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Main Street Writers Movement ~~~ for: “Everyone who wishes more people were reading and talking about literature.“

Main Street Writers Movement

This Movement is for, “Everyone who wishes more people were reading and talking about literature.”

Yesterday, I posted a re-blog by Roz Morris about the Main Street Writers Movement.

She touched on all the top reasons to be interested, whether you’re a writer, publisher, or reader.

But, I thought I’d add my voice to Roz’s, since most of my visitors come from Google searches, meaning they could hit this post and never see Roz’s…

I’m going to share the kinds of folks you’d encounter in the Movement and their Pledge; but, I’ll clear up a small confusion first.

In Roz’s post she said, “There’s a pledge (which, alas, you can only sign if you have 5-digit zip code), but you can register separately for the blog and the newsletter.”

Laura Stanfill ~ Author & Publisher

Laura Stanfill ~ Author & Publisher

The woman behind the Movement, Laura Stanfill, of Forest Avenue Press,  has told me (in an email response):

“You ‘signed the pledge’ by filling out the form [Join The Main Street Writers Movement], which subscribed you to the monthly Main Street Writers Movement newsletter and made you a Main Street writer who has pledged to build community.”

So, there is a Pledge page; and, there is still a place to put a zip code (for those in the USA); but, Join The Main Street Writers Movement has the proper form to join the movement and pledge your efforts if you’re not in the United States.

So, here comes the Pledge:

I pledge…

  1. To encourage my neighbor writers in the creation of art.
  1. To attend local literary events, because gathering to discuss ideas and encourage creativity is an essential and radical act in these times.
  1. To support my independent bookstore or, if I don’t have one, order direct from the publisher.
  1. To foster a healthy small press and literary magazine climate by reading new work and submitting my own.
  1. To introduce new friends to my core community, allowing us to grow louder and stronger together.
  1. To credit writers and presses publicly for their ideas, photos, and efforts, and to be genuine with praise.
  1. To celebrate every success in my community as a shared success. This is Main Street. Parades welcome.

Are those things you can pledge?

Are those things you can let others know about?

Once again, you can “sign the Pledge“, if you’re in the U.S.A.; or, do essentially the same thing if you’re outside the U.S.A., by filling out the form <— right there; which gets you the newsletter as well as, “…earning you access to literary community building tools, industry insights, and connections with #mainstreetwriters who are creating new opportunities in their cities.”

Is the Pledge talking about things we need?

I certainly think so; and, Laura’s reasons are powerful:

“The Main Street Writers Movement urges experienced writers to strengthen the national literary ecosystem through passionate engagement at the local level. Let’s honor and amplify our communities’ underrepresented voices. Let’s buy from local bookstores and small presses. Let’s leave our houses and dance in the streets to the sound of each other’s words.”


Do check out all the links I’ve shared; and, even if you’re not a writer, you can still join; and, even if you’re not in the U.S.A., you can still join ( Roz Morris said, “Laura’s vision is for a number of hubs around the US with live events and networking, but if you’re not one of her geographical neighbours, don’t be put off. Wherever your desk is (I’m waving to you from London), we can blog, tweet, share, meet IRL (heavens!). And support each other to do what we must do.”)


Here’s who should consider aligning with this new Movement:

“Writers, readers, booksellers, publishers, editors, publicists, agents, and anyone who wants to participate in the literary conversation.”

And, toward the bottom of this page on the site, there are more detailed descriptions of the Who (which I will now truncate; but, urge you to go read in their glorious fullness…):

“Writers whose voices are underrepresented”…

“Introverted writers”…

“Writers who have spent five or more years working on the craft and are frustrated”…

“Established writers”…

“go-to writers”…

“Debut authors”…

“Angry writers”…

“Feeling-ignored writers”…

“Writers who are tired of writing fluffy reviews about books they don’t particularly like due to a sense of obligation”…

“Those who are tired of staring at screens”…

“The writers who start podcasts and reading series, create publishing houses and literary magazines, volunteer for literary organizations, and those who stay up-to-date on the industry”…

“Publishers, agents, editors, and publicists”…

“Indie booksellers”…


Everyone who wishes more people were reading and talking about literature.

Check out All the Main Street Writers Movement Posts :-)

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Are All Writers Introverts? ~ and ~ Can An Introvert Do Book Promotion?

First, let’s clear up a misconception—introverts are shy.

Not true—introverts gain energy from the “Inside” and many an introvert can function out-front, as long as the environment doesn’t hamper their ability to access their inner self.

Perhaps I should give a few more indicators of what extroversion and introversion are (from Wikipedia):

Extroversion: “the act, state, or habit of being predominantly concerned with and obtaining gratification from what is outside the self”

Introversion: “the state of or tendency toward being wholly or predominantly concerned with and interested in one’s own mental life”

And! Ambiversion: “Although many people view being introverted or extroverted as a question with only two possible answers, most contemporary trait theories measure levels of extraversion-introversion as part of a single, continuous dimension of personality, with some scores near one end, and others near the half-way mark.”

So far, it seems a writer could be any of these three personality types—or, any of the infinite specific mixtures of Intro & Extro that exist in our human Family

Obviously, a writer’s basic psychological leanings would greatly affect the way they go about being a writer—their research style, the way they organize the writing, and their approach to publishing (and, promotion).

Ah, book promotion

Well, another clarification must be made:

The current, mostly world-wide, Culture is highly “extroverted”, which can pose incredible challenges for true introverts

Sometimes, a gross generalization can throw a bit of light on an issue.

Gross Generalization >>> Introverted writers can’t promote—Extroverted writers have an advantage in our current Culture.

The first part of that generalization is blown-away by this CopyBlogger article: 5 Ways an Introvert Can Build a Thriving Online Audience.

The second part of that generalization depends on one’s definition of “advantage”

Mini-Story >>> Once upon some time or other there was an extroverted writer. They read a lot in crowded coffee shops, took many notes about the details of their social life, conceived a book called How To Write A Bestseller, and wrote said book

They amassed 50,000 Facebook friends and began a loud pre-launch conversation, paid $5,000 dollars to have the book published, nearly bullied the local bookstores into showcasing the book, and secured the services of a prominent copywriter to develop a national PR campaign

They sold 100,000 copies of the book, broke-even financially, and disappeared from the social radar—End of Story.

Sure, I grossly exaggerated the extroversion but, in truth, came very close to describing actual examples in the current Book World.

Our Culture, in its commercial apparatus is mostly “extroverted” but, remember, many supposed extroverts are only acting like extroverts

And, many readers are introverts and can smell a fake extrovert from miles away :-)

So, if you’re still reading this post, you may be wondering where you fall on the introversion-extroversion-spectrum.

Take this survey

There are three additional psychological dimensions scored in that survey and the Site (through the link at “Self-Awareness And Personal Growth”) gives an adequate explanation of their importance.

And, for those readers who like to know more about the author of a blog, here are my scores:

Introvert (67%)  iNtuitive (88%) Feeling (38%)  Judging (11%)
  • You have distinctive preference of Introversion over Extraversion (67%)
  • You have strong preference of Intuition over Sensing (88%)
  • You have moderate preference of Feeling over Thinking (38%)
  • You have slight preference of Judging over Perceiving (11%)

So, if this particular blog post doesn’t seem to have a simple, direct approach to writers and their psychology, I can blame it on my introversion :-)

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