A writer or a marketer? I once heard a woman speak at a writers’ conference in the States. Since I had read her book and enjoyed it, I hoped she would use her speech to announce a new work. After all, it had been four years since her previous work. I had to pay an extra $40 to attend the dinner and her talk.
After a $7.99 dinner, she took the podium to polite applause. Here it comes I thought the announcement of her next novel. She told of her adventures selling her book from city to city – New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle, LA and many others. She traveled by car from city to city, from bookstore to bookstore, from dinner speech to campus talk. I knew from her stories that her travels had eaten up the years. No announcement. No new book. Damn.
What are we – writers or marketers? I think we have to be both, but in what proportion? Everyone is different, but I hope the ratio favors the writer part.
I’m 90% writer and 10 % marketer. That’s not good. I have to work on marketing.
How about you? A writer or a marketer? What are you and in what proportion?
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