Welcome back! As I described in yesterday's blog post
, support from my friends and colleagues has been a vital part of my book-writing countdown. Yesterday, I shared how the 919 network lent itself to bringing my ideas to fruition, and today, I focus on the people who rolled up their sleeves and helped. Drumroll, please....
The Women Embracing Creativity Hall of Fame Inductees are:
Pat Howlett -
We all know that Pat can build online networks that add value to our lives, but did you know that he's a virtuoso idea polisher as well? When I share my ideas with Pat, he'll churn them in his brain for a second and they come out better. When you read the book, give a nod to Pat when you get to the Purple Velvet Rope Policy and anytime you see the word "guide". He also inspired me to write this series of posts.
Anora McGaha -
When I sit down with Anora, I have to make sure to have a pen and paper handy. Anora has an abundance of ideas about how to promote yourself (and your book), and shares them in a gentle and encouraging way. I once sat down with her after a seminar at Quail Ridge Books, and although we were there for maybe 25 minutes, I felt like I'd had a semester of valuable marketing lessons. Awesome!
Dave Baldwin -
Dave was the first person to interview me about my book, and wrote a nice article about how authorship has benefitted my business. I can see that he's a great ghostwriter, because even with this little article, he was more than willing to revise it until it captured the essence of Summerglen and Women Embracing Creativity. Dave also has a way with helping you see your work from a new perspective.
Barb Borkowski -
Barb has a gentle way of building you up and letting you know you're on the right track. For me, her encouragement always seemed to come when I was feeling less-than-confident about my book. She also helped me communicate with my cat Velvet, who didn't understand why I was at the computer so much (and not playing with him). Barb improved my relationships, both with my cat and my book!
Diogenes Ruiz -
Besides keeping my feet cozy during winter writing sessions with his Sierra Club Socks, Diogenes has been an enthusiastic supporter of the book and other Summerglen activities. On long projects, it can be easy to get discouraged. But Diogenes would pop by my page with a kind comment, or an invitation to get breakfast, and I would feel refreshed and ready to keep going.
Martin Brossman -
Martin is a generous guy; he says "What can I do to help you?" instead of "How can you benefit me?" In writing my book, sometimes it was tempting to think about the extra income, recognition, and Oprah appearances a book might bring. But seeing Martin in action helped me center my focus on what really mattered--helping women lead more happy and creative lives.
Jenna Forrest -
Jen organized a small group of 919ers to eat dinner one night a couple months back, and the group ended up being comprised of a bunch of published authors. I came into the restaurant with a rough draft, and thanks to Jen, I left after dinner with some concrete ideas on how to turn that draft into a published book.
Alice Osborn -
In addition to being involved with lots of helpful writing workshops and seminars around town, Alice has featured me in her newsletter and has given me some great insights into the world of writing. She also inspires me to get out there and network, something I need to be better about...
Sharon Galluzo, Art Mealer, Steve Hong, Carole Hoffman, Najah Wallace, and Michelle Courtney -
These folks commented on my Countdown to Launch blog posts. I love comments, so I'm grateful for these people who shared!
We've all heard that it takes a village to raise a child. Over the past few months, I've now realized the value of having a village to raise a book
as well. Thanks to these 919ers' sharing their expertise, I have been able to make something that can empower women all over the world to celebrate their creativity. Thank you, Hall of Famers; this is truly OUR book!