I really should say, I'm a publishing midwife, but a writing one too. That is happening, of course, because I am surrounding myself with writers and student writers and virtual writer friends. Today, though, I was happily surprised to find out that one of the parental acquaintances who I talk to regularly had written and illustrated a children's book. Our kids go to the same school, and often we talk as we wait to pick up our Littles.
The book he created sounds amazing, but unfortunately, he was getting scammed by a vanity press to pay thousands of dollars to print his book. In my mind I was thinking, "Fuck that! Fuck these scammers!" So I offered to shepherd him on publishing his book on Amazon and Ingram for free. We swapped numbers, and I sure hope he takes me up on the offer. I really want to see his artwork, too.
I think helping other writers along is one of the best things I can do to contribute to the arts. I don't now how else to put it.
Today, sadly, I only wrote for a short time because I was falling asleep at the laptop at 5a.m. Later, our long early morning Faculty negotiation was a vast disappointment because the administration is not interested in incorporating our Shared Governance language into the Contract. This frustrated me to no end, and I took a long nap after that meeting to rejuvenate. Now, I am waiting for another long strategy meeting to respond to what is happening (or not happening) at the bargaining table, so I don't think much writing will get done today. Still, something writing related happened. :)
Keep those writing happenings going, even if you just connect with other artists. #barrioblues
Dr. Jesú Estrada,