Wednesday, December 8, 2010
How Jeanette Got Her Writing Gig - Virtual Luncheon - Part 2
"I told them I would do the column for free in exchange for a blurb at the end of each column advertising our church. The editor agreed. That was almost 11 years ago. I've received many speaking engagements and opportunities to share my faith as a result of that column. It's opened a lot of doors for my writing career, since it serves as a plank to my platform.
"And I love it when people tell me I make them laugh! I grab the paper and say, 'let me read that. I need to laugh myself!"
Engrossed in her account, I haven't touched my salad yet. "Jen, I love the idea of the Eiffel Tower held in God's hand, but why did you choose that logo?"
She reaches for a breadstick and passes the basket to me. "Paris is the name of my town, so it was the perfect choice to catch readers' attention."
Rhonda and I exchange glances and smile. Getting readers to stay with an article challenges every writer.
The server brings our lunch, and we suspend our conversation until we're settled. "Okay, Rhonda, it's your turn. Don't leave out any of the details."
...to be continued.
Questions for the Reader: Have you thought about writing a column? What steps have you taken to make that dream come true?