Melanie Johnson & Jenn Foster co-owners of Elite Online Publishing, interview Lee Glover, author of “Field Trip: My Years on a Johns Island Farm,” exploring his journey from farmer to bestselling author and his unique approach to writing and publishing. Discover Lee’s invaluable insights and strategies for aspiring authors.
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What You’ll Learn In This Episode:
- Importance of Daily Discipline in Writing.
- Engagement with Local Communities for Book Promotion.
- The Power of a Strong ‘Why’ in Writing.
“I definitely believe in activity. So I didn’t feel like writing every day, but I did something every day. I would either watch a YouTube video or I would listen to a podcast, or I would do research, just something every day. And that combined activity kept me engaged.” (02:28)
“So feedback gave me confidence to take my book into a store and the first bookstore was Buxton Books, was very excited about it. So Just like writing the book activity gives confidence and create the same thing with marketing. So take one step and then two steps and keep building.” (06:31)
“Find out why you want to write this book. What is motivating you? What is your why? What do you want to do? What do you want the book to do? And once you have that, then I would start preparing myself acquiring information, whether it’s research or talking with other people similar subjects or genre but acquiring information, and because all of that gives you confidence to, to move on, but keep in mind why you want to do it.” (11:22)
About Lee Glover:
Lee Glover, a fifth-generation farmer on Johns Island, has a deep-rooted connection to the land. From his island childhood in the 1950s, walking through fields of crops near his home, to witnessing the transformation of the island over decades, Glover’s passion for farming and his tight-knit community shines through.
In his book, “Field Trip”, Glover takes us on a captivating journey through the history of Johns Island, preserving its unique heritage and highlighting the enduring bond among its people. From the peak of the tomato industry in the 1980s to its eventual decline by the year 2000, Glover was intimately involved in the drastic changes that shaped the island’s landscape. As the farming industry waned, tourism and development grew, providing Glover with a firsthand account of the island’s evolution.
Outside of his farming endeavors, Glover finds joy in spending time with his beloved family, including his children and grandchildren. He actively participates in his church, where he has served as a dedicated lay reader for over twenty-five years. When he’s not with his loved ones, Glover enjoys tennis, travel, and connecting with long-time friends from his days on the farm.
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