Great Stuff from the Writers’ Blogs, July 10, 2012

Writing well, then getting people to do more than “Like” your work, to actually BUY it, are what’s on the menu today. Let’s start with something fun:

  • Keith Cronin (@KeithCronin) admits he’s one of “them,” The Bipolar Writer, on Writer Unboxed. But far beyond being merely confessional, his witty post offers helpful hints on how to, maybe not celebrate that nature, but to take advantage of it when possible and deal with it when it’s being cranky.
  • In The Reader Must Want to Know What Happens Next, Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) gives us an excerpt from Lisa Cron’s (@LisaCron) book Wired for Story, in which she deals with six questions an author must ask and answer in order to grab the reader right from the beginning.
  • Then there are three posts dealing with marketing:
    • Jon Bard’s (@CBIClubhouse) guest post on DIY MFA has to be one of the best posts on the topic I’ve seen. How to Build a Network of Fans is clever, creative, and fun, but it also makes the point that it often takes time–even years–to be an “overnight success.” But the rewards for that effort…well, take a look. This one’s a keeper.
    • Becky Johnson’s (@beckyajohnson) Profits from Back-of-the-Room Sales on WordServe Water Cooler deals with sales on a smaller scale, but every sale counts. Don’t be distracted by her focus on things for women and children in this piece. Instead, use it as a jumping-off place for work in your own genre.
    • And finally, Kathryn Lilley (@kathrynelilley) admits on The Kill Zone that she’s Rethinking the “Like” Button. After you see her reasons why, you may well be, too. Did you know, for example, that “liking” a product gives the producer the right to include your name in their advertising, unless you opt out? Do you know how to opt out? Hmmm. Liker beware! Thanks, Kathryn!


2 comments on “Great Stuff from the Writers’ Blogs, July 10, 2012

  1. Thanks Ross, glad you enjoyed my post on building a fan base. A key aspect of what I’m speaking to writers about is the need to study what\’s happened in the music industry over the past decade, as it provides a nice template for how writers should go about their business right now. No need to reinvent the wheel — it’s right there waiting for us to pick it up and put it to use!

    • Thanks, Jon. While you’re not the first person I’ve seen who’s noted how the music industry has already been through what the publishing industry is going through now, you made the best practical connection/lesson learned from it that I’ve seen. And the “hook” of the musician who brought in a cool quarter million in one day was certainly an attention-getter! 🙂 I would say “we should all be so lucky,” but it wasn’t luck that got her that result, it was skill, talent, creativity, and a lot of work. Good for her!

      Thanks again for your post.

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