Friday, November 11, 2011

Please welcome Author Laurie Buchanan

How/why did you start to write?
Many years ago I had a typing service and placed an ad in "Writers Digest" stating "It's My Job To Make Your Work Look Great!" I soon found myself editing and formatting manuscripts for authors--many of them Harlequin romance writers.

People started asking me how I got started, what made it successful, and similar business-type questions, so I wrote, "Pages To Go! How To Start and Maintain a Successful Freelance Typing Service."

These experiences "primed the pump" and served me well when I went back to school and had to write a thesis and dissertation for my Master's and PhD degrees.

Where can we find your current work?
I am an anchor writer for SibylMagazine, a regular contributor to Evolving Your Spirit magazine, and I currently have a non-fiction under consideration with a literary agent in the San Francisco area.

What inspires you?
My creative muse is "wabi-sabi"--a practice where inessentials are trimmed away or eliminated.

The intersection where wabi (minimal) an sabi (functional) meet is the foundation for my creativity--space. Space to move at my own pace, space to invest my time the way I want, space for inspiration and quiet solitude.

Please share one of your successful marketing techniques
As a non-fiction writer, it's important to establish and maintain a "platform". In other words, exposure, Exposure, EXPOSURE.

I have a high-traffic website (www.HolEssence.com) and blog (http://HolEssence.WordPress.com) and am active in several online social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

Do you attend writer's conferences?
I attend the annual Writers' Institute at UW-Madison. I have found that spending a weekend with other writers, literary agents, and publishers keeps me excited and engaged.

Parting words
"Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing." -Laurie Buchanan

5 comments:

Author Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you for visiting my blog, Laurie.

holessence said...

Leanne - As always, the pleasure is mine. Thank you for having me as your guest today.

creativepotager said...

What a nice find for my early Sunday morning reading... It was suppose to be a late morning read but I forgot to tell my 4:30 am wake up brain.

Leanne you have asked just the right questions to capture Laurie in some of her shiniest light.

Thank you both!

Author Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you, Terrill, for your kind words.

holessence said...

Terrill - Thank you for popping in with a cheerie hello :)