Author, Judy Howard’s mailing address is Sun City, California, but you will rarely find her there. Instead, you might find the top ranking Amazon author strapped in at the race track ready to check out the Mario Andretti Racing Experience or cruising down Route 66.
Of one thing, you can be sure she is living up to a quote by Henry Thoreau, Howard questions, “How vain is it to sit down and write, when you have not stood up to live?”
participation of Sisters In Crime's
Blog Hop I would like to share four things I have learned so far that has kept
me in the top 10% of Amazon’s author ranking.
reached the age of twenty-one when women’s liberation was ablaze. In 1967 I
believed I could “bring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan and never, never
let him forget he was a man”, because my mother taught me to be independent. At
the age of eleven and with her encouragement I operated my own dog grooming
business that supported me and my family over forty years. I never thought of being a
woman as a stumbling block. I was told, “Do the work and do it the
best you can.”
At the age of sixty-eight I have written three
books each a different genre. I write
what I know. And what I don’t know I research until I know.
were to mentor a new writer, here is my advice to her (or him).
1.Be honest with yourself. Write what you know that you know.
2.What you don’t know, research and
3.Do your best. Write and rewrite,
rewrite and rewrite.
4.Work hard, write every day.
heard somewhere that to be considered a professional in your field one must
invest a minimum of 20,000 hours. I believe that to be true. Success does not happen overnight.
check out Libby Grandy, an author who is putting in the time. Libby
will weave a tale you won’t want to put down.