Well, maybe not quite as boldly as I thought...
*Steps up to the microphone*
Is this thing on?
Hi. My name is Nikki Wilson a founder of this blog , Mormon Mommy Writers, whose motto is to "Change the World One Book at a Time". A recent class I attended about using the internet to help books on their way to becoming bestsellers helped me to realize that we can't do fulfill our motto if the world doesn't know about our books!
The first question I asked myself was how Mormon Mommy Writers could help the clean authors and books of the world use the very important tool of the internet. The answer I came up with is a little scary and very daunting. I am adding a Mormon Mommy Writers website that I hope will help us change the world with our books.
To begin with, the website will have two main features. One feature will be a list of links to MMW approved authors' websites. (The authors will basically agree to write books that don't glorify worldly things such as sex, drugs, alcohol, profanity, and violence.) The authors will also agree to link back to Mormon Mommy Writers. (This creates backlinks that will help all who are linked, at least that's my understanding.) The websites will be organized by genre. This will allow the authors to find other clean writers in their genre and link to each other. I hope this will promote a feeling of good will and community as we all try to show the world that good stories can be written without compromising the Lord's standards.
The next thing we need to do to make this work for us is attract readers. The feature I came up with to do this is a list of books, by genre, that are rated for their content and lists what each book contains so our readers can make informed decisions on their reading choices. This feature is the one that scares me the most. The vastness of this task, literally has me sick to my stomach and a voice in my head is telling me it will never work and to give up now. But after much prayer, I do feel like I need to give it a shot. The worse that can happen is that it doesn't take off. I'm using that perspective to move forward in this endeavor.
If you think this is a terrible idea, please, DON'T tell me! Trust me, there's nothing you can say that the voice in my head hasn't already said. But if you are willing to help me with this overwhelming project by either linking your website to mine, or by being willing to help rate books you have already read or will read, please, please let me know! I need so much help. Mostly, at this moment, I need confidence. So even if all you can do is cheer me on...I'll take it! Also, if anyone is willing to help me in organizing this, and having an administrative type roll, please let me know. I will choose my helpers through prayer.
Mormon Mommy Writer blog will still be at the same place and will be continuing to support writers in any way we can. We will have our annual short story contest coming up soon as well. Watch the blog for more information about when the website will be up and running.
I'm so thankful to be surrounded by such a wonderful community of writers. I know that together, we really can make the world a better place!