Hobbies are great and some develop into something more than hobbies. In 1999, I met up with a couple of authors. One in New Zealand and the other in the UK. They had both written special-niche books. They had both asked if the non-profit, with which I was involved, could market their volumes.
In one case it was possible but the other it was not so practical as the subject was so specialised. This has happened quite often. Thus I began to wonder if there might still be a way to encourage and assist such keen authors. The result – I set up a small network of authors and sent an interesting newsmail to them every so often with clippings that come across my desk.
Over the past decade or so, the network has grown from 2 to 200 and still rising. Such a variety of authors, some who have published 50 books and others just starting out. It’s been very encouraging dialoguing with several of these creative folk – some have sent their latest manuscript for me to comment on; others have sought assistance with aspects of editing and others have valued information about publishing. Currently, there are 3 or 4 manuscripts in the pipe-line. There are two or three publishers in the group also.
Quite an inspiring hobby – if you’d like to join the group then just drop me a line.