I wanted to use the “Craft of Writing” tag to make this searchable with the previous threads, but this one will be a little different. It’s for folks to share tips/information about how they have grown their writing businesses.
Tips could include marketing, managing various projects, time management, business aspects, networking, education, and really any other relevant topic. I know there is a wealth of knowledge on these forums, so if you’d like to share, please do! Obviously, everyone’s mileage will vary, so some tips will work better for some folks and some projects, but even so, share what has worked for you!
The first tips that come to my mind are…
1) Listen to writing podcasts to strengthen your craft - I highly recommend Writing Excuses! They are very funny and personable and the 20 minutes flies by! I’m also getting into the StoryGrid, which dives into some “writing math” and overall story structure. Those guys help you outline the crap out of a story. I feel like I’ve picked up many craft tips from listening to these two shows.
2) Facebook Marketing - I’ve learned to CHILL on the Pushy Sales Posts. Don’t keep posting for people to buy your story every three days. Mix it up. Provide funny or useful content. Share work or posts from other authors your readers may enjoy. Sponsor contests! ASK questions! These techniques encourage likes and comments, which increase your FB visibility. They also keep your brand in your readers’ brains (in a good way) while you work on your next project.
3) Attend a Writing Conference - Imaginarium in Louisville in October was awesome! I felt like I was with my “tribe!” I’m betting you might feel the same way if you attended one. I learned so much by speaking with other writers, publishers, etc. And note, I’m talking about conferences, not comic-cons. The former tends to target creators, while the former tends to target consumers/fans.
Anyone else have some tips??