Erica Lucke Dean

"Making the world a better place, one book at a time."

in my pants

I have finally discovered the benefits of Twitter and I think I may need an intervention. 

One thing that has become abundantly clear to me over the past few weeks is how important self-promotion is to a writer.  Especially a writer trying to find an agent or publisher for a project.  This is a process that does not stop when your work in progress is finally finished.  In fact, that is just the beginning.  So how does one succeed in the world of publishing? 

Social networking!

While I realize this is just a small part of the process, it is nonetheless an important one.  A writer needs to build a following, make friends, and be interesting—all that in less than 140 characters!

Twitter seems to be the place to be for writers, publishers and agents alike.  It’s a cool club where everyone pops in and out throughout the day.   And I can be one of the cool kids…one of the witty ones at the lunch table causing milk to come out of noses. 

But there is one big problem…I can’t stop!

Tonight on Twitter the trending topic was a little game of adding “in my pants” to the end of movie titles.  It was addictive.  Think of the possibilities…Dirty Harry…Finding Nemo…Iron Man…yeah…in my pants! 

I think I may have spent more than three hours coming up with movie titles instead of working on my manuscript.  This is not helping my productivity!  I am in serious need of an intervention! 

All it took was another rejection letter to sober me up.  There aren’t enough hours in the day for “in your pants” fun when you have a manuscript that needs work.  So I’m up for a few more hours, and hopefully a few thousand well-chosen words before bed.  Monday morning will find me diving back in with a vengeance, because the road to success is paved with hard work, dedication, and maybe a few sprinkles of fairy dust for good measure!

Until the next time…I’ll be working my butt off…in my pants!

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