Are you just beginning your writing career? Follow these tips to make it a success:
- Dedicate time to your craft each and every day. Figure out when you are most productive and work with it. Do you get more done in the early morning, or are you a late starter? Work with your internal clock instead of against it. You may have to juggle other commitments to utilize your time, but if it means writing 1000 words as opposed to 300 go for it.
- Have a space you can call your own. It is ideal to have an office with door you can close. If you do not have the space for a separate office, at least have a room divider to section off your desk from the rest of your home. Inform family members when the wall is up they need to not disturb you.
- Spend time each day marketing and networking. If you are writing a book you will need to have a platform in place by the time it is finished. Having a platform will ensure sales as soon as it is released. It is up to you to build this platform, whether you self-publish or take the traditional publishing route. This includes maintaining contacts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest etc. Posting informative content to your website or blog is also a good way to increase your network. Commenting on others posts or blogs will also help with your site’s visitors; they will want to see who is behind those words and will click on your name. Be sure you have a link to your blog or website embedded in your signature.
- Stay organized. Keep your research notes in a binder or folder in your computer for easy access. Wouldn’t your time be better spent writing than searching?
- Take regular breaks. It is easy to get caught up in the writing process and sit at your computer for hours. This is not good for the mind or the body. Get up and walk around, do some stretches or put supper in the slow cooker. Taking the dog for a walk will help clear your mind and stretch your legs.
- Talk about your work with others. When you are out running errands mention your book or other writing projects when others ask what you do. Give them a business card with your website and/or email address. They may want to know what additional services you provide, such as copywriting or editing.
- Create books and reports which will sell. There is no point spending countless hours writing a book which has little or no demand. Do your research before you dive into the topic. Is the market saturated with your topic or does it not even show up in a search? You may have to rethink your strategy.
- Do not get completely caught up in your work. Take time for family and friends. Enjoy life! That is the reason behind writing is it not?
- Offer your products in more than one medium. For example, do not just publish e-books as not everyone has access to a computer or e-reader. Offer print, audio, digital and even video. The latter is great for book trailers or “How-To” articles.
By implementing the above tips you should see an increase in production and sales. Keep in mind it does take time to build your platform so do not get discouraged. Spend some time each and every day marketing and social networking, but don’t let it consume your entire day. An hour or two spent commenting, posting and advertising should be plenty. Spend the other few hours creating and writing. What you create today can be marketed and sold tomorrow.
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