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“Reading and writing are acts of empathy and faith. Guard that trust carefully — in this rapidly changing business, it’s the only sure thing.” ~Erin Keane
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it."
~Jesse Stuart

"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Changes Coming to the Mountain

I'm approaching my fourth year blogging here on Coming Down the Mountain. Yay! In that time I've evolved as a writer (yay again!) and my blog has naturally evolved to reflect my own journey.

This year marks my transition to managing editor at WiDo Publishing, a job that I absolutely embrace. As a result, I've posted more about the publishing business. These have gotten the most views and shares. Probably because most of my followers are writers.

It's kind of old news that I am a writer with books coming out. How many times can one say this on one's blog before it gets tiresome?

It's time to utilize my author website at karenjonesgowen.com for my writer blog, for information on my books, while here I'll focus solely on publishing information. To reflect that, the title is now Coming Down the Mountain: An Editor's Blog.

I hope that anyone who is most interested in my writer posts-- those that reflect my interests in family, food, relationships and random other topics-- will visit my author website.

And those who are writing, publishing, marketing, and completely immersed in the writer world on social media and the publishing industry, I hope will continue to check out my posts here on these topics.

And while I'm at it, are there any subjects in particular on the publishing industry that you would like to see me address here? If so, please let me know!

24 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing these great topics here. As a writer, I'm off to read some of your archives ;) Happy Autumn

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    1. Jenna, Glad to hear this comment about archives because it will help me remember to add appropriate tags to each post. I get lax about doing that sometimes!

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  2. I just checked out your other site. It's pretty. :)

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  3. Dear Karen, I'm grateful to you for continuing this blog and concentrating on publishing. I would so like to read more about how to publicize one's books when they are self-published or published by a small publisher/independent publisher. I will go to your other blog--the one on writing--because I have concluded that writing itself is the bread that gives sustenance. Being published is simply the butter we might or might not be able to spread on that bread. Writing is the joy. Being published is the rivulet that carried that joy to readers.

    Writers, I think, want to communicate and so they long to have their work read. But this getting published is difficult and so any help you can give along those lines will be greatly appreciated. And thank you, once again, for asking me to guest post. That was so kind of you. Peace.

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    1. Dee, I appreciate your feedback and will most definitely post about the process of getting published. Many of my followers can add to the discussion as well, as there are all varieties-- agented, small press, self-publishing-- and with varying degrees of success along the way. I'm convinced that there is no one right way to publication just like there's not only one way to sell books. And most writers have more than one book in them, which means we should be open to the experience.

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  4. Awww just clicked over to your new blog! Lovely!!

    Four years?!?! Really?! That's so amazing! Take care
    x

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  5. Four years is a great milestone to reach, Karen!

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  6. Woot! Four years is awesome. Isn't it funny how our blogs evolve with us? I love all your topics and look forward to whatever you come up with.

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    1. Charity, I like how blogs can be made to fit the person, and reflect our passions and personalities!

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  7. Congratulations of the fourth year of blogging! And congrats on becoming the managing editor of WiDo. I think the changes you're planning will make sense to your adapting lifestyle and I look forward to the posts!

    Jai

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  8. It's wonderful, how blogs take on a life of their own and evolve as our writing and our thinking changes. So I'll be cheering from the sidelines, whatever shape this takes in the future.

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  9. I've always found your blog to be a mine of information. Whatever you do, you'll be a success at it.

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  10. You always post good stuff! Funny how our blogs change over time, isn't it?

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  11. Mine shifted to a similar topic. Fortunately my next book ties into that theme.

    Scary to think how long we've been blogging. I've been at it for over 7 & 1/2 years now.

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    1. Diane, And whenever you post on your expertise of publishing and marketing books, I am there. I will buy your new book for that very reason. Of course I like your weekend sillies too :)

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  12. Thanks so much for all the encouragement and support. I truly appreciate it-- it helps me feel like this change will be a positive one with friends like all of you!

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  13. Yep, I shall follow over there too! Keep up the good work.

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  14. Sounds like a good plan to me. An evolving blog tends to be more interesting than one that merely rehashes themes.

    Lee
    A Faraway View

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  15. It sounds like you are moving in fun directions! Congrats on being Managing Editor as well - fantastic news. And publishing topics will always be of interest, especially as you have a foot in both camps. Your writer website is lovely.

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  16. Hi Karen - that's great that you've rationalised your life a little - both blogs sound wonderful and I shall follow them happily - no doubt be tapping your brain at some stage ..

    You've had a great four years .. and championed so many and so much - yet keeping your own life going ...

    Congratulations so far - and very good luck for the future - cheers Hilary

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  17. Well done over four years. I hope the next ones are exciting and productive.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  18. I shall read the posts at the website but keep up with this one here too.

    Congratulations on all the new things happening since the past four years! And may the future be as good!

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  19. I look forward to what you have to say! Even though I'm not blogging, I will be visiting!

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