C is for Chops
No, I'm not talking about pork commonly fixed for supper. What I'm referring to is the *expertise in a particular field or activity (*according to Webster on-line), specifically where it pertains to writing.
At what point do you think you'll earn your "chops"? Have you already? I mean its not like other fields where there's degree's, certificates, GPA's, credentials, and many other forms of accreditation recognizing achievement that you might find on a resume. Or is there? Does landing an agent signify chops? How about a book deal? Or maybe it's a collection of multiple published books? I have a short story (Itinerary) scheduled to be published this spring and I can tell you I don't feel like I've earned the chops I'm after yet.
But there are a couple of area's associated with writing where I have considerable chops. One...I am an expert in seeking publication. I know the ins and outs of things like writing query letters, synopsis, and how to research possible agents. The other, I know how to use blogging to build a platform and create useful connections within the publishing community.
There are numerous sub-fields that can be mastered on this publication journey, so don't fret over the chops you may not have yet...celebrate the ones you do.
I forgot to bury my personal information on yesterdays blog until it had already been live for a couple hours. It's there now, so if you visited before 7 AM CDT yesterday (there were 10 of you), you might want to revisit. :)