Tuesday, May 27, 2008

City Slickers

Okay, show of hands. How many of you remember the movie City Slickers? A group of executives led by Billy Crystal become cowboys only their guide dies along the way.

Now you remember it, right!!

Well, I am from the city. I can use my brain to go to amazing worlds but...well, I'm not very handy. I always have great ideas of how to build and create things BUT the reality resembles more of preschoolers imitating modern art.

So today as I built a home for my daughters' ducks I could sympathize with these men from that movie.

And then I remembered "The One Thing." When Curly held up his gloved finger and said "You find the One thing."

Normally that would cause me to reflect but today I was thinking ducks and blogs. It occured to me. When we are trying to get our books in to the hands of readers WE need to think about that "One Thing" too.

What is that "One Thing" that will appeal to a particular group of readers?
What is the "One Thing" I want a potential reader to know about my book?
What is the "One Thing" I want to accomplish with my story?

If you think about these questions [and likely more will follow. This is just to get you started.] You will find yourself building a marketing plan that will strengthen not only your sales but also your story even before it goes to press.

So think about it. What is the "One Thing"?

I'd like to invite you to visit Writer's Rest. I have recently been added to the roster of bloggers there. This blog is designed to teach various aspects of writing, marketing, etc. I'd love for you to visit on a few different days [I post on Tuesdays each week. Check the archives for the list of other posters.] then come back and tell us what you thought of the blog in the comments section.

I hope you are remaining focused on your 2008 writing goals. Now that we're entering the summer it is time for you to begin to reassess your goals and plans.

Your Coach for the Journey, Tiffany Colter


Kaizen Consulting Blog said...

Not only do I remember the movie but I have seen it more times than I care to admit. Thank you for the blog.

Todd D. Severin said...

Great statement today. Funny, I was writing about nearly the same thing, what is the main point of the story, and often it's not what you may think it is. I'd love to exchange links with you. You can find my blog, My Writing Life, at www.learnedaboutwriting.blogspot.com

Let me know if you want to exchange links.

My Writing Life