Market Hunting

Earlier this week, I checked some of my reliable venues for the summer only to find one that decided not to hold events this year due to health reasons. Good thing I started researching new opportunities this spring. A few phone calls later and I have a new spot this year. I’m excited and nervous at the same time as I look at my tubs with glazed eyes.

Everyone fears the sound crickets and everyone who’s done events has experienced them all. My old reliable was good for some extra money and time to test market new creations. I’m starting over with a new crowd and I don’t know how it’s going to go. I tell myself to be brave and just create for fun. Then, I’m going to blast out to friends and family and hope that some of them aren’t out of town to come visit me.

Now, the only that needs to hold up is the weather, and I say that with my fingers crossed this year. If you see shorter posts toward the end of each month, it’s because I’m busy creating and hand crafting. I’m hoping to sneak in a few new characters and develop some old ones for some of my children’s books. The great thing about having more than one interest in life is that if there are lulls, I can get some writing in. I’m a different kind of recycler. I leave no idea or time creating to waste.

I might not get a novel cranked out because I’m busy selling handmade sculptures, books, and art but I can try out some prompts while crowds stop and chat. I might even get to meet a few characters, and my notebook will be handy.

One good thing to come out of booking myself, feeling the pressure, and having late nights is that I have a goal. I can’t sit there with an empty table. Having an event pushes you to get something done. I’ve learned that I need real deadlines that I can’t change because life gets in the way. Yes, it should know better than to step in front of me but it’s just as stubborn as I am.

I guess I could get someone to be my writing coach or agent to hold me to my writing deadlines. Putting myself on assignment with publishers breathing down my neck for a new page might get that novel finished. That’s your prompt for today. Think of a way to hold yourself to your deadlines. Pay someone if you have to.

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~Yoon Ju

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I’m an author in Minnesota who started out writing and illustrating Children’s books. I’ve published poetry and adult Romance Novels. I created my website and social media to reach out to other writers because the process can be lonely. I wanted to reach out to readers, writers, and those with a dream of finishing “that” novel. I share the advice of other writers and the tools I use to create my stories.

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