I’ve written a story. It’s only 500 words and I’d love to enter it into some flash fiction competition or other, but it’s difficult to know where to begin, or even how good the material is in the first place.
I’ve also (by coincidence) just exposed the world to some new songs which I have written, and now I’m wondering how to go about recording and publishing them.
Finally, I’ve just about got enough poems from the poetry blog I keep to publish a book. I tried to do it through blurb.com but now I’m wondering if it might not be easier to do it myself and use a local printer to make sure I have more direct control. How should I start to think about this then?
For all these little questions, I have used the network of friends and associates I have acquired over the last few months on Twitter. In fact, feel free to follow me if you’re at all interested. Their insight and help is great. Not sure who to go to for printing? Bash an enquiry over to a few friends who work in graphic design and media. Want to publish music and thinking of the huge task of doing it online? I happen to follow someone who knows about Bandcamp, and the uses this lovely little project can be to a tech-savvie but non-geeky band.
For all the things my wife says about wasting time on social networking, I have to admit that from finding out which is the greatest pizza delivery locally (Buddy’s: 01922 456456) to thrashing the makers of Zoo magazine about the Danny Dyer incident that broke today, Twitter and sites and services like it really hit the spot.
If it wasn’t for the fact that I have seen 40-page documents telling me how to “use” Twitter to get what I want, I’d be truly impressed. Generally I find it’s just a useful way to advertise, socialise, inform, communicate and debate.