Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Fear of Flooding By Morgan Mandel

While the monsoon season is upon us, I can't help but think about the similarities between nature and the author game.

With the summer storms, come rising water. Owners of property near the Fox River and the DesPlaines River in Illinois are anxiously sandbagging, some already experiencing flooding.

Mosquitos are hatching. West Nile Virus is a possibility, to some an actuallity. Yet the rains continue, with brief respites. While some people hope, others' hopes are already dashed.

Similar occurrences take place in the author game. With each day, new promotional opportunies arise. There are countless ways to get ourselves and our books known. Which are the best? Which are a waste of time? How many are too many? Or is that possible?

Can we maintain our existing websites and blogs, attend conferences, booksignings, do everything else to get known and still lead a normal life or will we drown from all the pressure?

Writing is not for the faint of heart. It's a game of sink or swim, where the fastest and strongest survive.

The waters are rising. Are you a good swimmer?

Morgan Mandel

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