Once upon a time I was in the right place at the right time. I was paid $100 and 10 contributors copies for an article I wrote for Buckmasters magazine (yeah, Buckmasters...like deer and stuff...no I don't hunt.. at all). And a By line (which actually meant way more to me).
But that was nearly 10 years ago and way way pre-blog. I did it the old fashioned way...I queried. And despite the shot in the arm on my skills when I got my check, I haven't done anything since.
Like many of you, I have some works in progress. I always do. I'm a great starter but fade midway and then let it sit.
But I haven't used my blog too much to forward any ambition as of yet. I am looking towards the blog as an area I would like to strengthen in industry information and insider news and pre-publication reviews.Think Shelf Awareness (they are my idols!) Or write for them, that would be amazing too. I could offer a 'from the Midwest trenches' look at industry and reader trends via some University strings? Hmmm?
Although that's a pretty lofty expectation.. But hey! Aim small Miss small right?
At the same time I wouldn't mind being so widely read that advertisers would feel justified in giving me money for a spot on my sidebar :)
In the meantime. I believe I'll sit and stare at my projects on my WriteItNow software and keep talking on my blog about what I love. Reading with caveats into my lil ole life. :)