When I write I use my words as a communication source to express my ideas, turning those thoughts into novels or short stories. Writing for me is as natural as breathing and I do it because I love it.
This brings me to marketing guru and best-selling author, Seth Godin. He’s been called the “the ultimate entrepreneur for the Information Age” and in an article I recently read, he generously offers nineteen pieces of advice for aspiring writers.
The top three were really solid suggestions so I’ve listed them below:
1. Lower your expectations. The happiest authors are the ones that don’t expect much.
2. The best time to start promoting your book is three years before it comes out. Three years to build a reputation, build a permission asset, build a blog, build a following, build credibility and build the connections you’ll need later.
(I think this is good advice, however speaking only for myself, this one is unrealistic to me because I’m not that patient.)
3. Pay for an editor. Not just to fix the typos, but to actually make your ramblings into something that people will choose to read.
(If your budget does not allow for an editor then you should really make good use of your spelling and grammar check.)
Hope some of the tips helps some. Have a great day.
4 thoughts on “Writing Advice”
The thing about 3 years is actually a good idea. I think a lot of people have absurd expectations about getting published – expecting it to fly off the shelves because hey they wrote a book.
Yes when I read it, I thought it was very logical advice. That is the type of information I wished I had before I self-published. Instead I had to learn as I went along. Thanks for commenting.
With that in mind, even if someone is sitting on a book all ready to go, they’d be as well spending a year or so trying to drum up some publicity.
No argument here, duly noted. Thanks!