- by Jenny Hansen
As the March blog mistress here at WITS, I'm taking a page out of my personal blog's playbook and marking the beginning of Spring with a celebration of you.
You're going to get the chance to come out and play in the comments section today.
[Hey! I saw all you introverts go diving under your desks. You can come out now.]
Let me explain...
We're doing what I call "Pimp & Promote." We try to do this once every few months at More Cowbell and it's a habit I originally picked up from Chuck Wendig.
Note: if Chuck's name is unfamiliar, you are seriously missing out.
For those who are new at this…Pimp and Promote means you go down to the comments section and:
1. Promote: share one thing that you’re proud of (i.e. a new book, an idea, a blog).
2. Pimp: Do the same for someone else whose work has lit you on fire this week.
I'll get this party started with a quick PROMOTE of Susan Spann, one of our monthly contributors here at WITS. Susan has been sharing her experience as a legal expert in intellectual property, business and publishing contracts with all of us here at WITS for several months and we are grateful.
Not only is Susan the author of the Shinobi mystery novel, Claws of the Cat, coming in July from St. Martin's Press, she is also a literary attorney and a strong champion of author rights.
I've learned a ton from both her Author Business Plan series and her Publishing Decisions series. Plus, I attended her seminars on author contracts at last month's WANACon. When I need to have a publishing contract of any type looked at, Susan will be my go-to gal.
For my PIMP, I'm going to give a shout out to 4 amazing bloggers and one writing contest that have made me happy this week.
Below is a post from each of these rockstars:
- Cate Russell-Cole - Writing Rocket Fuel: Writer's Markets
- Marcy Kennedy - 3 Things Writers Need To Understand About Designing EBooks
- Kristen Lamb - How Being Tired Can Make You a Better Writer (Oh, thank God!!)
- Gene Lempp - Gene's Writing Resources make me want to genuflect every Saturday
- The Judy Blume Voices competition from the West Coast Posse
A note about the Judy Blume Voices competition:
The Judy Blume Project aims to become an anthology of moments and memories of the many people on whom Judy Blume had an impact growing up. Good or bad, touching or funny: WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR VOICES!!
Write about what Judy Blume meant to you, either when you were navigating the turbulence of adolescence, or stories about your own kids (catch any of them reading Forever??). Don't be shy, and please don't feel like you have to be a writer to submit.
WITS wouldn't be what it is without all of you and this post is our small way of letting you know how much we appreciate your readership. Y'all rock our world.
Now it's your turn to try this "Pimp and Promote" business!
Feeling a little woozy at the idea of putting yourself out there? Here...take one more sniff of your flowers...
Don't be shy if you're new at this. We'll hold your hand...and approve your comments. You are encouraged to oooh and aaaah over each other's links and then pimp a little more. 🙂
On your mark: You, comments, go...Pimp and Promote!
About Jenny Hansen
Jenny fills her nights with humor: writing memoir, women’s fiction, chick lit, short stories (and chasing after the newly walking Baby Girl). By day, she provides training and social media marketing for an accounting firm. After 15 years as a corporate software trainer, she’s digging this sit down and write thing.
When she’s not at her blog, More Cowbell, Jenny can be found on Twitter at jhansenwrites and here at Writers In The Storm. Every Saturday, she writes the Risky Baby Business posts at More Cowbell, a series that focuses on babies, new parents and high-risk pregnancy.