Which came first: the chicken or the egg writer or the audience?
by Alicia Tonne, Editorial Assistant at Henery Press
It means network, network, network. For all the writers out there (published or not) you need to be building a fan-base. Now. No, really, like, now.
Where to start?
- Connect to other authors
- Connect to publishers looking for witty writers (i.e. YOU)
- Most importantly, connect to readers who are looking for what your selling (even if you’re not technically selling yet)
So you say you write YA mystery with various horror elements. Find fifty readers who love just that. Then entertain them with your daily musings and writing process. In this age, people are the product. If your audience likes what they see through your blog, Facebook, or twitter, chances are they’ll like your book once you publish.
If a publisher must choose between two equal manuscripts, one whose author has an established 1000+ social following and another whose author’s media presence cannot be found, well then, the publisher will choose the first.
You know what I do after I’ve read about three to five chapters of a new submission? I Google the author (praise Google). I look for anything I can find– and can I even find them? What have they accomplished in their writing career? What do they show on their home page? Do they have a home page at all? This quick peek lets me evaluate the whole package. You’re not just selling one manuscript, you’re selling you as an author.
Writing, revising, polishing your novel is top priority. But top does not mean only. Comma usage and character development are but two of the activities a writer must do before getting published. You also need to make yourself known. It takes effort and time; hard work in a community of millions where your voice must call out to garner attention. However, we promise the payoff is worth it.
This is a new world. Diligently building an audience can now come before your book is published. Turns out, it’s never too early (but may be too late) to start gathering affection from loyal followers. An audience that will quite literally follow you past the first page and all the way from a starting point of, “So, I started writing chapter one today…”