A Lot More to Do Than Just Write

I really do have a life outside of mystery writing.

For years I've been the newsletter editor for the California Residential Services Association--for Administrators of Community Care Homes in California. It means that I have to keep up with changes in the industry. Besides getting news from the Department of Social Services and the Department of Developmental Services, I also receive updates to the state regulations governing community care.

Probably where I get the most pertinent news though is from the administrators themselves--through phone calls and also attending CRSA's monthly board meetings.
I write the newsletter, keep the membership list up-to-date, and see that the newsletter is printed and sent out.

And of course, I do have to do the usual things everyone does to keep a house running, the laundry, cooking meals, grocery shopping (though I try to con my husband into doing it as much as possible). I have a huge family as anyone who reads my blog already knows and I'm active in my church.

I belong to the same critique group that I joined over 20 years ago when I first moved to the Central Valley and attend nearly every week. They serve as my first editor. Members of the group have changed, but we've been fortunate in having truly dedicated writers and good critiques over the years.

As a writer, I also have to do lots of promotional work. I'm on e-lists, have this blog, blog regularly on three other blogs, a website that needs an overhaul, and I belong to several e-lists.

Oh, and I can't forget that I'm the program chair for the Public Safety Writer Associations conference--and I edit the newsletter for them too. http://www.publicsafetywriter.com

Whew! Think I need a rest.



William said…
Hey Marlyn, It is William, Chelsea's husband!

Can I ask you a question, Chelsea is looking to get published for a book she has done, would you recommend a publisher, she is having a hard time trying to get anyone to look at her manuscript.


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