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!