Friday, May 3, 2013
You Know This IS A Business
Good luck with making that work for you.
The first thing the writer should do is write. And the second thing s/he should do is be a reliable business partner. If you promise you'll write something, remember that a promise made is a debt unpaid.
Henry Cloud wrote a book, Integrity, wherein he says that success in any endeavor is a mix of three things. You have to know your stuff. You have to inspire trust in those you work with. AND you need the character not to screw it all up. People engage in self-sabotaging behavior all the time. If you're young and pretty, your encounters with the legal system can be the source of a lot of free tabloid publicity. These hijinks will give people reasons to look for Someone Else.
When you decide you want to get a book deal, that's the sort of thinking that will be going through potential agents and editors? Will this guy be a pain in the butt? Can this gal deliver a salable manuscript when I need it?
Sorry, but you've got to grow up a little bit in one corner of your life. The New York Times keeps track of the best SELLING authors, not the best WRITING authors. The most successful self-published author (in my opinion) of the Kindle/Nook ebook era is John Locke. He describes how he sold a million ebooks by doing all the things he did while building a successful insurance business. If you don't look too close, you'll see reminders of Amway's multi-level marketing.
The biggest successes in the near future of writing will include those who know how to put together a grass-roots sales organization. And then manage their writing and (perhaps) self-publishing as a business enterprise. Even if you go with a traditional publisher, they'll be looking at your "author's platform" to provide an unpaid adjunct to their own advertising and promotional departments.
So, you'd better set about to minding your business.
Posted by steve poling at 3:32 AM