Self-Published Authors: Don’t Underestimate Word of Mouth Tips about Writing Related Resources
As a self-published author, I for one tend to take word of mouth tips about writing related resources very serious. I’ve found a lot of good writing, publishing, and marketing related information as a result of word of mouth tips. That is the main reason why I am writing this post and sharing this important point with you. Whether you are a new or existing self-published author; when it comes to writing related resources, never underestimate the value of word of mouth tips.
Investigate Worthwhile Tips
How many times have you read a tweet, blog, or other type of post about something online and it sounded too good to be true? Some of those times, you may have bothered to check it out, but many times we pass an opportunity right by with a sarcastic: “Yeah, right!” I hate to think about all the times I’ve missed out on something beneficial simply by not bothering to check it out. The point is to learn how to occupy your online time by reading and investigating worthwhile tips; the operative word being “worthwhile”.
Before you can investigate worthwhile tips, you have to become disciplined in your focus. The internet is full of content and photos that capture our attention, and I don’t use the word “capture” loosely. It is so easy to sit down to spend your two or three hours of self-appointed internet time, simply clicking from one link to the next. Forget about what you originally sat down to do, once you lose your focus. In most of these instances, the things we’re clicking on have nothing to do with us, and certainly don’t benefit us. Especially when we can get the same news about Rhianna or Madonna (or whoever) the following day on Wendy Williams or TMZ.
In order to stay focused so you can identify and take advantage of worthwhile resources, you have to do designated browsing. Believe it or not, designated browsing can be just as enjoyable, only more advantageous. Locating new websites and service providers to help with writing, publishing and book marketing is both exciting and profitable.
To help stay focused on the purpose at hand, set specific time aside for nothing but designated browsing. During that time, restrict yourself from reading or clicking on anything that isn’t on your browsing agenda. So if you’re looking for writing gigs or other related opportunities, stick solely to that during your browsing session. While browsing, if you see something related to publishing the book you’re working on, just bookmark it and make a note. You can save that link to check out during a browsing session that you designate strictly for book publishing leads.
Discipline a Key
As you can see, discipline is the key. It may be difficult at first, but after a while, doing your online browsing this way will yield more productive results. This doesn’t mean that you should sign up for, join or follow every single person, website or writing related service. What it does mean, is that you should make it your business to investigate as many as you reasonably can. Find out which will be beneficial to you, in both the long AND short run.
When you do find a worthwhile website, service, or product, be sure to take advantage of it as soon as you possibly can. If they have an offer that you’ve checked out and seems worth your time, effort or expense, don’t procrastinate. Of course you want to make sure to do some advance research first. Checking Alexa rankings, as well as posted reviews, Google page rank, and even online forums can help.
Safe Not Sorry
Let’s face it, there are a whole lot of websites and service providers who offer all types of resources. Not all of them are worth your time, let alone your energies or your hard earned cash. But there are also some very good resources that you don’t know about and won’t know about unless you check them out. It is especially important to do your due diligence when it comes to investing money (any amount), as well as your time and efforts. But don’t overthink things, to the point of doing nothing. Be safe, but not sorry. Keep your eyes and ears open and stay alert to industry news and resources, especially those word of mouth tips.
Here are 2 recent resources I came across and feel are worth mentioning.
- Authors: Use The Novel Factory software and get more publicity when they showcase your novel on their website and social media.
Monitor Your Time
It is important to realize that not every worthwhile lead you discover will always pan out. That is why you must learn to monitor your time. Don’t let setbacks allow you to get thrown off schedule. For instance, I found another resource that proved to be a waste of time, at least so far. I found it in a tweet that contained a link to a site called: Write and Author
The tweet said: “Helping you to Write and Author ~ If you would like to be on our website please click…” When I first visited the site, I was slightly annoyed. A window popped up and they immediately wanted me to join a mailing list. The popup window would not go away until I filled it in. I did it because I was anxious to see exactly how they would promote me as an author and what I had to do.
After signing up, I was prompted to confirm my email by clicking the link they sent me. Well, by this time, I wasn’t in the mood to continue the process. I realized it was taking up too much time, so I moved on. (Yay me!) The following day, I opened the email and clicked the confirmation link. I was taken back to the website and the same email form stared me in the face, trying to force me to fill it out again. The page just kept looping!
Sensible but Vigilant
Because this really seems like a good resource, I’ll contact the site owners and let them know what’s happening with the homepage. This will be my final attempt dealing with them because while I want to be vigilant, I also want to sensible. Just because the website may be experiencing a few glitches doesn’t mean it won’t prove to be a good resource.
They’ve been posting tweets all over, advertising for authors. This is actually a good sign. They seem to be a small, new business, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. A new and thirsty business will probably service you better than a big business who could actually take or leave you. So as for his particular resource, I won’t make the mistake and underestimate the word of mouth tip. Instead, I’ll continue trying to check it out and see if it pays off.