Why should Writers talk more?

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I always say a Writer is only as good as whom he/she talks to. “But isn’t writing what were supposed to do?” you ask. Sure. But talking, and more important, listening can do wonders.

Take my blog for instance. I love getting comments from people. It drives my blog. And when I respond I go over to their blogs and follow them. I learn more about them and build positive relationships in the process.

Yes I have some experience in publishing, but it’s always advantageous to see what the other Writer is talking about. You can usually learn valuable things from various sources. Fresh perspectives never grow old.

The same goes for people you meet in your daily life. Even someone you may not usually click with can offer you a new perspective on human nature. Great for character archetype construction.

And this is how you enrich your writing. By talking to others.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, publishing, and life. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.

 

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The path to writing success runs through this

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Some of the best experiences come from mistakes. And writers who learn from them put themselves in a strong position to achieve their literary goals.

But let me tell you something you’ve probably learned on your own, it’s a long, painful road to success. Good things take time, but you can gain experience without unnecessary frustration from networking with other authors.

Especially ones who’ve achieved success in the battlefield we call publishing.

Sure it may be tough to build relationships with such folks, but it can be done. Keep an eye out on who’s who in the book world, especially the names in your genre. Then, reach out to them and try to build a relationship.

Not everyone will gift you their time, but some just might. And it is through these relationships you can pick up valuable tips which you otherwise would’ve had to learn through trial and error.

I know this as a fact, since I was fortunate enough to find a lady who has achieved unprecedented success as an independent writer. Her debut book was a blockbuster, and she keeps going from strength to strength.

Again, it’s not easy, but if you get yourself out there and try and build genuine relationships with successful authors, you may just tap into some really invaluable advice.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, publishing, and life. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.

Why are blog comments important?

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Blogs are great for getting yourself out there. But you know what’s even better than a blog? A blog where your followers post comments and interact with you. It’s tough at first, I know. I’ve been there, but once you get a few conversations going, it can help you build momentum.

Blog comments can be achieved by posting helping topics, interacting with those who leave comments, and visiting other blogs and leaving your own comments. I think for those of us with the gift of gab, this is a great occurrence. You’re turning followers into friends, and that can help you spread your message. Or get exposure for your products. It doesn’t have to be for profit though, usually the best thing is knowing that you’re helping connect your blog to a network of other blogs, run by people who share the same interests as you.

And what can be better than that?

T.A. UNER is the Author of various published novels and short stories. Please follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, publishing, and life. By subscribing to his blog posts you’ll have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. Sorry! Spam not included.

Making Word-of-Mouth work for you

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So you’ve got a new book out. Great. So do tons of other writers. But I’m broke you say. I’ve spent all my money on editing and hiring a great artist to design my book cover.

Not all of us can afford expensive advertising, and even if we could,I doubt it would help that much. Sure you’d get your name out, but that only works for established “big-name” Authors.

So where does that leave you? Well, in a way it’s good because this is how you develop your marketing skills. Develop ties with reviewers and readers. Go on blog tours. Get your name out there. It’s a crap shoot, but nobody said the writing business was easy.

Just remember to keep your expectations in check. I’m not saying you should give up all hope of becoming a brand-name author, but focus on writing the best book possible (yeah I know it’s cliche, but that’s the best advice for selling a book) and letting the Book Gods decide if they will shine a bit of literary success your way.

In the end you must enjoy the process. This isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. It’s more about the journey, and becoming the type of person that doesn’t quit just because the situation gets difficult.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various published novels and short stories. Please follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, publishing, and life. By subscribing to his blog posts you’ll have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. Sorry! Spam not included.