The target on your back

As a storyteller (novels, screenplays, etc.) you have to realize there is a great big target on your back.

You’ve worked hard to create your story and people know you want to be published or produced or recorded or otherwise honored for your work.

Remember that target on your back because there are people out there who will tell you they can make the magic happen … if only you will give them some money.

Take editing as an example. If you write novels your work has to be edited before you let the world see it. Well, it doesn’t have to be but it’s not a good career move to ignore editing.  Counting on your word processing software to take care of things is not going to cut it.

If you have a good editor among your family or friends, great. An editor! Not someone who will read a story and tell you that YOU are wonderful but someone who can fix your mistakes and point out problems in your story. There are different kinds of editors but I’ll save that for another post.

If you don’t have an editor readily accessible, then you may have to look at hiring someone. That’s when you want to remember that target on your back.

Here’s a post from the Writer Beware blog that you should read.

How do freelance editors get paid?” by Victoria Strauss

If you are a storyteller I would encourage you to check out the Writer Beware website and to follow their blog and get on their mailing list for alerts.

Be aware of that target on your back then get back to storytelling!


Are labels helping you?

I have a storyteller I’d like you to listen to. Robert McGowan is speaking to a group of people from his company but his message about labels is of value to all of us.  I would encourage you to pay particular attention to how he uses stories from his life to make the key points in his talk.

Stories matter and they are a valuable tool for the storyteller.

The talk is about 20 minutes in length and well worth your time both for what he has to share and how he shares it.  And one more thing … I’d like to know if you can watch this and not cry.

MFRMtv BEDTalks16 Robert McGowan

NOTE:  Robert McGowan is my son-in-law.

The Outer Rims … A Kindle Monthly Deal for March

Amazon is promoting The Outer Rims this month in their Kindle Monthly Deals.  Regularly priced at $4.99 you may pick up the Kindle version of the book for only $1.99 this month.

If you would like to read the start of the book just click on the cover image below and you’ll be taken to the Amazon site where you can read a preview.

And if you like the start of the book consider buying it so you can read the entire story.

That will make at least one of us very happy!


Review: “The Finest Hours”

Ever since I saw the previews of “The Finest Hours” I’ve been waiting for the movie.

Yesterday I saw it.

It was definitely worth the wait.

Based on a true story of a Coast Guard rescue attempt the movie takes full advantage of the special effects skills of the movie makers.  If you are into thrillers that also inspire I think you will love this movie.

I don’t recommend a lot of movies but I recommend this one.

Trailer #1

Trailer #2

“You got about 5 seconds!”