I began this blog a couple of months ago with the thought that I'd start a writing contest and give new and emerging writers a place to get exposure. I'm blessed to have a literary agent and have contacts with one or two others who were willing to help my project. It was a good idea and will probably continue in one form or another. If someone received attention from this blog which netted them an agent or a publishing deal I would be over-the-moon excited.
Then I thought I'd give some content as well. Bring the reader some interviews with well-known authors like Tess Gerritsen and Catherine Coulter. They were both gracious enough to allow me to interview them with my 5 questions segment.
Which one of these would bring more interest? Well, I'm surprised to say Tess Gerritsen and Catherine Coulter don't hold a candle to our own little online writing community. Both NY Times bestselling authors barely registered a blip on the comments while awards and blogs about "The Cure for Writers Block" drew serious interest. Maybe I shouldn't be surprised, look at what American Idol has done to us. Not that I've watched ten minutes of the program. I'm too much of a music fan.
So my conclusion is that people don't want simple information, we want emotion. I should know, I'm a writer who excels at the concept of showing, not telling. I barely describe my protagonist, but his gyrating adams apple speaks volumes. I will continue the contest and interviewing authors big and small, but I'll also be focussing on other more emotional issues. Like maybe why I turned down a print book deal to publish my novel as an E-Book first. Now there's a post waiting to happen.