There was a New Yorker cartoon showing an editor sitting across a desk from a writer who looks like Charles Dickens and saying: “Make up your mind, Mr. Dickens. Was it the best of times or the worst of times? It could scarcely have been both.” It’s certainly a challenging time to be a writer, but for many reasons, it’s best time ever.
There are more:
- subjects for you to write about
- books and authors for you to use as models
- options for getting your book published
- ways to build your platform–your continuing visibility with potential readers
- ways to test-market your book
- ways to find an agent
- ways to promote and profit from your books
- resources to help you
- ways to use technology to help you
If you are writing to meet the needs of the marketplace and you can promote your work, now is a tremendously exciting time to be a wordsmith.
Drawing on my experiences as an agent for 38 years, author or coauthor of eleven books, teacher, and founder of the San Francisco Writers Conference, I hope that this blog will save you time, effort, and anxiety, and help you become as successful as you’d like to be, as quickly as you can, by finding the path that only you were born to blaze.
But as in all things, trust your instincts and your common sense. Whatever I tell you about writing, agents, promotion and publishing must make as much sense to you as it does to me. If it doesn’t, ask me about it or ignore it. Believe that you can do what it takes to become a successful author. I do.
Comments, questions, humor and guest bloggers welcome.