Blog Favorite: WordDreams
What I love about it:
Jacqui is not afraid of marketing her work.
So many writers and artists shy away from ‘selling’. It’s reasonable to want to focus on your creative skills, yet especially in the 21st century, no book, art or photographs are going to make a difference to anyone if they’re stuffed away in your filing cabinet or doc folders. Blogging, social media and understanding the market for your work are essential activities, whether you want to self publish or find a traditional publisher. There’s so much more to becoming a published author than just getting your butt in the seat. With her blogs and book sales she reaches thousands of people and has created a good income from her efforts, discipline and creativity.
Jacqui loves to write and research.
These are both valuable skills in this world of publishing, blogging and authoring. If you love to write, these are also skills you can commit to develop. She has sculpted her talents into blogs over the last 5 years or so,while continuing to update her tech books, and write her fiction. This blog focuses on sharing tips and resources for writers ready to take their craft more seriously. Part of writing well is continuing to improve your skills, and you’ll find plenty of quality content she has curated and created to help beginning or more advanced writers get on the right track.
WordDreams is creating an interactive community that is providing solutions and insights for writers.
Many blogs by authors are no longer personal. They don’t reply to comments, or they have such a large audience they hire someone to respond. I love that she replies, adds more info or clarifies questions with each comment. Her humor and depth of knowledge and experience make it a pleasure to spend some time exploring her blog.
Hot Tip for Me:
1. Get out there and support other authors and bloggers. Expand your community. Visit author or reading websites to provide reviews. Look for opportunities to connect, share and network. Someday those connections will be the ones who retweet your blog posts, review your latest book or help your spread the word when you finally get published. Start building your network now!
2. Be patient! Jacqui started her blog 5 years ago, and started taking her writing seriously 15 years ago. You and I can’t expect to have thousands of people visit our site until we have built a library of quality content. Be prepared for a marathon, not a sprint, so you’ll reap the benefits of your consistent efforts, developing your skills and finding the writing opportunities that suit your personality and talents.
It’s not easy to do it all, but every writer needs a break from the blank page… a reason to get out and connect with others who share their passion, and present the world with your own unique talents. Sometimes you even get some great ideas for your next book, article or blog post!
What are you doing to find your market, create your own unique brand and support other writers and artist as you build a creative community? I’d love to hear your thoughts.