Thursday, April 12, 2012

Commercialize Yourself

The reason I am writing this blog is not just to express myself or vent, it is to find a way to get my novel known and for people to be interested. To be honest, this blog isn't just about a creative outlet. I am here, also, to commercialize myself and get my name out there.

While it doesn't seem as pure, there isn't anything wrong with this. Most write so that their words can be read. But this is a competitive field that requires luck and a lot of outside work. An author will need to be willing to push some of their hermit ways to the side and get out into the public. How else will people learn of it? You will have to be the one to start the fire of interest.

And this can be hard for a lot of us. To be a writer is to be an artist. And while everyone isn't the same, there is a certain amount of ego and shyness that many artists seem to share. A writer has to have some ego to take this route, there has to be some sort of belief that what you are writing down should be read by at least a few. But, most don't seem comfortable in releasing so much about themselves and their story into the public. It might be a need for perfection, fear of rejection, or any number of things.

The point is, unless you have fabulous connections and recommendations, you're probably not going to get noticed instantly. To catch the eyes of publishers, agents, and audience you will need to put yourself out there to some degree. Go forums, join writing sites, and make your own blog if you don't feel comfortable leaving your room. Join clubs and have friends, classmates, and colleagues read and critique your work if you do feel comfortable with it. You will need to do something.

So, that is one reason why I am here spewing out philosophical, round-about, life-story stuff. I am trying to get myself known. I want people to read and be interested in myself as a writer and the books that I might be writing. You never know who might be reading after all.

It is thanks to my great friend randi lee that I know this. She is a woman who knows what she is talking about. Go and read her blog for great advice on what it takes to write.


  1. Thanks for the shout out, lovely! Anyway. I couldn't put this better myself. What a wonderful [and helpful] insight on your part. I'm going to tag this post on my blog in the hopes that you'll get some more hits out of it. It's hard to get an audience when blogging- especially when you first start out- but I feel like yours deserves some cred and notice. I'll do what I can to get the word out on you!

    Also, I get a lot of hits from There's a thread called Did You Update Your Blog Today? I'd recommend posting your updates there as you should gain some audience out of it!



  2. Oh yes, I really should follow my own words lol XD hehe I'll be getting out and commercialize myself lol Thank you for your advice ^^ you're the best of the best!

    I will be doing that real soon then! 8D Thank you!

  3. Visiting from randi's blog! :)

    I'm still working on my first novel, so congrats on finishing. Keep that momentum. I think yes, it's so competitive, but finding a gem in the haystack these days can be tedious. Best of luck, Paige!

  4. Thank you for taking the time to come and look at what I have to say! It is really appreciated! Oh yes, indeed it is. Thank you. And good luck on yours as well! :)