A few months ago, I wrote a post It Takes a Village to Keep a Writer Writing and a Runner Running. In that article, I talked about the need for writers’ groups, a place to go when you’re struggling with your writing and need direction, or you’ve hit a milestone and want to share the news, or just need a shoulder to lean on.
I’m fortunate to be a member of a writing community called Kentucky Independent Writers (KIW). We are an eclectic group of men and women representing various genres who have all gone the self-publishing route for the same reason—control over our writing, our own small business. There are various levels of success among the authors, but one thing is certain, we all support and nurture each other’s journey.
KIW is our own little Chamber of Commerce.
Out of the group of thirty-plus authors, graphic artists, and editors, we decided to publish our first quarterly KIW Sampler. This is a compilation of the first chapters from nine authors who write romantic suspense, young adult, erotic BDSM, and time travel. This is one of the ways we can cross-market our work.
Another way is product placement.
“What? A book isn’t a store."
Well, in a way, it can be. In THE RUBY BROOCH, I found two places where I could “place” a friend’s book—just a brief mention. Then at the end of the book, I included sample chapters.
Marketing is not something I signed up for when I decided to be a writer, but it goes hand in hand with being a member of the “Chamber of Commerce.”
I hope you have a local or virtual village of writer friends because it takes one to keep a writer writing!
If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
- Notes from Tabor Lane: Writing & Marketing tweets from December 26 http://ow.ly/gnula
- Why Marketers Shouldn't Discount Tumblr http://ow.ly/gmVQV
- How to Edit Your Novel in 3 Steps: http://t.co/xkTDV6A3 @Beth_Barany RT @elizabethscraig
- How is Your Muse Awesome? http://ow.ly/gnut2 "Well, an awesome muse is one that comes up with unique ideas that make you want to write."
- Can print books & eBooks coexist? http://ow.ly/gnuC4
- A Book Cover’s Evolution—Embrace of the Daimon http://ow.ly/gnuNB by Joel Friedlander. Very interesting!
- How Social Media Has Helped Save The Film Industry [INFOGRAPHIC] http://ow.ly/gnv8E
- Amazon’s Jeff Bezos gets more kudos, but challenges loom http://ow.ly/gnvbf
- Facebook Offers Midnight Message Delivery For New Year’s Eve http://ow.ly/gnvm1
- An Author’s Guide to Fan Fiction http://ow.ly/gny5F by @jamigold
- The Word of the Year for 2012 http://ow.ly/gnyhT via Daily Writing Tips
- E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines http://ow.ly/go1FY
- E-books aren’t just for e-readers: A deep dive into the data http://ow.ly/go1RW
- How to Write a Book Marketing Plan: Begin with the End in Mind: http://t.co/nZ4cGBem RT @elizabethscraig
- Public Relations for Authors: Getting Out the Word about Your Book http://ow.ly/go23s
- Well-known mystery writers on writing clues into their stories: http://t.co/L6mcaSYE @junglereds RT @elizabethscraig
- How Many Facebook Apps Gained Access To Your Personal Info In 2012? http://ow.ly/goomE Do you know?
- Are You An Author, Publisher And Entrepreneur? You Should Be. Interview With Guy Kawasaki http://ow.ly/gooxx via @thecreativepenn
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Happy writing & running, Kathy