Mary Fran Bontempo

Mary Fran Bontempo

In keeping with Chrysa’s “sailing” theme, I’ve come to think of my two new author friends, Chrysa and Carmen, as lifeboats.

Writing is a solitary and sometimes lonely profession/career/hobby–whatever.  If you write, you spend lots of time alone, wandering around in your own head, which for me can be a very dangerous place.

And, I’ve found that writing, whether it be your book, an article, a blog or any number of things, is only half of the battle.  You get done your piece, you want to jump up and down and shout, “Look at me!  I’m a writer!” and then you realize that you need readers in order to complete the circle.

Talk about taking the wind out of your sails.  (Yes, still going with the theme.)  Once you write your masterpiece, you have to publish it and then market it.  That’s right.  Contrary to what you might secretly wish to believe, unless you’re J.K. Rowling, the likelyhood of  a) signing with a major publisher and  b) having said publisher launch you on (and pay for) a national book tour is slim to none.

Which is where my lifeboats come in.  Chrysa, Carmen and I have all battled our way to publication through various means.  We have different audiences, subject matter and styles.  But what we have in common is so much more.

We have shared information and leads on writing and publishing.  We’ve served as each other’s sounding boards for ideas and griping, both.  (And we’ve done our share of well-earned griping!)  Most important, we’ve been there for one another when looking at that blank computer screen just gets to be too much and we need a break.

So I hope that in some small way, we can be your lifeboats.  We’ve fought the good fight, won some, lost some, but ultimately, learned much, which we are only too happy to share.

Leave us your ideas, thoughts, questions and together, we can create a community of lifeboats to help navigate these tricky waters of writing, publishing and marketing.  A fleet of lifeboats.  Somehow, it feels the writing life just got a little less lonely.


  1. chrysasmith said,

    June 3, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    So true. In fact, today, unsuspectingly, my copyright finally appeared in the mail. Can you believe it? It’s dated November, 2007, which is when I applied. I guess I now formally, have government protection. It’s just good that I didn’t need it at a minute’s notice. Nice story. Carmen and Chrysa sound like lovely people.

  2. June 4, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    They are!

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