Years ago I was reading an issue of Writer’s Digest and came across this topic. I can’t remember the author of the article but at the end of it was her Twitter handle. I decided to follow her in hopes of learning more. Since then I have expanded my brand through Facebook, Twitter, Goggle+, Linkedin and a website just to name a few.
It takes time to cultivate one’s brand but it is, in my opinion, vital to each author out there. I mean after all, once you are done writing your book and the revisions and edits are all done, then what? No matter how you choose to publish how will you basically shout to the world about your book? Apart from friends and family how else can you let people know about it?
I started on my brand the minute the first draft of my first book, “Jasper, Amazon Parrot: A Rainforest Adventure”, was done. I didn’t wait until it was completely done, I didn’t wait until all the T’s were crossed and the I’s dotted. In fact when I started sending out query letters a good portion of the publishers wanted to know where I was online. Thankfully I was able to provide that information.
Like I mentioned it will take some time in the beginning, but start somewhere, anywhere, and grow from there. You don’t have to be all over the place for that will exhaust you and the sites that do work for you will not be fully run due to you trying to do it all. That was how I learned my lesson trying to be everywhere and not thinking that I was not giving each site enough love and attention it needed.
In due time it will get easier to update the sites to go and make a post or send out a relevant tweet to your followers. But, everyone, do start somewhere no matter how small no matter where just start. You want your book to shine. It deserves to shine.
Do you consider yourself a writer? And from that do you consider yourself an author? The definition of a writer according to Google:
-a person who has written a particular text
-a person who writes books, stories, or articles as a job or regular occupation
To them the definition of an author is
-a writer of a book, article, or report
-be the author of (a book or piece of writing)
So why do I hear from fellow writers from my meetings, online interactions or at conferences people that they are not writers? I have replied the same way each time that they are writers in every sense and give them examples.
But that tactic doesn’t work it seems for I still hear it. Not from those who have told me in the past for they know my answer but from new people they still do.
Granted when I first started I thought until I was published that I did not consider myself one either. It was people from one writer’s group that drilled it into us, telling us that we were not allowed to say we were not writers in the meeting for we were all considered as such.
So, I get it. I just don’t know how to reply anymore when I hear it now. I guess until they start believing it themselves no one else will be able to change their mine. But worse others will start to believe it as well.
Last week I met three friends who are writers. We meet weekly, we keep the group at just us four and we have the best of times. One of them told me that a member of a larger group that we are both part of told her, “I don’t need an editor. You guys are my editors.” I don’t remember for sure but I think my mouth dropped. While a writer’s group is great for small edits, plots, pace and loop holes just to name a few, we are not a full proof editorial services company.
Sadly there are writers who do feel this way. A few things can go wrong in this setting. For this particular group and member she is at every meeting, makes sure she submits every single time and hates it when time gets away from the meeting. This is what happened for her to make that remark. You may submit a manuscript that will get tossed in file 13 for the errors found inside. Plus the dynamics of the group can change for her if this is her only place where she will get help for her work.
Editors are expensive. I mean EXPENSIVE. While my two publishers have editors on staff to go over my manuscript you have to submit a top-notch edited piece first to them not one riddled with mistakes. I’m blessed in the sense my editor is spot on amazing.
There are places one can find an editor if one can’t afford the prices. I have heard of writers asking professors from colleges or high school, editors just starting out on their own and even English majors who are about to or just graduated.
One spends so much time on writing their manuscript including editing and revising it. Your work deserves the best shot at making it, why sell itself short?