I had a very sobering conversation with Bev yesterday. I read her a new article that I posted today, and I told her how much I enjoyed that type of writing….the social conscious stuff…the inspirational stuff…but I also said I don’t know how to make money doing it. I’m an essayist if I had to narrow down my niche…I’m kind of a Henry David Thoreau without his talent. J Or put it another way, I’m one of those coffee house poets of the 1950’s and early 60’s….I have important things to say but don’t have a clue how to translate my passion into money.
Well, I do have a plan, but whether it works or not is another question….but back to the point. Bev listened to me and then told me that I needed to call on my first college degree and start marketing my work.
Of course I started to get defensive and tell her that I do market my work, but then the truth smacked me in the face…..I don’t even come close to doing the marketing that is necessary to become known in this business. I need to get out of my comfort zone and start hawking my wares….and God how I hate doing that. Truth be told I just want to sit in my writing studio and write, and I want millions to knock on my door and buy my stuff.
It just doesn’t work that way.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Unfortunately for us writers, the marketing department and the chief executive are the same person….us.
PROMPT OF THE DAY
I don’t know why I chose this picture. Just look at it and see if you get any vibes from it.
MONEY SITE OF THE DAY
UCross Foundation Residencies in Wyoming. A quiet place to work on your craft…room, board and stipend. Deadline is October 1st and you can find the application here.
CONTEST OF THE DAY
The Dogwood Multi-Genre Contest with a $15 entry fee and a submission deadline of October 15th. Submission guidelines can be found here.
TIP OF THE DAY
Do one thing each day to market yourself. If you need some ideas I wrote a couple articles on marketing writing and you can find them on HubPages…..and I think I better read them again because I need to pick up my game.
Maybe you have no desire to sell your writings. If that is the case then ignore 75% of this blog. If, however, you would one day like to be paid what you think you are worth J then you need to start marketing. How else will the world discover just how talented you are?
“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”