In The Future There Will Be Prizes
If I took the amount of money I make from this blog and divided it by the number of hours I spend writing, promoting, and developing content for it, my hourly rate would make a grown man with dacryostenosis cry.
Yet I keep plugging away. In the next six months, you can expect to see some wicked-cool stuff popping up here. Mostly because I love blogging, and I love my readers.
But You Said Prizes
Yeah, I did. In the last two weeks I’ve spent countless hours preparing for my biggest event to date, Writers’ Week.
If you’ve never hosted an event of this size, you might not realize just what’s required. Stuff like creating ad price sheets, FAQs, ad and prize submission forms; integrating online payments for ad purchases; soliciting advertisers and prize donors (there’s still time to advertise, by the way); drafting contest details; planning the editorial calendar; writing, researching and proofing posts; begging my writer colleagues to share their tips with my Writers’ Week audience; and lying awake nights wondering what I’ve left out.
The big Writers’ Week announcement for contest participants and readers doesn’t officially roll out until Monday, but here’s a sneak peak at what’s coming to Suess’s Pieces one glorious week in September:
- A huge writing contest. HUGE, I say! To date, prizes donated by sponsors include $175 in Amazon.com gifts cards, T-shirts, books, e-Books, and professional graphic design services.
- A full week of posts for writers and aspiring writers including advice from professional writers, online resource compilations and other goodies.
- The opportunity to connect with other writers through link-ups and #writersweek chatter on Twitter.
A new tagline is on the horizon.
Then I will also be commissioning a professional logo for Suess’s Pieces. I hope you will all ooh and ahh with me at the official unveiling, which is TBA.
In a nutshell, what I hope to do with this blog in the next six months to a year is build a community for writers and readers by publishing a variety of entertaining and informative content from book reviews and guest posts to diary entries and articles.
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