Eleven Steps to becoming a successful writer–it all Starts in the Morning

Sometimes I read posts from authors I’ve never heard of on How to Become a Successful Writer. Makes you wonder, right? So, I decided to write my own steps-to-successpost. As with many of the authors I’ve never heard of, maybe you’ve never heard of me either. No matter. I still wrote one and now, if you decide to read this, you will have to suffer through it along with the other three people who…

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Eleven Steps to becoming a successful writer–it all Starts in the Morning

Sometimes I read posts from authors I’ve never heard of on How to Become a Successful Writer. Makes you wonder, right? So, I decided to write my own steps-to-success post. As with many of the authors I’ve never heard of, maybe you’ve never heard of me either. No matter. I still wrote one and now, if you decide to read this, you will have to suffer through it along with the other three people who decided to read this post. 🙂

So, here are my eleven steps to becoming a successful writer. It all starts in the morning. If you do what I do, you will become a successful writer too. You would be happy. I would be happy. Wouldn’t we all live in an awesome world?

First, wake up.

Second, Thank God you’re still alive and push away the cat from under your arm. Shove the other one off your stomach. Pull your feet out from under the dog.

Third, turn over to look at the clock. If it’s early, slip on your cozy boots, your sweater, flip on the light to a dim setting, lift the dog off the beg and make the other dog get down on her own–she’s such a wimp (sort of like the one you’re carrying right now). If it’s late still slip on your boots but do it crazy-like, losing your balance, grumbling and scaring all of the animals who are watching you stumbling about.

Four, traverse downstairs to let the dogs go “pee-pee-poo-poo outside!”

Five, throw on a coat that looks like something out of a Salvation Army bin from the 1960’s, add a knobby scarf for style and warm gloves. A woollen hat really adds to the look.

Six, go to the deer shed and scoop out three large bowls of pellets, corn and grain mix. Don’t forget to say “hello” to the deer there waiting for your arrival. They won’t answer back but, really, it is common courtesy to acknowledge someone’s presence.

Seven, call the deer… “Oh dear! My dear!” for the other deer who haven’t yet arrived. Call them as you toss food beneath the Doug fir, the oak tree, the Hawthorne out in the pasture and also toss some into a pile near the barn.

Eight, walk gingerly past a flock of mallards called the Quackenbushes who steal the deer food out from under deer feet.

Nine, stow your bowl and scoop back into the deer shed and gaze out at your good work–at the herd of fifteen (or so) nibbling their food. And the ducks. We mustn’t ignore the ducks.

Ten, come back inside for time with your morning brew and Bible, be it tea or coffee–the brew, that is. Not the Bible.

Eleven, start writing.

There you have it. How to become a successful novelist. Hope these steps work for you too. Best wishes! ~Susan.

I write books.

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Special Broadcast! When Scott Turow Speaks with Susan Wingate on Radio Program, Dialogue-Between the Lines

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Special Broadcast! When Scott Turow Speaks with Susan Wingate on Radio Program, Dialogue-Between the Lines

I’m so stoked to host Scott Turow in an author interview tomorrow on Dialogue. Mr. Turow became instantly popular when his famous PRESUMED INNOCENT hit the shelves in 1987. Since then, Scott Turow has been one of my long-time favorite authors so I’m nearly giddy about this show. I hope I don’t come off like a groupie but chances are high that I will. So be it.

Below is the bio of Mr. Scott Turow but for those who wish, his website is www.scottturow.com.

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Scott Turow is a writer and attorney. He is the author of nine best-selling works of fiction, including his first novel Presumed Innocent and its sequel, Innocent (2010). His works of non-fiction include One L (1977) about his experience as a law student, and Ultimate Punishment (2003), a reflection on the death penalty. He frequently contributes to publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Playboy and The Atlantic. Mr. Turow’s books have won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize in 2003 for Reversible Errors, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 2004 for Ultimate Punishment and Time Magazine’s Best Work of Fiction, 1999 for Personal Injuries. His books have been translated into more than 25 languages, sold more than 30 million copies world-wide and have been adapted into a full length film and two television miniseries.

ScottTurow-Identical-CoverAdditionally, he performs with the Rock Bottom Remainders, a musical group of best seller authors raising funds for various literacy charities. As Dave Barry puts it: “We play music about as well as Metallica writes novels.”

Mr. Turow has three adult children. He lives outside Chicago.

His latest novel, IDENTICAL is now available and is a wonderful addition to his other titles. Written in perfect Scott Turow style, readers of great mysteries will want to buy this book.

You can purchase his book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all brick and mortar bookstores around the country.

Please join me live as I speak with Mr. Scott Turow tomorrow, Monday, November 18, 2013 at the link below.

The Time? 10 a.m. Pacific Std Time (1 p.m. EST) or you can listen to the podcast anytime after the show airs.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsontheairbookstoo/2013/11/18/scott-turow-on-dialogue-with-host-susan-wingate

THIS IS A COPYRIGHTED PODCAST OWNED BY THE AUTHORS ON THE AIR GLOBAL RADIO NETWORK LLC AND PRODUCED BY PAM STACK.

