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There’s Some Savvy to This Writing Thing

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Big awesome day for this girl today…the great Kristen Lamb invited me over to write a piece about the importance of savvy marketing in writing!

I’ve been following Kristen Lamb’s blog since I started this whole indie author thing almost four years ago. She’s definitely an influencer in our world, and I have learned a lot from her over the years.

What I love about Kristen is that she keeps it real. She helps us struggling writers follow our dreams without blowing sunshine up our asses.

I ended up on Kristen’s blog, because quite simply, I took a chance and made an effort by reaching out to her. The introverted writers of the world are cringing at this idea, but the main point of my piece is something we cannot deny—that we writers are running our own businesses.

At the end of the day, we have to be savvy and we have to do some marketing if we ever want anyone to read our work. Otherwise, your family and friends might read your books…but that’s about it. Hey, I know, because it happened to me.

So, it’s a little tough love with a dose of inspiration. Can you handle it? 🙂

In all seriousness, I feel beyond honored to be a guest at Kristen’s place. I hope you all will stop by to read the full piece and help spread the word. She gave little me a HUGE opportunity, and I want to bring her some peeps to show my appreciation.

Here’s a teaser…

I’ll be completely candid with you guys and tell you I’m one of the most impatient people I know. Now perseverance is a very different thing. Perseverance will propel you forward, so you can finish the novel you’ve been working on for three years. Impatience will disappoint you, make you think you’re not good enough when people don’t come running to buy your book you worked so hard on.

Impatience doesn’t serve us in the self-publishing world. Perseverance does.

Here’s the piece…

Why Writing Isn’t Enough—The Savvy Writer’s Guide to Success

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38 thoughts on “There’s Some Savvy to This Writing Thing

  1. Awesome post you wrote for Kristen Lamb’s blog.

    I have you to thank for turning me on to Her blog. I’ve only been following her for a few months, but I’ve learned a lot.

    Go Britt!

  2. Congratulations, that’s amazing!

    And that snippet is so true – especially the last sentence. Perseverance is the name of the game for us indies (btw, loving the indie author top 😉 )

    And now off to read the article itself!

    1. It’s so important. That word snuck into my mind sometime in the last year, and I decided to keep it. 🙂

      Thanks! I ordered the top online a couple of months ago. Super comfy too!

  3. Kristen sounds like one smart cookie. She’s wise enough to have you write for her!!! On my way to read it now, because you’re right– marketing yourself is critical to a writer’s success.

    1. Kristen’s awesome, and…oh, you!

      Marketing yourself with any type of business is a must. Creative people usually hate to hear that. I used to feel the same way, but I came around. Marketing can be a lot of fun. You don’t have to go crazy—the most important things are sharing your work with others and building relationships.

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