Starting out as a writer is not easy. Writing isn’t my day job. When I first started out, I didn’t know what POV stood for or or the difference between a literary agent and a CIA agent. I was pretty clueless. Back then, looking online at the requirements for a query letter, the daunting steps to enter a writing contest and how steep the competition was, I was pretty intimidated.
I’d love to say I have this incredible amount of innate talent that shines through, beats the odds and lights my way. The truth is I got lucky. I found amazing people who helped me.
There’s one person in particular who has helped me again and again. He’s like my own personal version of Yoda (without the cryptic talk). David C. Cassidy. I owe him. BIG.
He’s a writer and an author and a great photographer. To me, he was a lifejacket when I was sure I wasn’t going to make it. Today, I have a blog, a published book, and another on the way. None of that would have happened without him. I know that for a fact.
He helped me set up this lovely blog when I didn’t know how to tell a blog from a website or why I even needed it. He told me what resources to get on Social Media Marketing (I didn’t know what that was either) and where to get them. He also answered every question I had about publishing, marketing, programs and computers.
I didn’t pay him. All I did was thank him (and mention him on this post). He still helped me. Now, that’s Paying it Forward.
Here’s his site: http://davidccassidy.com
How about you? Did you have someone help you get started?