PAULA'S SOUTHAMPTON BLOG: From Localism Posts To A Book...Sound Like A Good Idea?

From Localism Posts To A Book...Sound Like A Good Idea?

From Localism Posts To A Book...Sound Like A Good Idea?

I wrote a post in 2010 about my adventures in blogging here on ActiveRain. Most of my posts are about The Hamptons with local information and history being my focus....and I do review some of my posts from time to time. 

I thought it could be quite enlightening to read this one again since it had to do with my ultimate goal of writing a book. I just wanted to see what I was thinkng about back then.  To my total surprise and joy, I discovered that I was on my way, at that point,  to writing a book.

I began my book last year and started with short stories that have evolved into something much deeper. It is fiction because I found there are so many stories that can include the really good things about The Hamptons if told in story form...

It is a book of fiction but based on many of my life experiences living here in this bucolic place called The Hamptons. I want to convey the REAL stuff that The Hamptons is made of, stepping away from all the celebrity and over the top, luxurious lifestyle that it has become.

Just to bring you all up to date, I started that book, right here on AR and there are several chapters that have been published here. I used the "Localism" posts that I had written over the years (I joined AR in 2007) and even though the first few years were relatively unproductive in terms of really good posts and features, I stuck with it.

Please read the post below here that began my inspiration to write a book; if you want to see the portions that were already published here on ActiveRain, go to:

If you feel like it, (and I always do appreciate a good critique!) Please leave your comments. There are re-writes to come, of course, before the book will be ready to publish officially and there are several more chapters to come. But I like the idea of an interactive experience with writing and ActiveRain is such a good place to get good opinions!

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Written on 4/22/2010

BLOGGING MY WAY TO WRITING A BOOK!!!...SOMETHING WE ALL CAN DO!

After reading a featured post today about how Activerain has been such a vaulable source of business for Susan Goulding ("What A difference an Activerain Blog Makes--a Retrospective") and responding to her inspiring post I decided to consider something: WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF I TOOK MY LOCAL POSTS AND PUT THEM  TOGETHER IN A SORT OF HYPER-LOCAL TRAVEL-LOG? Then I discovered/realized something: I have been BLOGGING MY WAY TO WRITING A BOOK!!!...SOMETHING WE ALL CAN DO!

 I have been blogging since 2007 and it has been a challenge to get a lot of public attention, especially since I live in a resort/second home area--so, finding that I am not on the radar that the person looking for a primary residence is on, I decided to take the approach of revealing the precious information that no one really knows about the Hamptons....giving people a place to read about the wonderful things to do here in the Hamtpons, should you choose to visit here...as a reWRITING A BOOK FROM YOUR BLOGSsult, I have begun to write a travel log--not even close to being published but it will all come together one day after I have shared some of the most spectacular, funny, historical, and revealing things that make the Hamptons one of the greatest treasures in the USA! The person who buys a house here in the Hamptons is the one has visited here and has fallen in love with the "light", the weather, the beaches, the culture, the artists, the food, the wild life, the life style and just about everything else you can imagine about a place to have a second home---or a primary one!  Here's how to develop the possiblity:WRITING A BLOG

Isn't it a good idea to review some of your posts?--Look back to the early days too (sometimes those are the best, freshest and genuine ones) and look for the juicy themes, the ones with lots of meat to them. That is where you will get a "thread" of an idea and then start blogging away like mad on the theme!!

It just may be another "travel-log" for some OTHER area, unwritten about or just more revealing than most other books that have covered your part of America. I have found the books that have been written about the Hampton's in the past are good but they all share one common theme: BOARING!!! The most colorful ones are the cookbooks and coffetable books---but there are not that many and there is room for lots more!!!...and don't forget the new "readers" like the ipad or even Kindle...these are new venues for good reading and I think a place to keep in mind when you are writing.

BLOG AWAY

So, join me on a campaign of writing something of value from our precious treasury here on Activerain! I would love to hear if someone has already done that? Have YOU written posts that you think would make a great book? (big or small) I think that is something to consider at least--and share whatever you think you can without giving out TMI..:)...Let your creative juices flow and lets see who can do it first!!!

 THANK YOU,  ACTIVRAIN FOR BEING A PLACE OF IDEAS AND INSPIRATION! ...WHO KNEW THIS PLACE COULD BE SO FRUITFUL AND CREATIVE TOO!!! 

