My dream for many years has been to offer information and assistance online to aspiring authors. I was very active with this in Arizona, where I gave workshops, classes, and presentations and worked one-on-one with beginning writers. Because of a change in my situation, I’ve had to turn to online options.
For low-tech me, the learning curve for the technology involved has been an obstacle. So has the time expended in teaching my online college classes. Unfortunately (fortunately?) the second reason has been removed. Due to low enrollments in community colleges, I unexpectedly found myself without work this fall.
Good news! More time to work on launching my business. J
My number one priority is setting up my WordsAreForever.com site. (So far it has a “Coming Soon” message.) My other sites, AuthorsApprenticeship.com and JeanetteChaplin.com are also in serious need of attention.
My ultimate goal is to develop online courses for aspiring authors and self-publishers. And, of course, deciding where I’m going to find these budding writers. Much as I love interacting with my friends on Facebook, I know I need to look at other social media platforms to find the people who would benefit from what I have to offer. At this point, I still don’t “get” Twitter. Do they offer a degree in it? Can I make it work for me?
I’ll still be offering manuscript critiques and editing for a limited time, but eventually I expect to offer group mentoring and set up a community of writers for critique groups and mutual support and encouragement.
Depending on demand, I’ll be instructing writers in various stages of the writing adventure. I envision offering help from getting ideas and writing the first draft to polishing writing projects. We’ll explore the publishing industry and learn what’s involved in finding markets, submitting to agents and publishers, or entering the digital world of self-publishing with print, digital, and audio books.
My big plans for 2017? In January I’ll be launching the first of my online courses. Tentative title: “I Have a Draft! Now What?”