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Alot of famous quotes moan about why writing is such a solitary occupation. About writers bleeding at the typewriter, with only a bottle of gin as company.
Thanks to social media, however, this is hardly the picture of the modern writer.
Most writers use Twitter, Facebook, and even Goodreads to connect with other writers as well as readers. I’ve “met” an amazing variety of folks this way and although they may be far away, their energy and enthusiasm has been contagious.
You Meet The Nicest People Online
Here are three virtual friends I’d like to introduce you to:
Khaled Talib is a Singapore-based writer who just published SMOKESCREEN, an espionage thriller. Here’s his Amazon author page. His previous book A LITTLE BOOK OF MUSES is a great morale-boosting little volume of writing encouragement and his PR approach to SMOKESCREEN’s launch has given me many ideas for launching the next Emilia Cruz novel, DIABLO NIGHTS.
Sharon Lee Johnson is an amazingly prolific US writer with several series, including the Zombie Zoo and Me vs Zombies series. She also has written several inspirational books. Here’s her Amazon author page. Sharon is partnering with me on the 2014 fundraiser for water.org. She’s got an amazing work ethic and will really make a difference.
Norm Hamilton is a Canadian writer whose new book FROM THINE OWN WELL, is a real environmental call to action. Norm has an amazing eye for detail. He found elusive typos in my books, which helped to improve the experience for my readers. Here is his Amazon author page.
Give and Ye Shall Receive
In 2014 I will give back for the growing success I’ve had as an author. Having lived in places where we could not take clean water for granted, I wanted to make water a priority.
In 2014 I’ll be donating a dollar to water.org for each of my books sold for the Kindle on Amazon. Other authors, such as Sharon, have pledged to a portion of their sales as well and I’ll be introducing them when their fundraising efforts take place. Watch this space throughout the year to see how much we can raise.
For every $25 that we raise, Water.org can give someone access to safe water for life. Co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, Water.org has been helping people develop sustainable solutions for more than 20 years. Together, we can change lives with safe water.
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