As an author do you have a resume?

As a writer do you think of resumes? I know I didn’t. And that was my way of thinking until I checked into submitting to local magazines in our area. The first thing out of their mouth was send us your resume. It has been years, and I mean years, since I have had to write one for myself. The time frame was when I graduated college.

The first thing I did was make a list and dates of what I had accomplished as an author. This is where having a social platform came in handle. I just had to go to the archives of my sites and see about the time certain events had occurred.

Besides having books out, short stories in anthology and stand alone stories I had more. I won a grant from our county art council, I gave a seminar at a conference on social media and I have written for a local magazine.

When I did the write up it looked better than I first anticipated. I will include my degrees for I worked too hard for them as well as the price obtaining the diplomas.

I have not found the right template yet to use. That is proving elusive to me. But my attitude to when I first was asked to produced one to now as I write it up has changed.

Even if you don’t need one right now it might be a good idea to start for the just in case moments. But not only that it is a good way to show off what you have accomplished in a professional way.

Advertisements

Updating your social platform: How long has it been?

I have preached here before on the importance of having an author’s platform which includes online and in real life. But how many do? How many feel it is a good idea but never get around to it? From my experience from the people in my writing circle in this area very few do regardless of the reasons.

But to the few that do how often do you go back and check your sites?I try to do a health check on my various sites every three months. Do I do it? No, not always. But it is a vital tool in your kit to not only have a platform but a healthy one.

You might not have updated your books. You might have a different bio that you are using now. You might not like the style or theme you are using and want a change. You just might want something different since it is a new year.

But that is not the only reason. If you don’t keep your platform healthy and active that can affect your presence. How many times have you gone to a site and see that it is outdated? Or worse that it has no new information to share with you? Perhaps you been to a site and see that links or videos are no longer working. Maybe there was a glitch in the system and your site now is not how you had it.

Yes, life has a way of getting in the way that can slow us down. My family just suffered a huge emotional lost and I have not been around. But as I made my rounds I fixed things here and there, spruce up other things and showed I was active.

It is time-consuming to go over all of our author’s platform but it is well worth it for you, your books and your brand.

Time why you punish me?

 

This is one of my favorite songs.

The years keep going faster it seems as time goes on. This has been something I been saying for a few years now. Well, one day I mentioned it to my mom and she said this. When you are younger you have so much time ahead of you. You are young and not thinking of time. You are thinking of school, marriage, work and friends But as you get older you have more years behind you than in front of you and that is when you notice that time is going by faster than ever before.

When she said this it just clicked. It made perfect sense once I heard it explained that way. And that is what it is. As we get older we pay more attention than ever before. As I round another decade a few years ago it seems the years are speeding.

We need to make good use of our time regardless of our age. And in the grand scheme of things we are really not on this planet a long time. When you think of the trees, land and various architecture around the world we are just a small drop in a big ocean. What we do during that span is up to us.

As we wait for Christmas and what it means to us and the New Year may it be a great season for you all. I’ll be back next year.

The lyrics:

Time why you punish me
Like a wave bashing into the shore
You wash away my dreams

Time why you walk away
Like a friend with somewhere to go
You left me crying

Can you teach me ’bout tomorrow
And all the pain and sorrow running free
‘Cause tomorrow’s just another day
And I don’t believe in time

Time I don’t understand
Children killing in the street
Dying for the color of red

Time there red and blue
Wash them in the ocean, make them clean
Maybe their mother won’t cry tonight

Can you teach me about tomorrow
And all the pain and sorrow running free
But tomorrow’s just another day
And I don’t believe in

Time is wasting time is walking
You ain’t no friend of mine
I don’t know where I’m goin’
I think I’m out of my mind
Thinking about time
And if I die tomorrow
Just lay…

Time is wasting time is walking
You ain’t no friend of mine
I don’t know where I’m goin’
I think I’m out of my mind
Thinking about time

Time you left me standing there
Like a tree growing all alone
The wind just stripped me bare
Stripped me bare

Time the past has come and gone
The future’s far away
And now only lasts for one second, one second

Can you teach me ’bout tomorrow
And all the pain and sorrow, running free
‘Cause tomorrow’s just another day
And I don’t believe in time

You ain’t no friend of mine
I don’t know where I’m goin’
I think I’m out of my mind

Walking, wasting
You ain’t no friend of mine
And I don’t know where I’m goin’
No don’t know

Time without courage
And time without fear
Is just wasted, wasted
Wasted time

Time why you punish me

Songwriters: Mark Bryan / Dean Felber / Darius Rucker / Jim Sonefeld

Time lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group