Friday, June 01, 2012
Writing: Reach Out And Touch...
I've been thinking, in the midst of all this, that perhaps political campaigning isn't terribly different in some aspects from what a writer has to go through to help market his or her books. Oh, we don't criticize other authors, since this isn't a matter of "buy my book, not his." But we do have to convince the reading public that our work is worthy of their time and money. And, as in politics, we try to do this via the media (in our case, social media), via word of mouth (readers pass the word to other readers the way voters talk to other voters), and...wait for it...providing the best possible product.
In my humble opinion, that last one is the best way for a politician or for an author to reach out and touch someone. It's certainly preferable to answering your phone and hearing me ask you to please buy my book. (Then again, if that's what it takes, feel free to leave me your number).
What do you think is the best way for a writer to market their work? For that matter, how about politicians? What can they do to convince you they're your best choice.