Creativity vs. Profitability in Writing

If you’re about to self-publish your first book or have already done so and found out that you can make good money with the right stuff,  you may wonder exactly what you have to write in order to optimize sales. Earning money for your blood, sweat, and tears is a wonderful benefit, but it shouldn’t be your primary motivation.

When you write with money as your goal, your work inevitably becomes more commercialized. Creativity’s shoved into the passenger’s seat while greed takes the wheel. Eventually, your books lose the distinct flavor that ties to you and become nothing more than manufactured products that are as easy to replace as if they were made on an assembly line.

This sounds harsh, I know, and it definitely doesn’t apply to all authors. Out of all the self-published writers I’ve seen and spoken to on Twitter over the past year and a half, I’ve only met one or two who were admittedly in it only for the attention and money it would garner them.  As I embark in a new direction with my own work, and see others on the fence and struggling on the road to publication, I wanted to write a post that would help put things into perspective. Continue reading “Creativity vs. Profitability in Writing”

5 Twitter Dos and Don’ts for Indie Authors

Whether you’re repped by an agent or self-publishing, social media is one of the most crucial marketing tools you’ll use as an author. Platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook give you a direct line to all your readers and the ability to attract hundreds of new ones just by being you. Pretty awesome, right?

As an indie author, however, you’re 100 percent responsible for your marketing and success. In order to grow your reader base, expand your outreach and sell more, you’ll have to establish an online presence that people don’t only want to follow but also happily engage with.

This post will talk specifically about Twitter. This won’t tell you how to hit 1,000 followers (I’m still trying to achieve that feat. My multi-month hiatus probably didn’t help). It won’t give you the secret recipe to unlocking your inner Twitter god or goddess and crafting hilarious, witty tweets that garner you a multitude of awe-struck worshipers who will hold your 140-word extracts tantamount to the Bible.

These are just five Twitter do’s and don’ts for writers to meet new people, learn new things and attract the type of followers that count.  Continue reading “5 Twitter Dos and Don’ts for Indie Authors”