How To Impress Publishers With A Huge Following
Last time, we saw that an aspiring author needs a big Following to get the attention of a publisher.
So how to achieve that? Tricky. Without any published work, the newcomer has little to share about his work. All he can do is to show the world what a witty and entertaining person he is, so anyone reading the post will expect great things of his novel and will hasten to buy it. Here are some suggested topics:
- what my novel WILL be about (if ever I get it finished)
- the day I got stuck in an elevator with Stephen Fry (hopefully, a one-time-only post)
- the local weather (a daily update can be exciting)
- why I wrote nothing today (e.g. spending too much time on social networking)
- how I hate my day job (another exciting topic)
The options are endless and all riveting to a total stranger who is actually just looking for a good read.
Seriously, any of these topics CAN prove entertaining and popular in the right hands. If you can make these work for you, then you deserve success!
So, you work at gathering interest and expand your following over a 2 or 3 year period, not forgetting to do some of the writing that you actually wanted to do when you started tweeting/posting/uploading. You can read many, many other blogs to give you ideas for posts and trawl through endless pages of advice to aspiring authors. And do not ignore your followers, so the advice runs – engage with them, run competitions and quizzes, invite comments and respond compellingly.
Well, that is what I try to do. Apart from competitions and quizzes.
Or there is another way…
Next time: Quick Fixes
Just to show there are no sour grapes, I have not yet submitted a novel’s manuscript to a publisher and I merely report other people’s experiences. Perhaps it will be different for me? (Big smile at the publishing industry. And please tell me I am wrong, in the space provided below.)
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