When I first dreamt of becoming a writer, I imagined myself tucked away in a secluded cabin overlooking a lake. The prose would flow as freely and gently as the breeze gliding over the water.
And then, I woke up.
When I’m in my groove, I do feel the words come to me faster than I can type, but the wonderfully mysterious lives I believed authors to lead, has forever been replaced by the marketing machines they have had to become. This is not a bad thing.
The most successful of us have learned that we are in control of our own destiny. We treat writing like the business that it is. I, for one, am new to this business. But, I am following in the footsteps of ones who have blazed a trail for those of us who seek to build a readership and a brand.
Like any business, building it takes time and patience. I’ve never been one for having patience, but I’m working on it.
I spend time building relationships on social media and letting people get to know me as a person, not someone who just promotes books constantly (you know…spamming!). It’s challenging because you want to tell the world about your latest creation, but I believe people want to know who you are and what you stand for before trusting you enough to take a chance on your work. This is where the patience part comes in.
Authors in today’s ever-changing world of publishing have taken on the role of PR rep, agent and in many cases, publisher. It is a business and not one to be taken lightly if one wishes to achieve success. These are things I am only just beginning to learn.
The important part for me is listening to those who have come before me; paying attention to their successes and failures in hopes of choosing the correct path for myself.
Thanks for tuning in and I hope you learned a little bit more about me