Sunday, March 29, 2009

Getting to Know the Biz

After an almost refreshing Spring Break, I am back! I say "almost refreshing" because a week off from classes meant that I got stuck working late nearly every evening last week. So much for reading and research!

I had the opportunity yesterday to attend a meetup group in my area, the Write To Publish Group. I mention this because to be a writer today, it's not enough just to write. You need to know all aspects of the business if you want to be a writer in today's world. Publishers are cutting marketing and publicity all the time; at the same time, there are more and more presses out there, and so you've got to compete with a lot more books than you would have, say 25 years ago. As a writer, you need to be your own publicist. You need to sell yourself, because your book isn't going to sell itself.

Yesterday, our topic was Publishing 101. We talked about the Pros & Cons with different options for publishing and how to work around those and to make the best of your publishing situation.

Robin, the woman who runs this meetup group, is a great resource and her knowledge is staggering. She published a blog that I recommend to any aspiring writer to get to know the ins and outs of the industry. You can find her online at

Thanks for reading!

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