I'm working on getting out there to sign books and talk about writing, what to do with a manuscript, querying, and all the stuff that gets something from 'I got an idea' to a book.
I'm a member of the New Jersey Authors Network. Jon Gibbs and others contact libraries and keep the rest of the group aware of upcoming opportunities to speak about their experience and maybe tell some war stories, but also to offer advice.
When I first tried National Novel Writing Month, I didn't have a project plan all laid out regarding what I actually did. I thought that step 1 was get an agent or publisher, then changed my mind when I found out more about the length of time between acceptance and 'on the shelf'. Also, I don't mind edits, changes, or rewrites, yet I don't want the story molded to the formula because the formula worked for Best Seller Girl. And see, I was ahead of the curve with a New Adult heroine, rather than de-aging Vanna to a teenager. I could be foaming at the mouth now being asked to age her back up to New Adult today.
While there, I could also learn from my fellow panelists. Publishing is changing at a rapid pace.
So I'm adding a tab up on the top for a calendar of appearances.