Wednesday, September 30, 2015

500th BLOG POST: 500 Steps to Getting Published

Today is my 500th blog post! Wow. Just...wow! Who knew this day would eventually come? I mean, it's not like I was waiting for it or anything; it just happened. So, woo-hoo!!! Right? I thought I was going to do something epic and spectacular when this moment came, but now I can't think of anything.

500 Steps to Get Published | writing humor | productivity for writers | author goals


For my 100th blog post, I listed 100 random things about me. Not going to do that for 500. No way.

For my 200 follower milestone, I listed 200 WORDS about me, basically in a random word cloud.

So, for my 500th blog post? Hmmm... How about 500 steps to getting published in 500 words.


  1. WRITE
  2. WRITE
  3. WRITE
  4. read
  5. read
  6. read
  7. read
  8. read
  9. WRITE
  10. WRITE
  11. WRITE
  12. read
  13. read
  14. read
  15. WRITE
  16. revise
  17. WRITE
  18. revise
  19. read 
  20. read
  21. read
  22. WRITE
  23. revise
  24. WRITE
  25. revise
  26. WRITE
  27. WRITE
  28. WRITE
  29. revise
  30. revise
  31. revise
  32. read
  33. edit
  34. revise
  35. WRITE
  36. edit
  37. revise
  38. WRITE
  39. read
  40. read
  41. read
  42. POLISH...
  43. SOME...
  44. MORE...
  45. chocolate
  46. query
  47. letter
  48. postage
  49. stamps
  50. send
  51. off
  52. sase
  53. wait
  54. wait
  55. wait
  56. wait
  57. wait
  58. wait
  59. WRITE
  60. read
  61. read
  62. read
  63. WRITE
  64. WRITE
  65. WRITE
  66. WRITE
  67. blog
  68. read
  69. WRITE
  70. blog
  71. read
  72. WRITE
  73. blog
  74. submit
  75. wait
  76. some
  77. more
  78. chocolate
  79. facebook
  80. write
  81. edit
  82. critique
  83. friends
  84. manuscripts
  85. WRITE
  86. WRITE
  87. WRITE
  88. critique
  89. group
  90. gathering
  91. conference
  92. read
  93. read
  94. read
  95. study
  96. study
  97. study
  98. rejection
  99. cry
  100. chocolate
  101. celebrate
  102. submit
  103. again
  104. WRITE
  105. WRITE
  106. WRITE
  107. revise
  108. revise
  109. revise
  110. WRITE
  111. critique
  112. laundry
  113. run
  114. dishes
  115. dinner
  116. more
  117. dishes
  118. sleep
  119. cry
  120. write
  121. edit
  122. ignore
  123. family
  124. conference
  125. WRITE
  126. WRITE
  127. study
  128. read
  129. read
  130. read
  131. read
  132. study
  133. edit
  134. revise
  135. revise
  136. edit
  137. WRITE
  138. submit
  139. TV
  140. sleep
  141. run
  142. WRITE
  143. WRITE
  144. WRITE
  145. WRITE
  146. WRITE
  147. revise
  148. edit
  149. revise
  150. edit
  151. read
  152. read
  153. read
  154. rejection
  155. cry
  156. chocolate
  157. friends
  158. facebook
  159. another
  160. manuscript
  161. WRITE
  162. WRITE
  163. WRITE
  164. plot
  165. conflict
  166. revise
  167. revise
  168. plot
  169. revise
  170. WRITE
  171. WRITE
  172. edit
  173. critique
  174. sleep
  175. query
  176. submit
  177. read
  178. read
  179. read
  180. read
  181. read
  182. read
  183. WRITE
  184. WRITE
  185. WRITE
  186. revise
  187. critique
  188. read
  189. critique
  190. read
  191. revise
  192. critique
  193. WRITE
  194. WRITE
  195. read
  196. award
  197. 1st
  198. place
  199. contest
  200. blog
  201. blog
  202. blog
  203. facebook
  204. friends
  205. vacation
  206. laundry
  207. read
  208. read
  209. read
  210. laundry
  211. WRITE
  212. revise
  213. edit
  214. WRITE
  215. revise
  216. edit
  217. enter
  218. contest
  219. WRITE
  220. WRITE
  221. WRITE
  222. revise
  223. edit
  224. critique
  225. rejection
  226. rejection
  227. rejection
  228. cry
  229. sleep
  230. chocolate
  231. breakfast
  232. rejection
  233. cry
  234. cry
  235. cry
  236. bad
  237. critique
  238. confusion
  239. cry
  240. cry
  241. cry
  242. chocolate
  243. sleep
  244. read
  245. read
  246. read
  247. facebook
  248. friends
  249. retreat
  250. read
  251. read
  252. read
  253. WRITE
  254. WRITE
  255. WRITE
  256. revise
  257. WRITE
  258. revise
  259. WRITE
  260. edit
  261. polish
  262. submit
  263. query
  264. letter
  265. cover
  266. letter
  267. postage
  268. email
  269. submit
  270. submit
  271. submit
  272. submit
  273. submit
  274. submit
  275. yes
  276. acquisitions
  277. no 
  278. bummer
  279. submit
  280. WRITE
  281. WRITE
  282. WRITE
  283. read
  284. read
  285. read
  286. read
  287. read
  288. read
  289. study
  290. study
  291. study
  292. revise
  293. edit
  294. polish
  295. WRITE
  296. revise
  297. edit
  298. polish
  299. WRITE
  300. WRITE
  301. WRITE
  302. WRITE
  303. critique
  304. critique
  305. plot
  306. conflict
  307. dinner
  308. webinar
  309. seminar
  310. class
  311. lesson
  312. read
  313. read
  314. read
  315. study
  316. read
  317. read
  318. read
  319. study
  320. plan
  321. prepare
  322. hope
  323. dream
  324. pray
  325. pray
  326. pray
  327. dig
  328. deeper
  329. WRITE
  330. WRITE
  331. WRITE
  332. read
  333. study
  334. WRITE
  335. revise
  336. edit
  337. critique 
  338. revise
  339. edit
  340. polish
  341. submit
  342. read
  343. read
  344. read
  345. read
  346. read
  347. study
  348. study
  349. study
  350. study
  351. study
  352. WRITE
  353. WRITE
  354. WRITE
  355. WRITE
  356. WRITE
  357. revise
  358. move
  359. unpack
  360. unpack
  361. books
  362. clothes
  363. dishes
  364. laundry
  365. dinner
  366. vacation
  367. read
  368. read
  369. read
  370. read
  371. laundry
  372. laundry
  373. laundry
  374. read
  375. revise
  376. critique
  377. facebook
  378. webinar
  379. WRITE
  380. WRITE
  381. WRITE
  382. revise
  383. revise
  384. revise
  385. revise
  386. plot
  387. revise
  388. conflict
  389. revise
  390. character
  391. plan
  392. hope
  393. edit
  394. critique
  395. WRITE
  396. revise
  397. WRITE
  398. read
  399. read
  400. study
  401. study
  402. study
  403. read
  404. WRITE
  405. WRITE
  406. WRITE
  407. submit
  408. submit
  409. revise
  410. critique
  411. rejection
  412. WRITE
  413. critique
  414. edit
  415. revise
  416. read
  417. read
  418. read
  419. WRITE
  420. play
  421. renew
  422. run
  423. yoga
  424. garden
  425. cheer
  426. celebrate
  427. agent
  428. celebrate
  429. chocolate
  430. facebook
  431. celebrate
  432. submit
  433. submit
  434. submit
  435. WRITE
  436. WRITE
  437. WRITE
  438. revise
  439. critique
  440. plan
  441. hope
  442. dream
  443. work
  444. work
  445. work
  446. pray
  447. hope
  448. dream
  449. pray
  450. plan
  451. work
  452. hard
  453. WRITE
  454. WRITE
  455. WRITE
  456. critique
  457. help
  458. others
  459. critique
  460. contest
  461. conference
  462. study
  463. learn
  464. connect
  465. network
  466. WRITE
  467. WRITE
  468. revise
  469. resubmit
  470. editor
  471. thanks
  472. but
  473. no
  474. thanks
  475. rejection
  476. revise
  477. WRITE
  478. read
  479. read
  480. read
  481. study
  482. study
  483. WRITE
  484. laundry
  485. read
  486. TV
  487. sleep
  488. WRITE
  489. plot
  490. outline
  491. character
  492. outline
  493. WRITE
  494. revise
  495. submit
  496. acquisitions
  497. YES!!!
  498. sign...
  499. contract...
  500. PUBLISHED!!!
So there you go. That's the 500 steps to getting published. You did it! You're doing it! Just keep up the hard work! Believe in yourself! 