 

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Paula I. Hathaway, Senior Broker Associate, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Southamtpon Village Real Estate Specialist since 1995;  Also Specializes in North Sea, Noyac, Water Mill and Bridgehampton, New York

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Comment balloon 14 commentsPaula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA • July 30 2018 02:22PM

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Hi Paula,
I have been seriously considering compiling some of my AR posts into a book.  Are you going to do a "real" print version book, electronic version or both? 

Posted by Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services" (U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.) 4 months ago

HI Carol--Thanks for reading and also reading the other posts that I did sometime ago! My book will be a published book, I think, although I have thought about electronic versions, specifically for Kindle and that sort of reading. I really have a way to go before I am ready to publish anyway. I think you should begin to pull some of your posts together and see what you come up with---I chose local settings because I have such a desire to make people aware of the way of life here that is NOT celebrity driven...My story line is ultimately geared to tell the story of Fred and his family's struggles to keep the family farm in one piece...and their attempts to save it from the developers who are running rip-shod all over the place here.Again, thanks for reading and commenting! Good luck with your book too!!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 4 months ago

Paula,

Of course it is a good idea if it makes your heart sing doing.  That is the only opinion one needs, in my opinion.

We are writing a book that may incorporate some of our posts, and another one on relationships...both bring sparkles to our eyes.   All the best to you.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 4 months ago

Hi Alexandra: Thanks for reading--Good luck with your book too! I really find AR is the best place for inspiration--especially since I am writing about this area while incorporating local scenes and expericences. I hope to be able to find a publisher in the next 3 months or so---it may take a lot longer than that but since this is my first book--I am willing to take the time to find the right one! 

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 4 months ago

Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA - You have talent! I just read all your links to your previous stories you wrote earlier on AR. They were so great! I thoroughly enjoyed each one and look forward to reading your book when published. 

I wish you so much luck and happiness. Thank you for sharing your special talent.  Truly, you are my inspiration!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 4 months ago

That's an excellent idea, Paula!  I say, go for it, and good luck in the endeaver!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 4 months ago

Hi Patricia: You are so kind! Thank you dear, and I hope I don't disappoint at the time I publish--it is not an easy thing do to get a publishers attention!  I am keeping an open mind though and looking for alternatives in case I can't get published--Also, look for a few more chapters. I have several more written and am working on re-writes now.

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 4 months ago

Hi Myrl: Thank you so much for your support---Everyone here on AR is so encouraging! I couldn't ask for more at this stage! I am so thankful to have found this platform and all my friends here on ActiveRain!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 4 months ago

Hi Paula,
Thanks for the encouragement.  I love the premise of your book.  My book will be very different than yours.  It will be more of a non-fiction, geared toward real estate agents.  Maybe a daily reading / motivational format.  Haven't quite nailed that down yet.  

I'll look forward to reading more Fred stories.  

Posted by Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services" (U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.) 4 months ago

Hi Carol: Good luck with that idea--it is much needed right now, I think! It is not easy to find the time to finish this book up--it may take me longer than I anticipated but I am well on my way and I think this is a great platform to use for this kind of writing--Maybe the AR Gods did not know what they were doing when they set this platform up but if it generates this kind of creativity, and more members feel comfortable enough to use it for this--I think it is great!! Again, thanks and Good Luck!!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 4 months ago

That is awesome Paula. I think many of us talk about doing something like this but never get around to it. You proved it can be done.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 4 months ago

Hi Debbie--Well, I haven't completed it yet but I am working on it--It is a work of love and it will take a while before it is ready for publication; but thank you for your thoughtful comment!!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 4 months ago

Hi Paula! I LOVE this idea and what I find so coincidental is that I just purchased a book by a 'local' with information about our area. Before I gave it to clients and bought more copies, I thought I would read it myself. I cannot believe how little information people know about this area that haven't lived here that long! 

I see that all the time online but, just don't pay attention to it but, I would never write something in a book for the ages, without deep research on the topic...any topic!

Great idea, Paula and I do hope to see your book on The Hamptons on bookshelves soon!!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 4 months ago

Hi Debe: Thanks for your encouragement! It is all inside with much of it written but it won't be finished until next year I guess--I have been speaking to editors and others who work for publishers and it looks like a  really big project. I am certain it will happen faster than I think but I have to rely on the word from those who are helping me to get it ready now. Thanks for your thougtful comment!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 4 months ago

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