As I sat to write this editorial, my mind went blank. I thought of the title when talking about all the struggles and hurdles I went, and still go through myself when it comes to understanding my role as an Indie writer. The harsh truth is that being a writer these days involves many skills, along with writing, whether you are an Indie author or not. Unfortunately, most authors (me included) find out the hard way as they find themselves lost in the publishing twilight zone with their first book. Below are some skills all writers should work on along with writing to avoid going blank in the middle of the writing and publishing process.
· Navigating the Internet to Search for an Audience. Many believe that “if they write, the audience will come,” but the truth is far from that. Even agents and traditional publishers expect writers to have an audience of followers before they will consider a title. So, learning to how to navigate the internet to build a platform is, in my opinion, the most important skill all writers should develop even before writing a book.
· Public Speaking. Let’s face it…many of us became authors because we communicate better in writing. In fact, when it comes to communicating through speech, many of us go blank as we freeze with stage fright. But as an author, we must speak to the audience if we want to sell our books. So writers should be taking public speaking classes, or signing up with their local Toastmasters and develop their public speaking skills while writing.
· Marketing and Promoting. Yes, authors are the ones who must sell their books. Even if published through a traditional publisher, the author sells the title. Publishers will distribute, and maybe do some advertising, but the burden to sell falls on the author’s shoulders. This is why it is so important that writers learn about marketing and promotion to help with developing strategic angles to promote their titles.
It is useless, in my opinion, to keep dreaming about Hemingway’s “writer’s lifestyle” because it does not exist anymore. The harsh truth of being a writer these days is that it is a lot of work, and most of it is not even writing! For more information on how we help authors visit www.readerviews.com.