As an aspiring writer, you’re launching a startup. Mine is extremely young–a little over two months at this point–but I’ve learned this much from it, at least. And even though I had originally assumed that my blog wouldn’t venture into the saturated domain of writers writing about writing, it looks like I’ll be going back on that.
So, the similarities to a startup are fairly obvious. For the most part, it’s just you at first. You wear many hats, such as content creator, VP of marketing, web administrator, etc.–the list can be fairly daunting. As a result, you face the same need to put in extra hours for this startup–sacrificing just to get it off the ground. You know that it requires time, and you wait patiently, taking care to nurture your young endeavor as it grows. And you put that effort in willingly, aiming for that goal in the not-too-distant future where you’ll gain recognition and get some financial backing, thus enabling further growth and success.
And in accepting this mindset, I’ve found that a lot of startup advice works very well for me. I’ve programmed for small companies that straddle the grey area of startup definitions, and I’ve created my own development business on the side, so I’ve been fortunate enough to try out a variety of tips to find ones that work well. As a result, I went into my writing venture with some marketing experience under my belt. Of course, since it’s a new market, I’ve had to reprogram much of my thinking. While certain tips might prove successful for companies I’ve worked for, they often need to be tweaked, if not drastically altered or even ditched when applied to publishing. In addition, the new market opens doors on a variety of tips I never considered previously.
So with that in mind, this is my announcement that I plan to share tips over time on top of my regular writing. I prefer detailed advice, because generalities that say,”Find what works, then do it!” are never useful. Unfortunately, that sort encompasses much of what you read on the web these days–at least in my hunt. In the hopes of helping as many people as possible (or attracting as many readers as possible–I won’t judge), a majority of the advice is rather nebulous. More specifically, I’ll be sharing those details that have worked for me in marketing my fiction so far. This will mean that a good number might not find it useful, but to those who do, I’m glad I can provide some assistance.
More than that, I plan to share myths that I’ve found perpetuated online. These myths are a mixed bag containing varied amounts of truth. And while they tend to contain at least some truth, and some contain much truth, all can be rather toxic to a new writer if followed blindly–or in some cases if followed at all. This will be my primary focus, because the wrong advice can be discouraging or might even derail a new writer. Of course, I’ll explain why I’ve found these myths to be such, as failing to do so would violate my earlier promise to provide details.
But please keep in mind through it all that I’m new at marketing my novel. So I don’t write as an expert. I write as one who has found useful advice, as well as one who has found gaps in some of the more popular bits of wisdom out there. This means that if you take my word without sound reason and testing for your particular situation, then that would be bad. Instead, I encourage all who are seeking advice to weigh mine along with the advice of many others and see what works for you.