Author MJ Pullen, the Distracted Writer

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Follow M.J. Pullen’s blog posts about writing and publishing. Geared toward beginning writers, pre-published authors. seasoned veterans, and authors attempting to navigate platform development on social media.

Relevant to self-publishing, traditional publishing, indie authors and hybrid authors.

I talked for a long time last night with a fellow author in another state, one of those great conversations that left me feeling energized and inspired and thinking about my writing career with renewed vigor. There’s not much I love more than a candid, frenzied conversation with another writer. Writers get my special brand  […]

Welcome to The Distracted Writer, your resource for… Ooh! Shiny objects! You can see all M.J.’s distracted (and distracting) writing posts here. 2016 is well underway, and while I don’t know yet if it will be as eventful as 2015, I am super excited about making this a year to find balance as a working  […]

Sundown tonight begins Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, and the time during which we fast in order to “afflict our souls” and try very hard to focus on atoning for our wrongs (rather than counting the minutes until sundown tomorrow when we can eat and drink again). In between Rosh Hashanah  […]

There are still tickets left for my Self-Publishing and Author Platform Workshops next weekend. This will probably be the last Atlanta-area workshop for several months, so come on down! Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Self-Publishing) and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Author Platform) Place: Meeting Room #5, Smyrna Community  […]

Two workshops. One day. One happy author. January 24, 2015 Smyrna Community Center, Room #5 Smyrna, Georgia Part 1: Self-Publishing: Perks, Pitfalls and Process (see description below) Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For: Writers of all levels and genres (fiction and non-fiction) who are considering self-publishing or weighing their publishing options Cost: $80 Part  […]

I shared this list with my self-publishing workshop attendees in November, and thought I would re-post here for anyone interested. If you’re in Atlanta and would like to attend my next self-pub workshop, you can find the information here: The Top 10 Reasons Newbie Self-Publishers Stumble Rushing to Publish. The ease of publishing on  […]

Good morning and happy December! This is the month for mistletoe, Christmas lights and latkes. It’s also time for  my traditional ‘Holy Crap Where Did the Year Go, I’ve Accomplished Nothing’ freakout. And eggnog lattes at Starbucks, which are not only delicious but prove that even Starbucks is human. Unless they aren’t. Because if they  […]

Because I think this issue is so important, I am taking time away from NaNoWriMo to re-post here what I wrote on my Facebook page yesterday. My friends and fellow authors, J.K. Barber, brought to my attention their post about a conversation with publicist Louise Carter; and I wanted to share it far and wide  […]

Okay, okay, okay. Fine. Whatever you say, non-existent people who are not remotely pressuring me to do NaNoWriMo. You got me. I’ll do it! For those who don’t know, November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), during which thousands of  would-be novelists lock themselves in closets, bathrooms and heated minivans, and try to churn out  […]

So, you know that person who is always 2000% confident in themselves and their own knowledge? You know how, for some people, that confidence never seems to waver, regardless of the correctness or reliability of their beliefs? While it’s true, many of these folks are drawn to politics and therefore spend most of their time  […]