Elizabeth Arroyo is bursting with good advice!
To help promote her wonderful debut novel,
THE SECOND SIGN,
she has written a brilliant guest post on COMMUNITY RESOURCE SHARING - where we pool our resources for a common goal! Sounds excellent to me!
I wanted to talk a little bit about community resource sharing. The blogosphere has captured that pretty well. We have groups like Writers4Writers, Tara's brilliant idea about writers coming together to help organize physical events in the community, and all the wonderful bloggers willing to give a helping hand to other writers. We seem to "get" the power of sharing.
Here's a list of why it works so well and what to think about if you decide to organize a network.
- Common Goals. Readers: writers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, etc. When designing a group find the common goals that link everyone. When it comes to books, we are all readers. Love of a good book and making that available to readers are our common goals.
- Stretching your resources. When planning an event start brainstorming everyone that needs to be around the table. Form a list of major contributors and what they can gain from and what they can provide by being part of your network.
- Don't do it alone. Networks should have a round table atmosphere. Everyone participates, no one leads. Yes, you have to have that one person who organizes everyone else, but that person should not, let's say that again, That Person Should Not be made to carry the bulk of the responsibilities nor rule with a sword. A pen, yes. No sword. Organization is key and a strong coordinator. I handled this by "volunteering" folks to do things they suggested.
"Wouldn't it be a great idea if we took a shuttle to the moon," says participant number 1
"Yes, it would," says I. "Why don't you see who would fund something like that?"
Participant one scratches her head and nods. Hook, Line and Sinker.
- Have clear, concise goals and expectations.
- And...have fun! Get to know each other. Do fun things. Hopefully, the network will prosper and be called family.
Elizabeth has worked in the community for the bulk of her professional career. She enjoys quiet moments, action flicks, and dancing with her four-year-old. THE SECOND SIGN is her debut novel. You can find more information about Elizabeth at:
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THE SECOND SIGN
Sapphire Star Publishing
When a demon guardian comes to collect seventeen-year-old Gabby’s soul, she refuses to give it up. She’s not demon. She can’t be. Her father and twin brother are angels. The demon gives Gabby twenty-four hours to decide her allegiance, and then starts killing her short list of friends, leaving a message behind: She is the Second Sign.
As Gabby and Jake—her almost boyfriend—begin to unravel the mystery behind the Second Sign, she learns Jake may be the key to saving her soul. But it means a sacrifice has to be made that will change their lives forever.