Publishing Advice: Don’t Believe a Word

David Pandolfe:

I’m constantly impressed with Robert Chazz Chute’s wealth of helpful advice for writers, all in the spirit of indie cooperation. A good blog to follow.

Originally posted on C h a z z W r i t e s . c o m:

The writing and publishing business is full of, “On the one hand, this. Oh, yeah, but on the other foot, what aboutthis BS?” Here’s the conflicting advice on my mind this week, to and fro, pro and con:

1. People complain about marketing on Twitter, “What can I say of value in 140 characters?”

It gets worse. It’s better if you say it in 100 characters. Say more with less and it’s more likely to be read and retweeted. Leaving more room allows for additions, links and commentary from enthusiastic retweeters. So be pithier. You’re a writer. You can handle that. 

2. More blog posts, daily, equals more traffic to your blog.

Unless you’re blogging a book, you’re losing time you could be using to write your next book. There are still many writers who struggle with time management and discipline. The writing — the book writing — has to come first…

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David Pandolfe is the author of the Jump When Ready series and Streetlights Like Fireworks. His short fiction has also appeared in literary reviews. While he's still writing about himself in third-person, David should probably also mention that he lives outside Richmond, VA, with his wife, two kids and a dog who's terrified of thunder (not the best situation since it thunders from spring until fall in Richmond).

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