Photography leads to novels
Artist turns writer
My online writing experience began when I started a personal blog to support my photography business. [My legions of fans on Hubpages will likely remember an article I wrote titled, "My Hobby Turned into a Business." [Please see the "Related Links" capsule below.]
Then I discovered Blogcritics.org and began writing reviews at their site. I reviewed movies, books, music CD's, and occasionally submitted an essay about a particular topic. That led to more reviews at their sister site, Technorati.com. Finally, my writing has ended up at Examiner.com where I submit articles as both the Charlotte and National History Examiner.
Then, a year or so ago, a long time friend and retired newspaper reporter and magazine editor started up a website for independent authors. He enjoyed reading many of my blogs and reviews and suggested I try my hand at writing a novel.
One thing led to another and after eighteen months, with his mentoring and guidance, we published my first novel, The Tourist Killer.
You may have noticed, the plurality in the title. I'm now working on my second novel, The Presidents Club. It continues the adventures of several characters introduced in the first book, namely John Hixon and Julian Thibaut.
Working with a rookie can be challenging!
To clear up that title, let me remind readers that it is I who was the rookie in the novel writing business, not my editor/publisher.
After The Tourist Killer finally made it to print and hit the listings at Amazon.com, my friend/editor/publisher wrote a blog to point out just how challenging the process was from his point of view.
I have promised to write a similar blog and will do so eventually. Currently, my efforts in marketing my book have taken priority over my blogging. I can say with no reservations, that writing a novel is much different than writing a blog.
His article can be found in the "LINKS" section listed below: "When an Artist Gives Birth to a Novel."
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- Movie music unites baby boomers - National History | Examiner.com
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- Chip Etier - Examiner.com Member Profile | Examiner.com
Chip Etier's member profile page on Examiner.com - the Web's leading source for local news from local insiders. Please check out my articles here. I no longer write for either Technorati nor Blogcritics.
- My Hobby Turned into a Business
Previous article on Hubpages.
- When an Artist Gives Birth to a Novel | Venture Galleries
My editor/publisher's thoughts on dealing with a photographer as he morphs into a novelist.