Are You Serious About Your Writing Career or Is It Only a Hobby? #WordPressWednesday

Are You Serious About Your Writing Career or Is It Only a Hobby? #WordPressWednesday

Are you serious about writing or is it just a pastime?

If writing for you is just a hobby, you’ll want to skip this post. However, if it is something you’re serious about, then take the time to read. Lots of you are already doing these things and to you I say good job.

First, if you are serious about making your mark on the writing world, you must be willing to put the time, energy and effort into it. Sure, you can hire people to do some things for you as far as marketing goes but you’ll never find anyone who can do all of it for you. Let’s face it, writing and publishing your books is only a very small portion of the deal.

The thing is most people overthink what needs to happen when they publish a book. Or on the flipside, they figure they can publish a book and their work is done.

However, marketing your work is very necessary. After all, there are millions of books out there. We’re all but snowflakes in a blizzard of published works.

First, like it or not, you need some presence on social media. Again, you can hire people to do a portion of that work for you, but they cannot do it all. Even the biggest of names are taking some time out of their busy schedules to give some personal time to their Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and the like.

One thing to note, you should not be mixing your published work with your personal timelines Twitter feeds Etc. You need to have dedicated space to advertise your work. There’s a huge difference between your Facebook timeline and a page. Learn that difference and do what you need to do to create that space. Your friends and family are a big support system I know but after some time, the new wears off on you and your books and they’re no longer interested. You need to reach the public at large and that cannot be done on your timeline.

Create a website for yourself, or at least take the time to create and maintain a page on Author Central. Keep it updated. This fall I’ll be updating mine.

If you blog, make sure you keep that updated as well.

Join groups with likeminded people and make sure to join a few which allow you to share your work.

Speaking of sharing, you need to be willing to share the work of others. No one wants to read nothing but you… You… and You… If all you ever put onto your blog or social media is your own work, pretty soon you become white noise and people tune you out.

You don’t have to be on all social media either. I am on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn but in reality, my Twitter and LinkedIn for the most part are automated meaning that my blog posts automatically post there and unless I get direct comments, or someone mentions me I don’t have to do a lot on those platforms.

My strongest presence is on Facebook, and I like it that way. So, pick one thing to be really good at and let the rest be your automated fallback.

It doesn’t have to consume all your time, but you put the time effort and finance into publishing your books so if you are serious, you’re going to have to give a little more to make sure people know about you.

There are a lot of free ways to promote your work as well, so make sure to find those because they’re out there everywhere if you take the time to look.

While we’re on the subject of time, if I had a dime for every “I’m busy” excuse people give me for reasons they’re not marketing themselves I could stop working, buy a home in some remote beachfront town and retire with ease. We all have the same 24-hours-a-day it’s all about time management. First, the time it takes you to write that email of excuses why you’re not doing whatever could be spent on something toward letting others know about your work. In fact, just one hour each day spent on marketing would be sufficient if you actually did that each day.

In short, it’s all up to you. But all of us including me wastes lots of time. So, sit down and think about how much time you spend scrolling mindlessly through your newsfeed, watching mindless TV or playing games. What about all the time you sit video chatting with friends? All of that is important but how much of it could be cut back some?

Like I say, it’s all up to you but if you’ve got time to share that article on the cute kittens, you’ve got time to share something about your work or the work of a fellow writer.

OK. That’s the end of my drum pounding today.

If you want people to know who you are and where they can find your work, you have to decide how you’re going to go about seeing that done.

I can help with that, but you should know unless you simply want to buy ad space in my magazine, sponsor pages or podcast my program requires your participation. So, give that some thought as you read the following information.

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Please read carefully before making your decision.

Standard package…

At Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing, we support talented authors and successful business owners, by marrying social media with more traditional approaches.

I opened for business in July of 2017, and I’d like to tell the world about you.

What I can provide:

1. Featured blog posts

It makes no difference whether you have a blog or not. If you do, great. You simply make certain that I am signed up to receive your posts as they come out or that I have your blog post URLS when you’ve posted. Once you’ve posted, I will share from your blog to mine, and away you go. Are you interested in being interviewed or guest posting on another person’s blog but don’t have a blog of your own? No problem. Make sure I get notification of when and where you’re appearing, I share to my blog on your behalf, and you’re good. Just send me a URL once the blog post is live, and make sure to let your host know.

Don’t blog at all?

That’s OK. You provide consistent content, and I’ll put it onto my blog on your behalf, and it will then be shared across all my social media platforms.

2. Social media advertising, such as…

Facebook

Twitter

LinkedIn

Not on all those platforms? No problem. Send me the information for whatever platforms you’re on, and we’ll connect. I’ll share from your timeline, pages, Twitter feeds, etc. to mine, and I’ll take care of putting your work on the platforms you’re not on. Not on any social media? That’s okay. You provide consistent content, and I’ll take care of getting it where it needs to go.

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Admin page services range from creating a page on Facebook for you and maintaining it for you to having me listed as an administrator on your current page, so I can help maintain and grow the page. You let me know what you need, and we’ll make it happen.

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·         Three-Months $80

·         Six-Months $100

·         One-Year $200

·         Facebook admin assist and sponsor ad space free with purchase of one-year package

Please tell me what types of marketing you’re interested in and let me know a bit about what you’re currently doing to promote yourself.

Here are a few questions to help:

  1. What social media platforms do you use, if any?
  2. Do you participate in regular podcasting, either your own or someone else’s? Which ones have you already been on, and do you have specific podcasts you’re interested in being a guest on?
  3. Do you already have a media kit?
  4. If not, would you like me to assist you with creating one? If so, does it need updated?
  5. How many books do you currently have published?
  6. Do you blog? If so, where? Does your blog have sharing options? What are they?
  7. Do you work full time as a writer, or at your business or are you working another job as well?
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Please keep in mind that you can participate in as many or as few of these services as you wish. The idea is to tailor the marketing to your needs.

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Here at Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing where we marry social media marketing with more traditional approaches, we strive to assist clients with the promotion of their books, blogs, and small businesses.

What will you as a sponsor of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing receive?

If you become a sponsor of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing, you will receive…

An ad or ads up to 500 words in length on the sponsor page of my blog which will remain until you either request them removed, or ask to update in some way

A spot in my monthly online magazine, the Writer’s Grapevine, and:

A spot in the annual Writer’s Grapevine Holiday Extravaganza.

Your ads will also be used in Facebook events held on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tellittotheworld/ and in blog post articles and essays found on: https://pattysworlds.com/

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Six-months: $50.00

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  1. A lovely post, Patty.

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