It isn't enough to just write a great story, nor even to write a story that precisely fits what publishers want.
Today's changing world requires writers to do much more than write.
Some manage this problem by marrying or partnering up with someone with the requisite skills, and some hire an agent. Some get lucky and connect with the right editor.
Everyone else has to pay attention to Marketing, Markets, Publishing, video, advertising, PR, and branding -- all kinds of things that really compete with creative time.
Self-publishing is yet another whole set of skills that adds in book design, formatting, layout, cost-effective use of various online outlets, accounting, and a myriad secretarial skills.
We have not yet covered all these requisites in this blog series, even though I've been touching on this subject since 2009. Here is what we have so far in this series, with the newest at the top.
My series on Marketing Fiction In A Changing World:
Part 27 -
The Half Hour Drama Is Back
Part 26 -
Part 25 - Understanding the Shifting Fiction Market
Part 24- Writing About The Future And For The Future
Part 23 - Mastering The Narrative Line
Part 22 - Making A Profit At Writing In A Capitalist World
Part 21 - Crafting Book Links To Track Via Google
20. Guest Post by Miriam Pia
http://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2016/07/marketing-fiction-in-changing-world.html Part 19, Guest Post by Deb Wunder on non-fiction writing
http://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2016/01/marketing-fiction-in-changing-world.html Part 17 - Fiction Writing still pays less than minimum wage, considering the hours spent. Make your living at non-fiction. See where the opportunities lurk.
http://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2015/11/marketing-fiction-in-changing-world_24.html Part 16 about which is more science fiction, Star Trek or Star Wars? A question via Quora.com
http://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2015/11/marketing-fiction-in-changing-world.html Part 15 - Guest Post by Kirok of L'Stok and discussion of new series by Jean Johnson
http://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2015/09/marketing-fiction-in-changing-world.html Part 14 - posting on September 1, 2015
http://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2015/05/marketing-fiction-in-changing-world.html is Part 13 in this series.
http://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2015/02/marketing-fiction-in-changing-world.html is Part 12
http://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2015/02/marketing-fiction-in-changing-world.html is Part 11 in this series.
http://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2014/11/marketing-fiction-in-changing-world.html -- this is Part 10