When my editor first mentioned to me that Amazon had invited
me to guest blog for Omnivoracious, she explained it like this: Michael Pollan
was their first-ever guest blogger and now they want you! She sounded both
incredulous and pleased and maybe a little bit concerned about the folks at
Amazon central. Sure, this makes sense. We'll invite an
Why thank you, Amazon. I admire your sense of variety.
My problem is that I have no idea what to blog about. See, I write fiction, which for me means that whatever I have to say, I like to put in the form of a story. The story I'm going to tell you about today is my struggle with blogging and self-promotion.
The following is a fictionalized version of my conversation with my editor when she told me about Amazon's blog invitation:
Me: Oh that's great.
Editor: It's fabulous.
Me: What am I supposed to blog about?
Editor: Something related to the book.
Me: Like what?
Editor: Make sure it's funny.
The following is a fictionalized conversation with a friend whom I asked the same question:
Friend: Just read other writers' blogs and do what they do.
Me: Well, I just read Michael Pollan's blog and I really don't think copying him would be a good idea. Plus, it would require a lot of prep time.
And then a fictionalized conversation with a bartender:
Bartender: Write what you know, is how the saying goes, I believe.
Me: Could you be more specific?
Bartender: Trust your instincts.
Me: When does the next bartender start his shift?
If you're thinking I stopped there, I didn't. I asked all sorts of people--friends, relatives, hotel managers, valets (I'm currently on a book tour, so I have access to a wider variety of people).
The conclusion I came to was that I should ask you (you being whoever is kind enough to get this far in the blog). I have some vague ideas of what might make some interesting topics for the rest of the month, but I thought I'd put the question out there and see what happens.
But before I pass this responsibility on to you, let me tell you a little bit about myself.*
I am the author of The Spellman Files (now available in paperback!) and Curse of the Spellmans, the first and second books in a series that chronicles the lives of the Spellmans, a family of San Francisco-based private investigators. Before I wrote The Spellman Files, I spent a good ten years writing screenplays, working odd jobs, and waiting for my big break. Thirteen years after I wrote my first screenplay, I realized that my screenwriting career would never be and I made the very wise decision to write a novel.
Now let's say you've come upon this blog without any knowledge of me or the Spellman books. I'm going to provide a short list of potential blog topics. These are subjects I might have something to say about, but I won't know until I actually get to it:
- Writing screenplays vs. novels.
- What is a mystery?
- The experience of finding success after years of failure.
- My writing process.
- The book tour experience (AKA The dog and pony show).
So please vote for a topic or suggest a new one altogether. I leave the future of this blog in your hands. --Lisa Lutz
*Note: This is an actual bio, not a fictionalized one.
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