How To Turn Your Writing into a Real Career
As many of you may know, we run a Facebook group called “Write to Publish and Sell Your Novel,” where I share many of my publishing and writing tips. These days, I’ve been going through some of the pending posts and I was really surprised at how many “buy my book” kind of posts there were, along with other questions about our process.
Now, here’s something that you need to know about this Facebook group, Write to Publish and Sell Your Novel. We are about one thing, and one thing only, and that’s real results.
What are real results? Real results means successfully turning your writing into a career, creating the author lifestyle that attracts readers and allows you to publish time and time again. Members of the Writing Gym are getting real results.
They’re writing, revising, and publishing books. They’re getting on national television, gaining readers, doing book signings and events. They’re doing the things that makes them able to call themselves authors. This month, we got two publishing contracts for members of the Writing Gym.
So, how are we getting real results? I’ll focus on what we don’t do, because there’s a lot of practices that you’re going to see in other groups that we just don’t do here in Write to Publish.
First and foremost, what we don’t do are beta readers. Why not? Well, we believe in real, personalized feedback that gets results and is based on the way that your brain learns and creates. Beta readers are not going to help you get the kind of feedback you need: feedback that’s going to move your piece to successful publication, and eventually, to selling many books and having readers. Rather, beta readers may derail that effort, and that’s why we don’t do beta readers.
Secondly, we don’t focus on questions such as “what should my character’s name be?” in this group. Those are fine questions to ask, and we take care of those kinds of questions over in the Writing Gym during the revision phase of the process, where we look at questions around character line, plotline, place name, character name, possible titles, etc.
But, why don’t we talk about these kinds of questions in Write to Publish? Because those kinds of questions ultimately have to do with personal preference, which is an opinion. For example, feedback such as “I don’t like Jennifer, choose Mary for the character’s name” is arbitrary. Opinions aren’t helpful, if you want to create a publishing career. What we want are results.
Lastly, another thing that we don’t do in this group, is posting “buy my $0.99 ebook” posts. I’m sure your $0.99 ebook is fabulous, but let’s focus on what’s really important here, which is results. Our goal is to turn your writing into a career, and you are not going to create an author lifestyle based on $0.99 ebooks.
Let’s just do the math and think about your grocery bill for this week. Think about how many books you’d have to sell just to buy groceries. Or think about your mortgage, your rent, your car — a $0.99 ebook is not going to cut it. But, we do care about $14.99 paperbacks. We do care about $24.99 hardcovers. We do care about publishing with the Big Five and we care about creating an author lifestyle. We care about quality.
If you want to create the author lifestyle and get real results, you’re in the right place. This is what our Facebook group, Write to Publish and Sell Your Novel, is all about.
If that sounds like you, I would love to chat with you. Good luck and until next time.