Anyone who’s ever flown into Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans knows that the airport’s code—MSY—does not make sense. Lagniappenola explains. The “M” part of the airport’s code is from its earlier name, when the Crescent City’s airport was named for John Moisant, an early aviator. He was the first to fly across the Atlantic with a passenger.
Two passengers, in fact, including Mlle Fifi, pictured here on his shoulders.
Moisant was also the first to fly a plane in NOLA airspace. He died in New Orleans while landing a plane in a tailwind (not advisable). I hope the kitty wasn’t with him. She surely wouldn’t have used one of her lives trying to fly with the wind.
Lagniappenola’s headline reads: “MSY: An Airport Named after a Crash.”
Change is good.
Authors write out of passion for their subject. They’re dreamers and artists. But, says Susan Spann, a mystery author and practicing attorney specializing in publishing, contracts, and intellectual property rights, once the book’s done authors have to put on a completely different hat.
“Dreamers get taken advantage of,” she says.
Spann was on a panel last weekend on the business of writing. It was sponsored by the Colorado Authors’ League. Kenn Amdahl, who has been self-publishing for years, was also on the panel. He self-publishes only his own books, which include Calculus for Cats (which I remember on my mother’s bookshelf) and There Are No Electrons: Electronics for Earthlings. He earns a living from this, pretty inspirational for all of us in the room. Sandra Bond, the principal at Bond Literary Agency was also there.
Bond impressed me with her knowledge of the industry, her savvy, and the fact that she doesn’t seem at all burned out.
Spann had great advice for self-promotion via blogging and Facebook for authors. Her rules:
- Post regularly
- Write entertainingly and helpfully
- No sex
- No religion
- No money
- No politics
That’s unless you’re writing about those things. She also said that Facebook is fine for publicity. That’s where she regularly posts, rather than on her website.
I’m finally realizing that events like this are just as important as are writers conferences. They’re sources of inspiration and opportunities to talk with other writers. When I was on staff at a publication, there were always reminders to be professional and get to work. Freelancers need to seek out those reminders.