Monday, March 31, 2008

Always Be Writing Something, Anything!

Doug Johnston

I went to the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPAbooks.com) convention in Denver this last weekend. I sat through two days of classes and really enjoyed it.
I met some great people.
They had speakers throughout the conference that were helping us, as publishers and as authors get our books sold. Here is some thoughts of what I picked up at the conference. These are my thoughts and not necessarily those people that were taking better notes than me.
1. You must blog. If you blog for 10 minutes a week, your blog can be successful.
2. You are selling yourself more than you are selling your book. If you can sell yourself you will be a top selling author.
3. Always have another book ready or close to being ready.
4. There are a lot of snake oil salesman waiting for your money.
5. Most authors are strange.

I am only going to tell you about number 3 right now. If you want to be an author, be an author. Always be writing something. Anything!

7 comments:

abel keogh said...

Thanks for the update. Will we see more about the other points soon? I'd like to know more about #2.

Lee Ann Setzer said...

Aw, c'mon, tell us about number 5!

Lee Ann Setzer said...
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Marcia Mickelson said...

I totally get #5. I am very strange.

Doug Johnston said...

I will post about number 5 as soon as I get a minute.

D. Collingridge said...

It is my professional opinion [pushing up spectacles] that potential descriptions for #5 include eccentric, obsessive compulsive minus the disorder, and Type A personality.

Doug Johnston said...

Ok, I will write the answer to #5. I will post it shortly.