YOUR TURN: What do you think is step #501? (Hint: It's not marketing.)

P.S. It's to... WRITE THE NEXT BOOK!!!

Keep on keepin' on...


Monday, September 28, 2015

I'm BACK...


Rise of the Machines by Kristen Lamb
I know I haven't posted anything on my blog since March 5, so I'll keep today's post short and let you go on about your business. I started a new job in March where I commute 45 minutes each morning and each evening. Being the Content Marketing Manager for Kimmel & Associates has been keeping me pretty busy. It's a dream job where I manage a team of writers and contract out blog article assignments, edit them, and post them on the Kimmel blog.

I've since gotten a slight blog facelift as I've changed my blog header and title. I used to call it "Write Wild," with the subtitle being "On Writing. On Picture Books. On Life."

After reading Kristen Lamb's Rise of the Machines: Human Authors in a Digital World, I decided to change up my blog title. This is the premium book for authors and how to get a digital platform. It talks about marketing and the science behind how people decide to purchase things and how books are different than most things. VERY good book! I highly recommend it!!!

Now my blog is "Christie Wright Wild." with the subtitle being "Dancing Through Time and Space." I can always change the subtitle later on as well. But at least the blog now has my name instead of only the URL using my name.

Also, Write Wild Co. is now the name of my company - all things writing related, etc. That's it for today! Told you I'd keep it short.

YOUR TURN: Have you changed anything in the past 7 months? Updated your blog? Changed a name? Bought (and read) a new helpful book (relating to ANYTHING)?

Keep on keepin' on...