Writing is a Solitary Venture – Publishing is Not
Writing is the most solitary of careers. Crawling inside your head to tell the stories of characters others have never met is a unique experience. Most of us will beg for quiet as we work our way through getting these new tales down on paper. You can’t be chatting with coworkers and writing or fixing breakfast and writing, and so most have “writing caves” to help facilitate the creative process. The concern is that this most solitary of careers must become the most public and k when that same work becomes ready to publish.
Find Your Army
Many writers I know are introverts that enjoy the entire process of writing start to finish; publishing, though, is not their cup of tea. It’s not the process of getting the book to readers, but the garnering reviews, marketing, social media, and a million and one other details that must be considered to now make that story reach its intended audience. This is where finding your army of helpers is critical. Those critical resources can take your manuscript and help you find new and unique ways of getting it into readers’ hands—the resources to launch it to traditional literary agents if that be your desired course to publishing. Luckily in the technology age, our army no longer has to be physical, in-person people but rather those we can find in many corners of the internet.
Ensure Support and Positivity
From a good editor to beta readers that provide helpful feedback on the book, you need to have those you trust in your corner the minute you finish the manuscript. This is a hard and thankless job that can easily go to the side of the road and never see the light of day if the wrong team gives you advice after pouring blood, sweat, and tears into it. I can’t tell you the number of people I have met, even friends that immediately let go of the publishing dream after a solid writing experience because of someone’s sharp-tongued, mean-spirited advice. The right resource needs to help you balance good solid feedback to ensure you tweak, edit and rewrite pieces of the work needed with the support your confidence needs to continue forward. Many people out on social media and even publishing use a razor-sharp tongue to hold many hopeful authors back. Find those that can make you better at your art and bolster your confidence along the way and ignore the rest.
Social media has become a great resource not just for marketing but networking also. Readers and writer groups have popped up in various forums and platforms to collaborate on writing prompts to the best promotion sites available to authors. Arguments on traditional and indie publishing can also help provide the input for your path to getting your work seen by others. This can be a bit overwhelming when you see all the “vanity” publishers and “experts” out there that will inundate your box. Wading through to find the voices that resonate with you, and then truthfully, a bit of trial and error will be needed to find the best resources. Work the system, build schedules for marketing, networking, and other activities away from your writing that fit your current lifestyles and goals. At the end of the day, though, remember it is the writing that started you down this path, and it is the writing you will need to return to continue publishing.
Balance is probably one of the hardest tasks I have had to master in my writing career. From scheduling time for posting to social media, blogging, website maintenance, and then word count goals for the day, this is not an easy or part-time gig in any way. Finding the quiet time to write and then balance that with your business’s public side for the other aspects of publishing can be difficult. The good news is so many others had come before and paved the road with amazing opportunities if you know where to look. Just remember, find someone that helps build you up, doesn’t just blow smoke in your face, and helps take that first draft to a published book the best it possibly can. That moment when you find your book on the shelves of the major distributors out there – it will all have been worth it. Happy writing!
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