Let’s face it, the majority of us have day jobs. So our writing is delegated to the early mornings, the evenings, lunch breaks, and the weekends. Indeed, the majority of us write, as blogger Mike Shatzkin notes, “because [we] have something to say, or a story to tell, and [we] want both to express it and have people read and react to it.” Ah, yes – have people react to, and even like, it! I don’t know about you, but the pleasure I take when someone likes my work is akin to first love – well, almost, and a platonic first love at that, but you get the point – and may have had a similar feeling.
At Find My Audience we are building a software tool that will help writers (and by extension, all creatives) “find their audience” on the social web – and then engage with that audience. But at the end of the day we go home and scratch away on our sheets, also. It’s not only how we fully express ourselves, but it’s a way of documenting our point of view – our existence, really. This week we learned that our own L.V. Torio had made it to the Quarter Finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest for his novel The Holding Company Loves You. And then we learned that Mark Schroeder had received the American Movie Awards’ Silver Prize in the Television Pilot Competition for his work, TrainHoppers. Getting noticed. That’s the first step. And soon, we might also be able to find our audience…and yours!