Writers often live in a bit of a self-imposed chamber of isolation. The job of writing is solitary by nature and does not lend itself all that well to multiple inputs. Sure, there is the rare collaboration, but the act of writing is still individual, even if you are feeding off of the other person in a give and take situation.
We look forward to those early reviews in order to see if we hit the mark. Nope, this is not a call for reviews, so take your hand off the mouse. I am simply making a comment about how this is a solo endeavor. One of the biggest hurdles you have to overcome is the ability to live in that void. You have to be willing to create a piece of work that will be hated by some. You have to make choices that are often not poplar. Also, you need to be able to smile when somebody says, "You know what would be a REALLY cool idea...?" Remember, they are just trying to help.
When I work on a book, I never really know where it is going to end. Even better, when I think that I have it figured out, something will come along in the story and take me in an entirely different direction. I avoid using outlines like the plague because I think they can make a story linear. One of the strength--I believe--in my writing is that it has an organic feeling (in other words...feels "real").
All of this is a long way to go about saying that I will be putting together my pre-packaged blog posts for DEAD: Snapshot--Portland, Oregon in a few weeks. I am looking for people who would like to host me, or even send me their very own interview questions. Any takers? Anybody with friends of friends who have blogs and are looking to have a guest post or two? Well then, shoot me a line (or have that friend of a friend) at email@example.com. I am open to any form of media. Blogs, podcasts...you name it.