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Creative solutions for the writer who doesn’t want to be yet another Voice in the Dark

Something that’s been coming up a lot with my other clients: marketing issues. These boil down as follows:

  • submitting short work
  • finding agents
  • considering self-publication
  • considering electronic publishing
  • finding venues for reading
  • making webpages
  • building reputations through P2P (person to person) networking
  • online social networking
  • maximizing Twitter

Are you struggling with any of these concerns? They seem so “business-like,” and yet, as a creative person, you have the right foundation for making these things work on terms that mesh with your creative life.

I’ve co-hosted a writers’ marketing group for years and many of the things we learned as a group can be applied across disciplines.

I’m no marketing guru, per se, but I know how to find ways to balance the creativity life with the necessary work of promotion and networking yourself.

I’m a firm believer that we make or do things to communicate with the larger world; it’s an existential question as to whether it matters to be creative if nobody notices. For me, and for most of the people I’ve worked with as clients, it definitely matters that people notice; otherwise, we’re just voices in the dark.

These days, the marketing models are changing as well, and social networking is becoming a great equalizer, making it possible for people to generate platforms of followers/fans/connections that are responsive to their creative work in a way that the old corporate framework never really supported.

Do let me know if this is an area where you are challenged or want to learn more about, and give me some details of what it is that you are challenged by or what you have already done but would like to do more of. I’m happy to discuss, perhaps even to demystify or de-stigmatize, this “business-side” application of your creativity.

Taking new clients August 1.

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Pitch Redux: Keeping eggs in many baskets (that ol’ chestnut) makes the best sense in the newzbiz

Okay, I never made it to the Pitch Salon. What can I say, the head cold won this time around. I’m still a-nasal.

However, here’s the Twitter-backtrack and Kathy Gill’s Livescribe notes so you can all see what transpired.

[Speaking of Livescribe, this is definitely the next gizmo I’m Jonesing for around birthday time. Too cool. And I’d like a side of MyScript to go with that, thank you very much!]

Tweeting history

So I Twittered throughout the Inauguration ceremonies this morning, live at a local coffeehouse here on the island, where the place was bursting to the seams with all kinds of people—children, retirees, business people, coffeehouse regulars. It’s the first time I’ve ever done such a thing. (Twittering, for those curious, is sort of like very short blogging.) It was cool enough to share this moment in our country’s history with so many like-minded folks, but Twittering added another element to it that I have to say, I enjoyed.

I’d love to know if other readers of this blog have ever Twittered a live event, and what their experience was like. Do share in the comments area below.

Here’s the link to my tweets, if you want to see what I had to say on the subject.

Original photo: “Fourth of July banner, 2007”, ©2008, Tamara Kaye Sellman. All Rights Reserved.