How To Get Everything Done?

Over at the Creative Penn, there is a great post on the diversity of tasks any author working in 2009 has to deal with- and I quote:

Authors are being encouraged to do their own marketing, blog, podcast, network online and in real life, have a speaking career… oh, and write books and have a personal life!”

Go Here to pick up some of Joanna’s tips on how to maximise efficiency.

I have to say that many of the top 5 tips resonate with me – and pleased to say that I am already doing many of these steps – which I have picked up for myself through much hard work and wasted time.

While I know that each author is different, developing an online digital platform seems to be an increasingly important aspect of the busines of marketing yourself – sometimes before you can approach a literary agent or publisher and expect to be taken seriously as a professional.

This is an area where I know I have more to do and intend to research and develop over the next few months. More posts to come.

One key question? Who are you building your online platform for? Publishing professionals and fellow authors? Or readers of the books you have published/ are writing?

I would love to know your opinion.


10 thoughts on “How To Get Everything Done?

  1. Thanks LIz and Nell for your input from the viewpoint of the successful published author.
    Much food for thought.
    And many thanks Joanna for popping in – and for such a helpful and informative site. 🙂

  2. My webby is for readers, journalists, libraries and aspiring writers. My blog is for fun, some promotion, keeping up with friends, my myspace is for promotion and promoting others, my facebook is mainly for authorly friends and readers. But, I only do these because I enjoy communicating with other people. If someone decides to read one of my books or buy a book because they read something on line then that’s a blessing but it’s not my main or sole reason for my online presence. I do it because I enjoy it and writing can be a very lonely affair.

  3. Hi Nina, thanks for the link! I’m glad it sparked a post for you.
    I think that many writers are also readers so the platform can be multi-purpose. The more word of mouth the better!

    Thanks so much, and Happy Holidays !

  4. Yes Sally, that is exactly how I feel about the blog. The Romance writing community is SO welcoming, open and sharing. 🙂

  5. Thank you Caroline, Lacey and Romy. The snow is a WordPress extra gizmo! I think you are right about the initial use of a blog Lacey and Romy – and would agree that they are brilliant tools for keeping in contact with other authors and pals.
    For me, a website is more for the readers and professionals, but a window nevertheless on who you are and what you are trying to say.
    Thanks ladies – and Romy that time is well spent LOL

  6. For the moment, my blog is aimed at fellow writers, but as soon as I sell I’d change the focus to include readers too. I think websites should be aimed primarily at readers (and sales) rather than at one’s ‘colleagues’.

    Can you tell that I spend as much time planning the future career as I do actually writing?!

  7. Great article thanks Nina! My blog was originally to keep in touch with fellow writers and authors despite knowing that publisher’s supposedly google you as soon as they get your manuscript. I do have a website but I can’t justify the expense of uploading it yet so I have my fingers crossed that it won’t count against me.

  8. Hi Nina
    I write my blog about writing. I aim it towards other writers of romance, and find it a great way to explore some of the difficulties I have writing, as well as a means of expressing my sense of humour. I love the feedback that I get from my readers, and the sense of ‘we’re all in the same boatness’ that I get.

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