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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Moving by Margot Justes

I haven’t posted much on this site recently, there simply was not much time, and I can’t come up with weekly pearls of wisdom on what works and doesn’t in this exciting, upside down and rapidly changing writing business.

After twenty eight years I moved, not only have I moved out of a house, but also out of state. The process of putting the house on the market, selling said house within two weeks, and then packing all the stuff and in the middle of it all take three weeks off for a vacation, pretty much eliminated my writing. By the time I was done in the evening, the last thing I wanted to do was write.

For the next six months I have temporarily settled in a cozy one bedroom apartment in Alexandria, VA. It took me a while to find a small spot where I can comfortably write, and a bit more time to actually start writing.

During the first period of my transition I have done no advertising, have been pretty much absent from the social networks and the surprising fact was that my sales did not decrease because of my ‘social’ absence. In fact they have steadily increased with no effort on my part. That is not to say that I’m making huge inroads into sales, but am gaining slowly and steadily.

My lack of social presence and the lack of negative impact on sales tells me that either my social networking is not working, or that I’m doing something wrong, or that it takes time for readers to find me.  My guess is that I’m doing something wrong, sales is my worst nightmare; I’m simply not good at it. It also tells me that readers are slowly finding me. 

In the meantime, I’ll just keep writing, posting my tidbits and we’ll see what happens. I’m almost halfway through my two projects, A Hotel in Venice, and a novella set in Chicago. It’s back to normal for me, at least for a while, I still have to find a permanent place to live, and I have started to look.

Hope you’ll enjoy a few pictures from Alexandria.

Margot  Justes
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A Hotel in Bath
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  1. Good to hear you're back writing and moved ok. I think it's a slow process but hopefully we all get discovered!

  2. Christine,
    Hope things are going well for you. Move was smooth, the writing process took a bit longer.

  3. Love those pictures. Now that you're settled down at least for a while, you can get more writing done!

  4. Morgan,
    That is exactly what I plan to do.