The writer’s conference wrapped up earlier today and I spent the rest of the day visiting good friends and digesting in the background everything I learned this weekend.
There is a difference between being a writer and being an author. A writer writes. Sounds pretty simple. Being an author is a business. There’s as much being a businessman as actually writing.
There are those who hit the lottery and get published right out of the box, but they’re few and far between. The amount of marketing a writer needs to do to get published is staggering, even if a writer is represented by an agent.
That’s my big lesson from this conference: A writer needs to work just as hard at marketing as he or she did at writing the book to achieve the status of Author.
It’s a daunting task. With the changing publishing world and the emergence of the eBook industry, it IS possible to Make It. There’s not one clear formula for success–and if there was, it would change next week. Fortunately, there are a number of different routes to success, even if they’re not super-highways.
An aspiring author doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist. He does, however, have to be doggedly persistent and do at least a few things right.
While the road to becoming an Author might be more like a twisted mountain road with sharp cliffs and landslides, there are enough signposts–proven, successful actions–by enough people who have even written a book about it (catch the irony of that!) that an aspiring Author CAN become successful.
That is what I learned from this writer’s conference.