About Me

About Me

Linda Bartosik...
First steps of a beginning writer/artist/illustrator. Follow me on my journey. Read More...

My newest book now available on Amazon!

My newest book now available on Amazon!

Many treasures lie under the sea, but will Alistar find the one that will make ‘The Perfect Birthday Present’ for his mom? Join this adventurous little sea star and his best buddy Barnaby (a blob fish) as they travel through the beautiful deep blue sea, meeting many other creatures of the deep. When the two friends finally stumble upon the perfect present, Alistar needs to make a difficult decision, which only he can make. When he does, the little sea star learns that there are times when it is not the present that is important, but the thought behind it.

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

For Linda Crowley, the first day of the year had always been set aside to work on new, positive beginnings and 1970 was no different. Her husband and children were by all accounts healthy and no one even considered the terrible thought that tragedy would strike before the day was over, and life as she had known it was gone.

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My first illustrating project available on Amazon

My first illustrating project available on Amazon

Haley doesn't have a normal pet she has a goat, Ralph. He thinks he's having fun but he's causing untold trouble for Haley. Trouble seems to follow Ralph everywhere he goes only he doesn't know it. Haley's father says Ralph has to be sold!

Being Social

The day after retuning from a weekend writer’s conference I find my inbox full of invitations to connect with the wonderful people I interacted with throughout the weekend. While this is wonderful, it also causes a tiny bit of fear – as in Oh dear, I’ve been slacking in my social media obligations and I haven’t updated those profiles in years, so today was the day. I spent the morning not walking the beach as I intended, letting the inspiration from the conference take hold, but sitting at the computer rebuilding an ancient LinkedIn profile that didn’t even contain a profile photo.

Why do I let these things get out of hand? Because I hate social media just as much as you do. By “hate” I don’t mean I dislike spending time reading all the recent news about my friends and family. I do. In fact, my morning coffee time is spent browsing my Facebook newsfeed. I really do like knowing what’s going on with both personal and professional connections. What I DO mean about “hate” is the time it takes to learn to use each platform quickly and efficiently. I literally just spent two hours updating LinkedIn and trying to figure out how to thank two people for retweeting and favoriting yesterday’s blog post. And I couldn’t figure that out so thanks Jim Hill and Devon Ellington .

When you spend three days at a writer’s conference you are told over and over how important social media is to promote your work. As a beginning writer I thought I had years to worry about building a network and what they call a “platform”. Not so. Now, for a writer, the time to start building this platform is two years before you even write your first word. At first I was taken aback by this concept. Over the weekend I’ve come to adjust my perspective. If you are a beginning writer – or a beginning anything – what better way to establish belief in yourself than to begin to build your audience two years before you even accomplish anything.

The network you build is your greatest teacher. Watching people you idolize do what they do keeps you focused on your goal and constantly fuels your passion. Also when you get stuck you have a plethora of help just a message away. So if you’re like me and “hate” the time and effort it takes to build your social media platform and tend it like a garden, try adjusting your perspective.

And so, as another day goes by, sometimes putting a new frame around an old picture creates an enhanced portrait, and…I have written.

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