I’m only going to quote some of this post. You can read the whole thing here.
My intro: My two cents (for what it’s worth) is that one misconception there seems to be in the writing community is that we are competing with each other. The truth is, we’re not. Just as I can listen to a song by one artist and enjoy another song by another artist, readers enjoy books by a variety of authors. Readers don’t confine themselves to only one author. So this idea that if the reader buys another author’s book, that reader won’t buy mine is false. The truth is, readers can buy my books and books by other authors. That is why writers helping writers is such a great post.
Without further ado, here it is…
Writers Helping Writers by G. M. Barlean
Last Saturday, my good friend Victorine Lieske and I had the opportunity to speak to the Omaha chapter of the National League of Pen Women. They bought us lunch, we met some very nice women and saw a couple of friends from other writing connections we have. And, as always with writers, we had good conversation and plenty of laughs. You can read all about the history of the National League of American Pen Women at their website: NLAPW.org.
I love speaking at events with Victorine because she’s a writing, marketing, ebook guru known all over the country. She sells books in her sleep! So, it’s pretty cool she lets me come along and share the floor.
I know not to talk about writing or marketing because I’m just a beginner learning the ropes. But I can talk about the importance of critique to work a book and make yourself accountable to your readers. I can also talk about networking.
Here’s what Connie Spittler, the group’s current president, had to say about my portion of the program. “Gina Barlean’s main and best points. As friends, we can give each other free publicity.” It’s a simple premise. Just common sense—one thing this country girl has, at least on occasion. I like to break things down into language we can all embrace. I try to do that in my book, Build a Writing Team. In that book, I talk about networking. It’s a word that can simply translate into, be a friend to each other.
I’ll promote you and you promote me.
I’ll support you, you support me.
I’ll help you and you help me.
Sorry to take the mystery out of it. If you want people to help you out, help them out. If you want people to be nice to you, be nice to them. Let’s combine our talents and see where it takes us.
G. M. Barlean is an awesome person. She is just as friendly and kind as she sounds in this post. She definitely practices what she preaches. I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting her in real life and reading her work. She’s a compelling storyteller. 🙂
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