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 two novels, Jump When Ready and Streetlights Like Fireworks. Currently, he’s working on a sequel to Jump When Ready, to be published in 2014. His short fiction has also appeared in literary reviews (this made him feel really cool at the time but he would imagine they’ve since disappeared from the face of the earth). While he’s still writing about himself in third-person, David should probably also mention that he has an MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. 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 often in Richmond).

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