As promised Christina Katz is my guest author today. I met Christina at the NY Book Expo almost two years ago when I purchased her book, Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids and to my delight Christina signed my copy. It is the perfect book to have in your writer’s library. Without further ado, I present to you Christina Katz.
Okay, so yesterday, I was talking about how writers often struggle with book proposals and how it can be the same story with query letters. But the writers I’ve met over the years who don’t have trouble writing queries or proposals are typically more comfortable with selling themselves than your most.
This brings me to a point I’ve been making lately when I speak and teach about the four skill sets that all writers need to have to be competitive in these times. The first two are:
- Continually improving writing craft.
- Selling words by pitching yourself.In the Writer Mama story that I’ve been telling, you can see how my willingness to pitch myself and my book concept was instrumental to landing a book deal eventually.
But sometimes I encounter writers who like to grumble. And one thing they like to grumble about is how “somebody else” stole their idea, wrote it down and got it published.
Well, if that is the case, then guess what they are not doing enough? They are probably not pitching their ideas as much as they could. Because if they were, they would be the one ushering their ideas into print instead of watching others beat them to the byline.
Not that I’m not sympathetic. Wishing you’d written it first happens to the best of us. But if it happens often then the skill to work on next is SELLING. I need to work on it. You need to work on it. And so does every writer.
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What can writers do to improve their sales skills? What have you done? What have you seen other writers do? Any creative solutions?
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