Monday, March 22, 2010

Becoming an Author

Becoming a writer is a life-long dream for some individuals. For any writer who dreams of becoming an author, the first step is to believe that he or she can accomplish that dream. Confidence shows not only in person, but also in how a writer’s work is viewed. A similar example would be someone preparing for a job interview.

It is important to note the difference between becoming a writer vs. becoming an author. Being a writer is a passion, but being an author is a career. As with any career, it is important to maintain an air of professionalism. Agents and publishers want to know that writers can be professional authors. The interview process begins with the query and ends only when the contract between publisher and author has been signed.

Marketing is important for spreading the word about the author. Promoting a novel by joining a social network, posting on forums and simply making one’s voice heard are some of the best marketing methods available. Having a website ahead of time can be very helpful to this process. Many agents and publishers do check to see if a writer has already taken the effort to create and maintain a professional website for his or her career

However, getting a website for a book specifically may not be the best course of action due to changes that may occur during publication. Although, once a proper title is agreed upon, it is always a good idea to secure a web address for the marketing purposes. Even if the publisher requests to maintain the website, the domain will be readily available.

Remember to be professional at all times and always be courteous, even if a rejection is received. Whether writing fiction or non-fiction, even if a writer is rejected he or she will benefit from the reputation that is developed over time. This includes manuscripts, queries and any online presence including blogging or social networking. Work hard and have faith!

Best of luck!

The Bokheim Chu

1 comments:

Thanks for the insight :) It is always helpful to read this information when you are just starting out...for the record, Thanks also for the distinction between author and writer. I never really thought about the difference, and now it all makes sense. And just like everyone else who reads your blog my goal is to be both a writer (keeping that passion) and an author :)

March 23, 2010 at 4:44 AM

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