Book marketing for Indie writers

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Once again, I’ve plunged into the world of book marketing to try to learn something new that might help my books reach the readers they were written for. In my wild and wacky journeys I’ve found quite a few good websites and I thought it might be good Karma to share them with you!

Here’s a good one, enjoy!  Just Publishing Advice.com

A writer’s investment

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That’s a big question. How much should a writer invest in making their dream career a reality? I don’t mean the kind of investment that includes time writing and the work involved in developing their skills, which is such a huge topic I would never try to tackle it in one blog post, I’m specifically talking about how much money to spend.

Most people (that aren’t writers) assume that becoming a writer must be one of the cheapest things to do. I know, I used to be one of them. After all, the only thing a writer needs is a pen and some paper, right? How could writing ever be expensive?

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Well, to start with, almost universally writers write on computers, which are not free. Then they need Internet access, because they will need to look something up about every five seconds. Then they’ll need big chunks of quiet time, which usually means babysitters or pet-sitters will need to be hired. Sometimes writers will go so far as to even rent a hotel room just so they can get away and get some writing done.

Of course, they’ll need to subscribe to a wide variety of publications to continue to hone their skills and to keep up to date with the writing community. The publications are rarely free. Not to mention they will want to buy plenty of books in their genre so they can see what their peers are writing.

And then when their manuscript is finally done, that’s only the beginning of the costs of being a writer. For indie writers, they have to start thinking about add campaigns and book store tours, both of which is paid for out of pocket. They can also drum up business by attending conventions. Again, these are rarely free and generally paid out of pocket.

For many, these costs just keep adding up and they find that they can’t afford to keep writing. Sad, isn’t it?

That’s why I think writer’s should see writing as a career like investing on the stock market. Don’t pay more out than you can afford to loose. Because, unfortunately there is no guarantee that all your efforts and financial investments will pay off.

Too bad there’s no such thing as writer’s insurance. So writers could pay one low monthly fee and the insurance would cover the expenses of a writing career. That would be awesome!

If you wish there was such a thing as writer’s insurance or if you’d just like to share your opinion on this, please leave a comment below.

Write what you like?

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Everyone’s heard the saying “Write what you know”, but more recently writing teachers and experts have been saying “Write what you like”. For a long while I’ve been taking this to heart and writing the genre of stories I most liked to read. Mostly light comedy love stories with fantasy elements. I liked reading comedy. I liked reading light romance. I liked reading fantasy. So, if I put these three genres together, I should be writing the best stories I could be writing, right?

img_0257Unfortunately, I’ve hit a awful lot of speed bumps along the way. The first one was comedy, I like reading it, but it’s a lot harder to write than it looks. Just because I think it’s funny doesn’t mean everyone else will. Romance was the next problem, my personal experience with romance has been pretty boring. I’ve never been in a relationship where someone vowed undying devotion or gave some grand gesture of affection. My life has been filled with little sparks of gentle warmth, endearing, but note exactly page turner moments. Writing fantasy has been my smallest struggle. My problem with fantasy is that I’m usually trying so hard to be original that my story just becomes kind of weird.

The end result of my writing attempts is usually good, but not as good as I wish it was. Strangely, my horror stories have been widely critiqued as being really good, much better than my fantasy stories. But I don’t really like reading horror that much. In fact, it’s been years since I’ve read a horror book.

IMG_0242So, when should an author consider changing their preferred genre? Should a writer write a certain genre just because they are good at it? Or should an author stay with their favorite genre to read no matter how long it takes them to become good at writing it?

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Please leave a comment below.

 

P.S. I just added the photos because I thought they looked cool, no special meaning.