Hello everyone, time for another fabulous Marketing Mondays tip.

This week we’re discussing how important you and your actions are to the writing community. But, first a NanoWriMo update.

I’m waiting to validate my 2012 win. I have the story written out, even the epilogue. I finished at just over 59K words. The ending is quite different {not completely} from what I’d planned. I’m happy with the results. In Dec I’ll start revisions and the editing process.

Now, onto the Marketing tip.

Just getting your name out there isn’t enough! It doesn’t matter how well you market your books, or how many books you market. If you don’t market weekly, you’re not going to maximize your sales.

You are a writer first and foremost, but, as a self publisher, you also carry the full responsibility of marketing your books.

The writing community is vast and most members are happy to welcome new members into the fold. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help while you’re learning the ropes. We’ve all had help at some point. What makes the writing community so awesome is how helpful we are to each other.

Each member is a valued member of the team, and should be treated as such.Embrace your unique writing style, don’t hide it and don’t ever apologize for being unique!

You need to stay active in the community. No matter how busy your schedule is, make time for the writing community as a whole. Even if it’s just a couple hours a week.

Every customer should be valued. Treat them with respect. Word of mouth plays a big role in our business, so be respectful. If you bitch at your customers, not only do you lose their business, but anyone else they talk to might avoid you to.

Same goes for your critique partners. You’re a professional, and if you want to be treated like one, act like one. Once you become part of the online community, everything you say and do reflects on you, professionally, and personally.

Especially on Twitter.

Once it’s on the web, it’s out there for good. So think before you mouth off to someone. Think long, and hard about how it reflects you as a person and a professional.

Writing is fun, and expressive, but it’s a serious business. If you can’t gracefully take the abusive rants bound to crop up from time to time, don’t bother trying to make a career of writing.

Treat others how you want to be treated. I know, it’s cliche, but profound. Learn it, live by it. Chances are you’ll be a lot happier if you do.

Does anyone have anything they would like to add? Have you ever said, or done anything you wish you could take back {professionally}?

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About kittyb78

Catrina Barton is a licensed Kung-Fu Instructor of the Black Dragon style, and draws on that experience to make her fight scenes both realistic and action packed. She enjoys being surrounded by the stark beauty of mother nature. Whether it's a moon-lit starry sky, or a picnic by a peaceful waterfall cascading from the mountain side. Growing up no matter where she was physically, she always had at least one book in her hands and spent every free moment lost in a book. It's only natural that as she grew up, her passion for reading grew into an even stronger passion for writing, especially Young Adult Paranormal Romances. She is a proud member of many writing and marketing groups, and an active participant at Critique Circle and several other crit groups. Favorite personal quote: "An author cannot grow without both constructive criticism and encouragement."

4 responses »

  1. Emma says:

    You’re finished already? Well done.

  2. Congratulations on your win! I have just hit 35,125 words and the pressure is high, but I will succeed… Great words of wisdom also, thanks!

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