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Superstars Writing 2012 – Monday

I met with fellow conference goers last night for a dinner at the Grotto. Had to call it a night after that. Still getting used to the time change.

Today we learned that making money as a writer is actually pretty easy. The problem is that in order to make money as a writer, you have to be a business person also. Writing is your business and you need to treat it as such. The items Brandon went over were:

  1. Think like a business person.
  2. No substitute for practice
  3. Networking.
  4. Be proactive
  5. Someone out there is better than you. Get over it.
  6. Results matter
  7. You cannot afford to waste time with writers block
  8. You will sometimes do things poorly.
  9. Luck
  10. Just write — do it.

These all seem obvious, but I work with people every day that don’t see this. Talented people who will never go anywhere because their priorities are wrong.

Eric Flint then talked about the economics of writing. They essentially boil down to writing well and being prolific. It takes a while to get enough material out there, but once you do, then it is possible to make money off it. One other thing discussed is that when looking at the numbers of what an author gets with regards to the publishing company, it’s not all that bad. There are expenses. However, there are things to watch out for too.

** Giving up is the #1 career killer **

James talked about networking. i.e. Facebook and Twitter.

Indie publishing was discussed and self promotion with some examples.

It was a long day, but extremely fact filled and interesting.

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