How Social Media Helped Me Land a Publishing Deal

by Trish

It’s no longer private any longer: there’s a very cool month-long bootcamp coming soon from Writer’s Digest University and yours truly! If you sign up for my eZine, you’ll get the advance scoop as soon as I can release it to the public, so go to your right, follow the big green arrows and flood my inbox with signups. Go ahead! I dare ya!

How did I get this deal? For one thing, I have a great agent. For another thing, social media is so very cool. And it works. I’m living proof. You just have to believe it and apply it to YOUR writing career or biz.

Oh sure! (I can hear the protests already!) Easy as pie. It’s how to APPLY social media to my career or biz that is the problem!

Here are some quick and dirty tips: (just a smidgen of what I’ll be sharing in my bootcamp; if you want more, sign up!)

First of all, join in. If you’re still on the fence and not on Twitter or blogging or on Facebook or doing anything online, please do one thing. Just one. That’s it. Give it a whole-hearted effort too. Even if you’re just trying to keep up with me, just give it a good, solid shot. (This means doing it for three months at least!)

Second, have a plan. Are you going to post twice a day on Twitter? Then post twice a day on Twitter every single stinking day for three solid months. Only then can you say you’ve actually tried social media.

Third, be prepared to tweak. Traffic runs the online world. If you are getting the eyeballs to your content right off the bat, GREAT! If not, figure out what else you can try (it doesn’t have to be rocket science, just whatever you can try) and go for it (but do someting for three months).

You will learn more from actually being a part of social media than you will ever learn by just reading ABOUT social media.

And then one day you meet someone online (via Twitter or whatever) that loves what you love and they ask, “Hey, do you have a book about this?” and you say (because you ALWAYS SAY YES) “Yes.”

And you then finish well. You get them the book proposal, you follow up. You reply to all your emails (yes, while you are on Twitter twice a day and blogging once a day and updating Facebook several times a day and answering questions on LinkedIn multiple times a day).

Promotion is how the world works. It’s frustrating, I know, but it is necessary. It has to happen. You will not be discovered sitting like a vision at your desk in your house. You will not be found to be a literary genius without sending your work out and letting the world know what you are capable of. To think you CAN do NOTHING and still make it as a writer in 2010 is not in the mind of someone who understands what it takes to be a real writer.

I was told by a wonderful mentor that most of the writing life is being rejected. We’ve got to get used to it. But as soon as we do–as soon as we get over the fact that some people just won’t ever like us, so we’ll promote ourselves to people who just might love what we love as much as we do–we will find our way.

All it took for me? I just got on social media, determined to keep up with everyone else and it worked. I played the game. I took it seriously. I never EVER let myself think “I don’t want to do all this work. It’s too hard.” I kept on. I dug deeper. I refused to listen to the voice of Resistance (which is the one telling you it’s too hard and the one responsible for all your whining about having to actually work). And I’ve got a deal. Hm, maybe all that “hard work” and “wasted promotion” time wasn’t actually anything of the sort. I kept on, I finished well. Duke Ellington said it best: “I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.”

So, what will YOU do today to move your dreams forward? Will you tackle the hard thing you’ve been putting off? Will you face down Resistance with a powerful deterrent: forward action and determination to never give up?

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Susan Weiner June 14, 2010 at 11:52 am

Trish, congratulations!

Trish June 14, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Thanks, Susan! I’m excited!

Julie June 14, 2010 at 1:25 pm

There is definitely a market out there that needs your message. We are seeing more and more members every day from people who don’t know how to do the technology side. But they also don’t know what to say with that blog once they develop it. Or how to market an iPhone app even though they now know how to write one.

Krista June 14, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Oh Trish, I’m pleased as punch for you!! HOORAY! HOORAY! You’ve worked so hard for this and I’m absolutely delighted. šŸ™‚

Trish June 14, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Julie,

That means a lot coming from where you’re sitting. It’s so hard for authors to fathom all this techy stuff, but really it’s so much BETTER for writers than typing on manual typewriters and suffering the indignities of knowing NOTHING about how to develop their own brands. I say there’s more power in an author’s brand these days, perhaps more than a publisher! I’m so happy to be sharing what I know (what I’ve learned the hard way!).

Trish June 14, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Thanks, Krista! I am having a fabulous time! šŸ™‚

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