Promo & Marketing for Writers: A Podcast Interview with “The Success Design”

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Promo & Marketing for Writers: A Podcast Interview with “The Success Design”

BethShankleAnderson-TheSuccessDesignYesterday, I was interviewed by the nationally-syndicated podcast radio show called “The Success Design” with host, Beth Shankle-Anderson. Beth is a lawyer by day, an educator by night and a radio host by love.

She chats with all sorts of personalities about success and how we achieve success. She also chats about how we interpret the word “success.” Such a slippery idea.

Most people think of success in terms of money and how much they are making. Others, in terms of happiness. Between these two ideas, is a vast continuum that cleaves a gorge as wide and as diverse as the people who think about success.

For this author, however, success means many things. For instance, if I wake up in the morning… SUCCESS! If one of my fourteen cats doesn’t hurl up a glob of some brown pile with bits of food in it… SUCCESS! 

Seriously, though, for work success means one thing and for family life and relationships it means an entirely different thing. And, for my spiritual path? Quite another.

When I chat with other people “out there” during these interviews, I usually talk about my successes as an author. There have been many through books sales, awards, and rankings. That’s what people “out there” see. That’s my persona. They don’t see how many rejection letters I’ve accumulated or the frustrations I experience as career has unfolded through this publishing industry. The public sees me as a successful author with several books written and one who sells books and is making a living at it.

All these things are true but I still have goals to reach. I still have desires about the progress of my career. Do these goals and desires weigh me down thinking about them? Hell no! My belief anchors me onto today, not tomorrow. And my husband and my family (dogs, cats, birds and children alike), keep me grounded and focused on what is really important in life.

These latter things make me a success. Everything else is fleeting.

So, what does success mean to you?

If you wish to listen to my interview with Beth Shankle-Anderson on “The Success Design,” pop on over to: http://bit.ly/168Z0NY

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Podcast Radio Show “Dialogue: Between the Lines”–A Promotional Platform for Fiction Authors–Joins the Global Syndication of “Authors on the Air”

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Podcast Radio Show “Dialogue: Between the Lines”–A Promotional Platform for Fiction Authors–Joins the Global Syndication of “Authors on the Air”

dialogue-NEW-LOGO-thumbnailPam Stack, Authors On the Air, contacted me last week about Dialogue, my podcast radio show on BlogTalkRadio. She emailed me after I sent out a message announcing to my followers that celebrity romance author, Debbie Macomber was going to appear on the show this October 31st. You can click on this sentence to view Debbie’s upcoming show.

Dialogue will never charge its guests to be on the show!

authors-on-the-airPam is the owner and producer of Authors on the Air, a global radio podcast show of global syndication intended as a promotional platform for authors, fiction and nonfiction alike. With nearly 2,000,000 listeners, she had little trouble convincing me to bring Dialogue into the fold.

Why might I decide to take this step? The answer lies in why I created Dialogue in the first place.

The Podcast, Dialogue, was Created As A Promotional Platform for Fiction Authors & Their Books

In 2010, after seeing an unfair number of radio programs that charged fiction author guests for promotional spots, I decided to take the plunge into DJ Land and host a podcast radio show myself. One that would never charge its guests. The show was an immediate success.

With a focus on fiction authors only, this move to global syndication gives each guest added exposure, in exponential terms.

So, there you have it. A little good news for Dialogue and for its fiction guest authors. Onward and upward!

Authors on the Air Global Network is run by the production team of Pam Stack and Mack Meijers.

Susan’s Story – A Book Full of Chapters

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Susan’s Story – A Book Full of Chapters

Over the next few months of Tuesdays you will get my life’s story and other laughable events. As if you don’t have anything more to do than to read about me. I got silly and made up several colorful chapter-by-chapter images that I compiled into an ePamphlet.

These chapters are not a day-to-day account of my life. Instead, they are snippets in my life, each one an important part of my growth as an author. Although expert in lay-out and graphic style (Pfft!), each “cartoon” is meant tongue-in-cheek and more for your amusement than to really understand the person behind the author. To which I say, I’m sorry. Although I don’t really feel sorry because I enjoyed making each segment, giggling all the while.

So, from last Tuesday’s “Chapter One,” you get now “Chapter Two” in the Susan’s Story series. Again, let me say “Thank you” now instead of later because you most likely won’t come back for Chapter Three. Well, not if you have any sort of life, that is.

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So, there you have another one. Disappointed? Yeah. I would be too.

Again, Chapter Three is a close first in excitement value to this one, with yet more moments of yawn thrown in to keep you wondering what sort of life I had in the first place.

If you made it down to HERE… wow. Instead of thanking you, I sort of feel like an apology is in order.

Tomorrow’s post for Other Author Wednesday will be Daphne Kalotay. You can learn more about Daphne at her website: www.daphnekalotay.com.

Daphne’s book is “Sight Reading” of which you’ll find out more tomorrow.

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To read Chapter One of “Susan’s Story” again CLICK HERE

To read “Black Beauty” again, CLICK HERE