One Writer’s Journey

February 24, 2014

Marketing: Stop It Now

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 1:15 am
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CraftI’d love to say I was surprised when I saw the post, Stop Learning How to Market Your Book . . . Please, from agent Scott Eagan.  In his post, Eagan calls to writers to stop taking classes on self-publishing, e-publishing and using social media to find readers.  Instead, he calls on readers to do something altogether different.

He begs them to learn their craft.

I’d love to say this plea surprises me, but it doesn’t.  We live in an instant society.  Dinners that used to take an hour or more in the oven (now called the conventional oven) can be nuked tasteless in 15 minutes are less.  Apps on your phone mean you don’t have to wait to get home to check your messages, send an e-mail or post a photo.  You can do it wherever you are, right this very minute.

Maybe that’s a bit part of why so many writers believe they should be published now.

Whether you plan to publish traditionally or self-publish, I’d like to second Eagan’s play.  Learn how to write.  Go to conferences with craft sessions.  Read books on the craft.  Attend a critique group with, if possible, published writers.  Read everything you can get your hands on.  Write and rewrite.

Study your craft first and your marketing second.  Be hard on yourself and be hard on your writing, because you better believe — your readers will be.



1 Comment »

  1. I’m very much working on this…simply writing and reading plenty. No hurry to publish.

    Comment by creativityorcrazy — February 24, 2014 @ 11:48 pm | Reply

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