Write On: Giving Writers the Widbook Welcome
It had always been a dream of mine to write a book, but it was a back-burner dream. Overwhelmed by such a daunting task, I didn’t know where to begin or what to write until a life-changing experience gave me the momentum and purpose I needed.
Two hundred and seventy-six pages later, my book was complete. My dream had come true. I did it!
That sense of accomplishment was my validation. It truly was enough for me. So I looked into getting my book bound – leather, of course. But, my pleather wallet quickly realized it was cheaper to self-publish the darn thing and buy it in paperback!
The initial panic set it. If I publish it, people will read it. GASP!
After a lot of back and forth, I proceeded and it was one of the best decisions of my life. Not only was it super cool to see my name on the cover and get my very own ISBN number (It’s a real book!), sharing my story proved cathartic. Some of my readers even contacted me with their own stories. They had been searching for someone with whom they could relate. For me, the distinction between writer and reader began to blur. We were on opposite sides of the page, yet similar plights produced an undeniable connection.
For that reason (and many others), I am an advocate for any platform that allows writers and readers to safely interact with one another. Therefore, I am a proud member of the Widbook community and would like to extend a warm welcome to our new (and not-so-new) Widbook writers!
We are thrilled you joined the Widbook team and we look forward to reading your work. Meanwhile, if you ever get stuck, please look to this column for future writing tips and tricks. Here at Widbook, we promote collaboration. Two minds are better than one and hopefully together we can achieve greatness! Your work will be spot on. Some may even say “write on”. So write on fearless writers…
By Mary Ann. Mary Ann Lombardo is a self-published author, columnist and TV writer. Her repertoire includes broadcast news scripts, infomercials and commercials as well as her two memoirs, “R.J.L.: A Pregnant Memoir” and “Dear Baby…” She also has a monthly column for IndieReader.com, Teck-tock Goes the Clock. Lombardo has a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication at Rutgers University and a M.S. in Publishing at New York University.