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Indie writers, don’t throw in the towel!

Mary B. Banks, Baltimore indie author, proudly holds her debut short story collection, Street Magic: Stories and Tales.

I have been working hard to promote Street Magic: Stories and Tales. To date, here’s my progress so far: Street Magic is at Atomic Books and Amazon.com. My next step is to get reviews for my book. I have received great feedback from two people, a classmate from the University of Baltimore and my former English teacher, and that makes me feel awesome! As a writer, I feel like when I write, I am writing in a dark room. I don’t know if people will love my work, hate it, talk crap about it, criticize it… So when people say that they actually enjoyed reading my book, well that’s icing on the cake. It makes me feel that my hard work paid off, that my countless hours of writing and designing the book weren’t done in vain, that I’m not delusional to think that I have something that people will not only read, but will pay to read. Before I started La Muse Press, I would have given my work away for free, because it’s not about the money, it’s about the art, but now I have to run a business; therefore, I need to make a profit. However, no dollar amount will ever compensate for the feeling you get when readers have kind, sincere words to say about your work–it’s an instant picker-upper. An espresso shot of confidence and reassurance. Always remember the best form of publicity and/or advertisement is WORD OF MOUTH. No dollar amount can pay for the natural buzz and momentum that surrounds a product when people enjoy a product so much that they HAVE to tell their family and friends. So, if you’re an emerging writer, please hang in there, because you never know if you might have a hit on your hands. Be honest with yourself and write every day. Your wish might come true. Keep dreaming and find ways to make your dreams become true one step at a time.

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the naked self

It is every writer’s dream to one day make The New York Times bestseller list and have your book selected for Oprah’s Book Club. With that said, what happens when there is such a demand for your work that people become interested in your diary entries? There are a lot of writers that have maintained personal journals: Alice Walker, John Cheever, and Virginia Woolf (just to name a few). To read another person’s diary is a chance to really see that person. You are viewing the self that isn’t shared with the public. I have kept a journal since I was fourteen years old (if you want to learn how I began to journal, click here). Sometimes, I ask myself the following question: Would I want the world to see my private thoughts? I don’t think so. However, what I do like about journaling is that you are writing down the history of your life. You are charting your evolution. Hindsight is 20/20. And maybe someone can learn from your mistakes. Maybe someone can become inspired.

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fellow writers, how you doin’?

Welcome to The Writing Zone! Initially, this website was created for a midterm project at the University of Baltimore, but when thinking about the assignment, I thought that this was a great way to promote my work as a writer to you, the world, my fellow comrades, my beautiful people…yes, I’m getting carried away. Not only will this be a place for my writing, this will be a place where we will discover the works of other writers, some known and others not as well-known (hey, I’m all about equal opportunity). I want you, the public, to feel that you are a member of this website, so if you read a blog that you want to comment on, then do it! In this blog, I will share my writing experiences with you, and please feel free to share your experiences, too. This website is about community, so let’s be kind and respectful of each other’s opinions. Now, sit back, relax…and join me for the literary ride!

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