Okay, we're more than a week into the new year now, so 2012 is starting to feel a little more real. Here's some advice for writers from around the way.
How I Got Two Job Offers and a $200-an-Hour Consulting Gig from Blogging, by Joe Bunting. I found this post on ProBlogger and thought it was worth sharing, because it illustrates that there's more than one way to find success as a writer in the new publishing/media/content/service/etc. environment. Keep your eyes, ears, and options open.
25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing, by Chuck Wendig. Chuck is a little foul-mouthed, but his advice is usually on the money. This is a nice post on things writers should stop doing right now to find success in 2012 and beyond.
Don't Drown Your Reader in Explanations, by K.M. Weiland. Communication is key for writers to connect with their readers. However, as Weiland points out, us writers can sometimes go a little overboard.
Community - What's In It For Me?, by Vaughn Roycroft. Vaughen opens his guest post on Writer Unboxed by explaining that he's not an author or blogger, but that his name still might ring a bell because of his involvement in online community. In fact, this post already has 100+ comments.
Do You Have a Marketing Plan?, by Rob Eagar. Eagar is a book marketing expert who reinforces the idea that a platform is an essential for potential authors. In fact, I would say that even if your goal is not to be a traditionally published author, platform-building is still important, because it's how you reach your audience.
Thankful Thursday - A Year of Success, by Kelli Russell Agodon. Kelli mentions a problem I often have; total success amnesia. It's the reason that I keep a list of all accomplishments throughout the year, because without that list, I'd totally forget. Kelli created a Success Chart, and she's made it available for free download for anyone else who needs one. Check it out!
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