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The True Prize That Comes From a Significant Writing Life

I mentioned I have a desire for a new type of writing community—what I would call Writing for Your Life. I picked that title because it reminds me of Running for Your Life—which is all about survival, exhaustion, and endurance. And sometimes the writing life feels like a grueling marathon race with no end in sight.

Or maybe there’s an end in sight with lots of  confetti, ribbons, and trophies—but only a few seem to be making it toward that receding finish line. For you, it’s like a mirage in the desert that keeps moving away the closer you try to get to it. And you just keep running and looking off in the distance where those few wildly successful authors are eating up the accolades and smiling in the bright lights of stardom. It can sometimes make you despair and want to quit. Continue Reading…

How Do You Spell Success?

Last week I introduced you to Kevin Kelly’s “treatise” on 1,000 True Fans. Now that you’ve gotten a taste for the concept of growing a fan base slowly and steadily, let’s take a look at some more points he makes in his post:

  • The key challenge is that you have to maintain direct contact with your 1,000 True Fans. They are giving you their support directly. Maybe they come to your house concerts, or they are buying your DVDs from your website, or they order your prints from Pictopia. As much as possible you retain the full amount of their support. You also benefit from the direct feedback and love.  Continue Reading…

The Power of Community

I’ve been talking recently about eBook publishing and why it is exploding and overtaking traditional publishing.

Why am I bringing out all this information about eBooks? Am I trying to tell you to turn your back on traditional publishing? No, not at all. But in order for us authors to plan a strategy in order to write for life, we need to see the trends. And the eBook trend is only one factor (albeit a huge one) in the shifting publishing paradigm.

I would like to tell you there is an even more powerful shift that will and already does affect you as a career author, one you’ve probably heard about as it applies to other industries and parts of society but now sees its great need in the world of authors who write with passion and commitment.

And that is the power of community (or tribe, as author Seth Godin calls it) to create movement, change, and impact. And rather than aim to sell a book in the millions just to turn a modest profit, I’d like to challenge you to think a little differently about success.

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