Been reading your blog and it seems that quite a few people are not so much interested in having their work published and rather interested in writing or starring in movies about themselves. That's fine, it helps to see their aim. (starting out an email to me by patronizing the people who read this blog is stupid)
I have a question that I may already know the answer to, but would still enjoy seeing it: (yea, that's called masturbation and it'll give you hairy palms) I am a writer who has written several things, has a stack of 60 or so rejections, two or three publications and a reading in San Francisco under my belt. The reading was for (college), and after that I am hooked - strung out - addicted. I want more of it. How? (yea cause wanting to be the center of attention for college students is so much more high brow than say..wanting your book made into a movie)
A former professor at Arizona State told me to "write with a fury" and that the "writer is the one who stays in the room" - not that he was advocating me being a shut-in, just motivated and savvy to the time it takes. I've been writing and submitting to big journals, small journals, very few e-journals and it all seems rather hit-and-miss, like hunting butterflies with a shotgun from sixty paces . . . (yea, so?)
I'm not looking for an easier way, I'm looking for a more effective way. My system now of writing and polishing short projects and long projects concurrently with September and February submission seasons in mind helps me get the writing done - but isn't padding my resume. Should I consider columns and essays? Go the route of Nataro and Sedaris? Or should I just continue to follow Ron Carlson's advice and write when my fingers itch, and write with a fury?
What's the question? You want to have more readings? Hire a publicist. Meet event curators. Write a book and go on book tour.
Meanwhile, get your head out of your ass.