.