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Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Promoting yourself before the book deal

Writing is a solitry activity, which makes it ideal for introverts and people with agoraphobia. Writing for a living is anything but. How do we make the leap from in your study, to in your face? Time and again I hear people on this site complaining about the business aspect of writing. We'll always face agents who don't appreciate our work, and publishers who only do a minimum of promoting for first time authors.

Actually the time to promote your book begins long before you start submitting to agents and editors. I'm totally guilty of putting the cart before the horse on this one. I'm also stubborn enough to back pedal and put in the time (sometimes as much as two years) to build a platform that will have agents beating a path to my door. Self promotion is just as important for fiction writers as for nonfiction.

K. Telega

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