Part of the job of a writer is marketing. Whether you're selling novels or poems or magazine stories or freelance obituaries, you have to find a way to get that work into print or online, preferably for a market that will pay you a little something for the work. And if you want to think of yourself as a professional writer, as I do, then you want to get paid.
It's a lot easier, frankly, to not get paid. Writing this blog, for instance, bypasses the whole marketing problem: no editor is going to tell me yes, it's great, but sorry, we can't use it right now. But then nobody is writing checks and sending them to me for my having written something on this blog, either.
So why write a blog, if you're a professional? Lots of reasons, most of them having to do with a blog serving as an easy method of communication, and a fast one, and a useful one in getting the word out on something you're proud of and would like to see succeed.
Which leads me, in an absolutely mercenary (but chatty) way, to my novel, Rum Point, which is getting some good notice in some good places and I want to mention those:
1) In a recent review in Spitball Magazines, the reviewer (who is also the editor of that magazine, which is the literary magazine of the baseball-lit world), says "Wilber (has the) ability to create and sustain the considerable suspense which makes Rum Point such a fast-paced ride," and adds that "Rum Point rushes toward an explosive, frenetic 'Gunfight at the OK Corral conclusion," and then closes with this: "This is an engrossing, engaging novel that should cause you to look forward to Mr. Wilber's next work of fiction."
2) In the current issue of the online magazine "The Big Thrill," (http://www.thrillerwriters.org/2010/02/rum-point-a-baseball-novel-by-rick-wilbe.html) I'm interviewed about the writing of Rum Point. Interviewer Mark Combes, a writer himself, did a great job on the interview and I had a blast doing it.
Click on that link (or paste it in) and take a look at the story. Then rush right out and buy a copy of Rum Point , which is available in all the usual places, including Amazon.com and my own website: www.rickwilber.com.