Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wednesday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: James Scott Bell

Many folks, including your humble correspondent, feel that this is by far the best time on earth to be a writer. In the distant past (you know, before 2007) precious few scribes were ever able to eke out a reasonable living from scribbling alone.

That’s all changed.

Every month more writers are added to the roster of those making enough lettuce to consider leaving their day jobs. But even short of that, many more are making a side income that is significant and steadily growing.

I love this! I love it that more writers can now earn a fair, merit–based return on what they write.

Today, let’s forget about the prognostications, vitriol, cries of doom, and hand-wringing over the future of culture in general and publishing in particular. Today I want to talk about being a professional writer.

For two decades now I’ve studied, analyzed, and practiced what works in this arena. I have determined that writers who make it almost always share these seven characteristics:

1. Love

An inner fire to make it as a writer will get you through years of cold reality. I suspect that the majority of writers who make it to full-time status love what they do. Writing is a part of them, a calling as well as a vocation.

It’s certainly possible to write out of sheer business-mindedness (I think, however, that this is much easier when you write non-fiction). Yet there’s a certain something that gets translated to the page by the writer who loves the work. I believe you can write what you love and, if you do so with the other characteristics listed below, earn a fair return.

2. Discipline
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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. The Kill Zone: Writing What You Love and Earning What You’re Worth
  2. Think Like a Bookstore Retailer - Books & Such Literary Management : Books & Such Literary Management
  3. The Potential Perils and Pitfalls of Signing with a Small Press – And How to Avoid Them — The Book Designer
  4. Novels aren’t movie scripts: how to write great dialogue in prose | Nail Your Novel
  5. 22 Mind-Blowing Book Designs by Iacopo Bruno
  6. 50 Ways To Reach Your Reader. # 2: Indie Authors & Amazon | Self-Publishing Advice
  7. AuthorCulture: One Great Way To Write A Book Review
  8. Negative Thinking and Writing Blocks | David Rasch PhD
  9. Indies & Audiobooks: An Alternative to ACX - Jane Friedman
  10. 10 Things to Know About Pitching Agents and Editors - Elizabeth Spann Craig
  11. KDP Select & Kindle Unlimited: Why Ebooks Not Enrolled Are at a Disadvantage | Lindsay Buroker
  12. Seriously Write: Heroic Characters and the Law of the Original by Angela E. Arndt
  13. Great Storytelling: 3 Secrets Revealed | Nikki Woods: Global Visibility Expert
  14. A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Embrace Change – Guest Post by David Gaughran
  15. 6 Ways to Make Money as an Author (in Addition to Selling Books) | Lindsay Buroker
  16. 10 Things You Should Not Ignore In Your Digital Marketing Strategy - Jeffbullas's Blog
  17. Email Marketing - Five Key Email Automation Takeaways for Marketers : MarketingProfs Article
  18. Quick Tips for Great Social Media Graphics
  19. How to Use Pinterest to Boost Blog Traffic Dramatically
  20. 6 Social Media Marketing Tools to Make Your Management Quick and Easy
  21. Fiction University: Stay Motivated With Writing Goals
  22. Author, Jody Hedlund: How to Make Your Book Play Out Like a Movie
Happy writing and running, Kathy

P.S. I had foot surgery last Thursday and won’t be running for a few months, so those of you writing and running, run a few miles for me! 

I'm facing 6-8 weeks non-weight bearing, followed by 6-8 weeks in a walking boot.  If I get released (ha!) by mid-February, I'll have two and a half months to get ready for the Flying Pig Half Marathon the first of May. I might have to settle for the 10K, but even that would be an accomplishment.  

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