Practically Posh Writing Advice
There's never a good time to start a family, a business, or a writing career.
There's never a good time to start a family, a business, or a writing career. It's either an inconvenient time or a bad time—like the current economy. Don't be daunted. You can still write; just do so strategically.
Published on LatinoLA: January 3, 2009
To help you get started, read this month's Q&A with Robyn Moreno, author of Practically Posh: The Smart Girl's Guide to a Glam Life. Robyn gives great advice on how to be practically posh in every aspect of your life, including your writing life.
Robyn Moreno is the author of Practically Posh: The Smart Girl's Guide to a Glam Life and an editor at a fashion site from Turner Media. She has written fashion, travel, and lifestyle articles for Elle, InStyle, Glamour, Latina, Woman's Day, and The New York Daily News among
others. She is the co-author of Suave: The Latin Male, a fashion book about Latino style icons and is the co-editor of Border-line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex, Sass, and Cultural Shifting, an honest and irreverent anthology about life as a modern Latina. Robyn
is also a spokesperson for Woman's Day magazine and has been a frequent guest editor on The Today Show, CNBC, The Mike and Juliet Show, Better TV, Plum TV, NY1, and the CBS2 Early Morning Show. Her website is http://bepracticallyposh.com
Q: Which author or book inspires you, and why?
A: I really love Alice Munro. She adroitly captures the heartbreak, tenderness, and banality of life.
Q: Why do you love to write?
A: It's always what I have done. I don't know that I am the best writer. But I'm probably a secret know-it-all, :) so if I can share some wisdom, or even let someone in on something I'm struggling with that day or year, then I feel we have connected, and maybe I affected someone? That has value to me.
Q: What is your writing ritual?
A: I write best in the mornings, when I am fresh and relaxed and can access my thoughts. Besides that, I can write almost anywhere. I wrote much of Practically Posh living on a couch by a highway; I am truly a budget babe!
Q: Who is your agent and how did you meet him/her?
A: Joy Tutela of the David Black Literary Agency, she is the best! I met her through a colleague when I had the idea for a Latina anthology, which became Border-Line Personalities. She is a great champion, supporter, and friend.
Q: You've been a successful magazine and book writer for years -- could you share some practically posh tips on how to start and/or manage a career as a writer, even during these tough economic times?
A: Blog, blog, blog. Print jobs are falling by the wayside, so you have to create your own vehicle and audience, and luckily, in this day and age, it's something you can easily do. Many, many bloggers are getting book deals because they can prove they have a following.
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Marcela Landres is the author of the e-book How Editors Think. She is an Editorial Consultant who specializes in helping Latinos get published and was formerly an editor at Simon & Schuster.
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