Good Morning, Friends!
We’re in strange times at the moment. My husband is working from home, my son is schooling from home, and I am always home but am currently experiencing serious writer’s block, probably due to too much going on in my own home. So what’s a quarantined writer with writer’s block to do? Write a blog post!
Over the next several weeks, I’ll try to post more often than normal. I’ll bring you information as I receive it on the publishing and writing world, as well as maybe give you some insights into my personal life and how my family is dealing with this self-isolation experiment.
For starters, let’s start with the PUBLISHING INDUSTRY. Folks, I don’t think it’s any surprise that the publishing industry is about to be hit hard. When readers can’t get out to bookstores, they either buy from Amazon online or they download ebooks. The result of that is the potential fall of brick-and-mortar stores like your favorite local bookshop or even places like Barnes and Noble. With this in mind, I’d like to encourage you to purchase you books online through your favorite bookstores instead of Amazon right now, if possible. Let’s let Amazon do their thing and meet the immediate needs for those who need supplies. Instead, check in with your local brick-and-mortar stores to see what they’re offering. I know my local Barnes and Noble is offering curbside pickup. You just order online and drive up to the curb to grab your order. I’m sure others are doing something similar, and many are moving to free shipping to meet your reading needs. So please consider supporting your favorite brick and mortar stores by going there first for your reading needs. If you need help finding one near you, let me know.
Second, here’s a note to the TEACHERS out there. First a huge thank you for all you’re doing. I can’t imagine how difficult this time must be for you. Many of the teachers I’ve spoken to are going to Google Classroom, Google Hangouts, Zoom, and other resources to teach their classes. If I can help you, please let me know. For at least the next month (and I may extend it depending upon how this situation evolves), I am opening myself to free virtual visits with your students. If you’re using Google Hangouts or some other platform that will allow me to visit with your class from my home computer, please reach out. We can talk about books, writing, brainstorming on writing topics, or just talk about our individual experiences during this quarantine. Whatever you come up with, I’m game! Just zip me an email at Cathie@charmstrongbooks.com and I’ll call you and we can talk about what works best for your classroom.
Third, to the WRITERS out there. Keep writing! I received an email today for a free webinar tutorial for Scrivener. Here’s the link if you need it. It’s at 2PM Central Time today, so there should be plenty of time to register. For those who aren’t familiar with Scrivener, you should check it out! It’s roughly $40 for the program, you download it from the website, and it is supremely helpful with organizing your writing.
Okay, folks…that’s enough from me for today, but I’ll be back in a day or two. In the meantime, leave me a comment below with ideas for how we can help each other in these difficult times.