8 ways authors are like … PENGUINS
April 25 is World Penguin Day – so of course we did a little digging and discovered 8 ways authors are like penguins.
- Like penguins, good authors are adaptable. Though penguins are flightless birds, they have adapted flippers to help them swim in the water.
- Like penguins, which typically live on islands or in other secluded areas, authors frequently need isolation or seclusion.
- Like penguins, good authors have a diverse appetite (for other writers’ works). Penguins don’t eat the same thing every day; they consume a range of fish and other marine creatures that they catch underwater.
- Like penguins, successful authors split their time (between writing and marketing). Penguins spend about half their time in the water; the other half of the time, they hang out on land.
- Like penguins, successful authors do a little at a time. Emperor Penguins are able to remain underwater for about 20 minutes at a time.
- Like penguins, smart authors leverage the power of their fellow authors (to market, do book signings, garner reviews, blog, share info via social media, etc.). Emperor Penguins often huddle together to keep warm in frigid Antarctica.
- Like penguins, authors are sometimes camouflaged. A penguin’s black and white plumage can help them blend with their surroundings while swimming. You, on the other hand, do not want to be hidden. If no one knows you’re written a book, they’re not going to guess by looking at you, so you’ve got to let them know!
- Like penguins, successful authors filter the yucky stuff! Penguins inevitably drink a lot of saltwater, but they have a way to get rid of it. The penguin’s supraorbital gland filters the salt from their blood, which they then excrete through their bills —or by sneezing!
Here’s to the penguins – ahem, authors – in your life!
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