Wednesday, Dec 10, 2008

Market Your Writing

Few writers enjoy marketing, yet marketing is a major key to writing success. If you plan to earn a living from your writing, you must master marketing. 

Marketing is simply the art of targeting your writing to the proper publication. In order to do this, you must know what publishers may be interested in your work. This takes time and effort. 

When marketing your work, think out of the box. Consider venues that most writers might not think of. Slant your work to serve those venues. 

Professional writers sell their work before they write it. Send out queries regularly. Set yourself a goal. For instance, send out one query a day for every business day. By the end of the month you will have sent out 20 queries. Out of those twenty, you may find at least five editors interested in your work. 

Several excellent guides are available to help you in your marketing. Among these are Writer’s Market, Children’s Writer’s Market, and Sally Stuart’s Christian Writer’s Market Guide. Invest in one or more of these guides. Then study them thoroughly. 

The more you learn about marketing, the more you will sell your writing.

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  1. This is the part where most writers agree that it is one they’d rather skip. Maybe get an agent so you don’t have to worry about it. But the truth is, we need to know the markets so we have a direction in our writing.

    Sure, it’s great to have a pet project you can write and dream about and tweak and finally send out, but if you really want to write full time and get writing jobs, you have to know who is buying what.

    And that changes constantly, so studying the market is an on going thing.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:54 PM