Authors and Others Can be Listed in the
are experienced waiters.
if we never waited tables while we were anticipating our big break,
most of us certainly have learned to loiter by the sidelines. Even
authors who appear to be overnight successes generally have done
their share of dallying in the shadow of others. It’s just
that no one talks about it. Overnight success is much more newsworthy
here I am, flipping through the pages of Time Magazine’s August
and there it is. This article isn’t directed at authors and
it doesn’t even suggest that anyone who longs for fame achieve
it instantly by adding their name to what the Time editors call
“The People’s Encyclopedia.” But there it is.
All any of us have to do is go to http://wikipedia.org
and add to an entry, correct an entry or, lo! Create a new entry.
There are plenty of help links to guide you along. I am no tekky
and I was able to figure out how to do it.
title, “Wiki” comes from the Hawaiian word for “fast.”
I presume this is because a very speedy way to put together an encyclopedia
is to let others do it for you—at the speed of net which is
darn near as fast as the speed of light.
so many authors (and readers!) are modest—some would argue
suppressed is a better word--you may think that you or your book
will be immediately edited out. That is not the way this is supposed
to work. Of course someone else might come along and edit your material,
but the risk isn’t any greater than having your book available
for review on Amazon. This editing process is an inducement not
to exaggerate your importance. Of course, that’s highly unlikely—because
most of us are downright self-effacing. Still, it would be nice
to realize a dream right here and now. So have at it.
your career isn’t yet ready for Britannica, don’t just
sit there! Go for Wikipedia, a free, nonprofit site that has 150,000
entries. I did it just for the fun of it. Do a search on my name
or on THIS IS THE PLACE to see what comes up. You’ll notice
there are a couple of typos. Being so tech-illiterate, I couldn’t
figure out how to fix them. I’m sure you’ll do better!
by the way, you can also add articles to Wikipedia. It’s always
good to have someone to listen to what we have to say. If we can’t
get our spouses to pay attention, Wikipedia will.
Tidbit: Annette Gisby,
author of SHADOW OF THE ROSE, suggests these sites that might
be of interest to writers:
Tip: Have you discovered Amazon’s “So You’d
Like to…..Guides?” The best ones are essays that
include up to 50 suggestions for books to read that are related
to the subject of the essay. What a great way to find reading
related to your favorite subjects! You’ll find my essays
also find a list of Amazon’s top 100 “So You’d
Like tos” on the site. Some of mine appear intermittently
on that list.
MyShelf.Com. All Rights Reserved.