To all My Loyal Followers and Readers:
Thank you so much for reading the Daily Haiku and all my instructional posts on a regular basis. Hundreds of you have emailed me or commented on this blog, and I have now formed a profile of my typical reader. Actually, I’ve found there is no “typical” reader, as I have heard from:
business people who tell me they are wannabe writers
experienced writers of practically every genre
experienced poets of many forms who just discovered the right way to write haiku
novelists who want to discover how to publicize their books
public relations professionals
stay-at-home mothers or caregivers of elderly parents who’ve always wanted to write during the rare, spare moments of their days and nights
Whether you are an artist, musician, just starting to consider writing or are an experienced writer, I hope there is always something you can profit from on my blog. For example, if you are an experienced artist, musician, or writer, maybe one of the significant things you have learned from my blog, is not to be shy, and to realize there is a need to publicize your worthy efforts. Read your work, exhibit your work, do a concert. For example, connect with your local library to do a reading, workshop, exhibit or give a concert. Do anything to get attention for your work. Blog!
Whether you are a beginning writer or an experienced one, read at open mics.
Writers, musicians, and all artists, regardless of their specialty or level of expertise, still have a long ways to go in getting their work out into the world and noticed. This isn’t an easy task for a beginner or even experienced artist. Most do not have a publicist, so they need to be their own cheerleaders. Get used to tooting your own horn.
It’s not selfish or egotistical. It is necessary. You need to share your work in order to thrive at it and get ideas on how to improve it. Sometimes, even the average, ordinary person who is not in your field, will give you the most valuable feedback.
As for myself, I will be signing copies of my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, Saturday, April 30, at the Annual Poetry Fest, held at the Chicago Public Library, 400 S. State St.
As I’ve mentioned recently on my blog, my exhibit of haiku/haiku sequences is featured at the Library the entire month of April. (Third Floor). And, I will give a haiku/senryu presentation and workshop during Poetry Fest at the Library from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on the 30th.
Here is the link on Amazon to my most recent book:
If you like the book, you can always contact me directly to inquire about it or order it. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
And also of current interest, I have one of my poems displayed at Highland Park Public Library in Highland Park, IL. This exhibit of selected poets is co-sponsored by Highland Park Poetry and the Illinois State Poetry Society.
Each month, I am always doing something out in public to keep my work alive. Make it your goal to do the same!
Thank you for your support.
Copyright 2016 by Charlotte Digregorio.