I’m still trying to figure out writing as a career. It’s one thing to do it as a hobby, but a totally different animal to try to make a living out of it (you may thank me now, fans of the obvious.) Not that I’m trying to make a living from it. Yet. Here are some of my thoughts…
WRITE MORE. PUBLISH MORE. REPEAT OFTEN.
It’s one thing to talk about writing. I need to actually produce.
- Write fiction every day, whether I feel like it or not
- Try different avenues (non-fiction, audio, and so forth)
- Keep up with my craft (study, research, and talk to other writers)
Over the past few years, I’ve been slowly trying to establish an online presence. To be honest, I need to ramp that up a bit. Here are some things I’m considering:
- Blogging oftener
- Starting an e-newsletter (quarterly)
- Commenting oftener and on more blogs
- Following more blogs
- Facebook-ing and Tweeting oftener and with more intentional posts
- Researching what does and doesn’t work for online sales
- Following more people on Twitter
Lady Catherine Says: 365 Tweets of Condescension goes into print this December (2017.) My editor is working on the last twenty pages, and I need to give my cover artist a nudge. That’s been on my mind, and it’s important. But I need to have a plan in advance for AFTER (and more before) the release if I want the book to sell. Here are some of my plans:
- Book signings
- Book reviewers
- Ads on Jane Austen sites (partner with one to sell copies?)
- Book launch (in person and online)
- Book tour (?)
Then there’s the ideas on the back burners, percolating; the projects I’m writing; the projects I’m editing; and the projects I’m looking for a homes for. Lots going on in a very small kitchen.
Any advice for me? I’m all ears!
Keep your pen on the page,