Meet John Langan, business services director at the Penn Emblem Company. John has 20+ years of experience in brand management, managing print and digital advertising, corporate identification, trade shows, digital graphics and internal/external communications.
If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?
I would love to meet the first President of Ireland – Michael Collins. A revolutionary… who almost single-handedly brought the British Empire to its knees in the early 1900’s. He was a regular Joe, who kicked ass. I’d like to sit and chat with him over a Bushmills or two.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Do what you want, not what other people want you to do.
What is your favorite resource for writers?
Conferences like Pennwriters, and small gatherings like the Liar’s Club Writer’s Coffeehouses, and Noir at the Bar. Lots of energy that fits in with one of my keys to life and success – surround yourself with creative people!
What has been the most satisfying aspect of your literary career?
I guess that since I haven’t been published yet, the satisfaction is still to be discovered… out there… somewhere. But getting my blog off the ground was huge for me personally, and then getting read by people and interacting. Very cool.
What is your favorite tip for writers?
Just write. Especially first drafts… don’t count words, or worry about spelling or structure or chronology or even GENRE! Spill it out of your brain… stain the page with your brilliance! Then sweat the edits…
What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
My regular job? Working with clients… trying to get them to figure out that what they want is what I’m telling them they want. And after that, getting time to write what I want.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
iPhone – not to connect to anyone, but I must have my music and photos!
iPad would allow me to write.
Sunglasses – I hate squinting.
If you could ask a sage any question, what would you ask?
If you write a book about “failure” and it doesn’t sell, are you a success?
Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
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