Q: Why did you decide to write this book?
Author: After almost 25 years of networking—starting Women on the Fast Track, participating in networking groups, obtaining fabulous clients because of networking, observing others when they were networking, I felt like I had something to say! Fast Track Networking is a culmination of everything I’ve learned squished into 244 pages so that hopefully others can learn what to do, what not to do, and when to do it!
Q: Do you have any secret writing tips you’d like to share?
Author: I don’t think so… I had a fabulous co-author, Claudia G. Copquin, who is a seasoned writer and author of many articles for major news outlets and is also the author of a previously published book. Having someone that knows how to take someones rambling thoughts (mine) and put them into sentences that make sense for the reader was my only “secret”
Q: Tell us a quirky or funny story about you!
Author: Once I received a direct mail letter from Computer Associates, a very large company on Long Island that was signed by the president, Charles Wang. Everyone in business on Long Island (and off) wanted to do business with Computer Associates and everyone wanted (and still wants) a “piece” of Charles. He is articulate, funny, super successful and to say you work with Computer Associates in any capacity is a major feather in your cap. This direct mail letter started off by saying : Dear Lucy, As a fellow businessman, I know what it’s like to walk in your shoes.
As the old saying goes, that really got my Irish Up!
My immediate thought was, no way did Charles approve this. No way did this get mailed to me with anyone’s knowledge. So, I went to payless shoes, bought a pair of the highest heeled, cheesy looking shoes I could find, and I pasted our agency logo on the inside, where the shoe’s label was. I had my artist decorate the shoe box with our branding, and I wrote a letter back that basically said “As a woman business owner, you have no idea what it’s like to walk in my shoes.”
I received a call from Charles’s assistant the day I had the shoes and shoebox delivered- asking if I would like an appointment with Charles. I met with him, we had a delightful two hour meeting. He was delightful and just as smart as I had been led to believe and no, he didn’t know about the direct mail piece. We talked a lot about various projects that my agency would be suited for, we discussed having us handle some of his work, we ended up coordinating a couple small projects on his behalf- and it was great! Over the years, I have run into Charles at various events and he knows who I am. Haven’t hit the homerun with him- in terms of big business—but that’s OK with me, I don’t think he will ever forget that not all shoes are created equal!
Q: Have you ever battled writer’s block? How do you deal with it?
Author: Absolutely! I can’t write anything without a title. If I don’t have a title or a theme, I find it almost impossible to write the first sentence, develop an outline, even start thinking of what the main point is! When I don’t have a title, I will spend all my waking hours “playing” with ideas, writing them all down, talking to others about my idea or ideas, until it’s right. I also can’t write well unless it’s early in the morning. I’m best from 4am-7am and I know it! I don’t even try to write in the late afternoon or evening, because nothing I write makes sense at that time!
Q: What’s your favorite quote?
Author: “What would you attempt to do if you knew you couldn’t fail”
Q: Who inspires you the most?
Author: Women and men that have the courage to leap into the entrepreneurial world to follow their hearts and start their own businesses.