Write, Market, Sell

Write, Market, Sell is not to be confused with Eat, Pray, Love, although I like to mix it up a little bit. For instance, I love what I do, I’ve been known to eat when I write (love those M&M’s and Skittles), and I pray it all works out. 🙂

Remember when you made the decision to WRITE? Have you learned a lot since then? I know I have. And as long as we keep writing we will continue to learn as long as we make a conscious decision to do so. When we learn to write we have different obstacles to overcome: plot, dialogue, setting, pacing, and so much more.

I think marketing is much the same. When we MARKET we have a learning curve to conquer that is much the same. Some of the marketing obstacles I’ve had to learn about and continue to learn about have to do with: networking, websites, Facebook, twitter, and so much more.

I SELL a product. Again there is a learning curve. There are many ways to do this selling thing: book signings, hand selling, giving away product to hopefully sell more product later, interviews, and so much more.

So just like all of you on this journey with me there are many blank pages to be filled in the realm of Write, Market, Sell. We face a blank page every time we start a new story, but with experience we gain new skills, perspective and technique. It’s the same with marketing and selling our novels. We can’t do everything well all the time, but we can do many things well a lot of the time. So don’t be afraid of facing the blank page in any of these areas, gain wisdom and put it on the page.

What’s the latest skill you’ve honed in any of these areas? What’s one thing you plan to do differently in the New Year related to your writing? And do you nibble when you write?

Post Author: Jillian Kent

Jillian Kent is more than enthusiastic about the release of her first novel, Secrets of the Heart, The Ravensmoore Chronicles, Book One. She’s a full-time counselor for nursing students and holds a masters degree in social work. She’s fascinated with human behavior and thought it would be interesting to explore what might have happened in a lunatic asylum during England’s Regency era, her favorite time period. Jillian hopes you will escape into the past with her and find faith for the future.

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4 thoughts on “Write, Market, Sell

  1. Wow! This is a great post, Jillian. You’ve summed the writer’s life up in three words: Write, Market, Sell.
    Just yesterday I sat in the midst of a huge family arcade while my kiddos ran around and earned all sorts of tickets for SWAG and tried to brainstorm marketing ideas for the next five months. I’m trying to think both inside the box — this has worked for others — and outside the box — how can I make marketing uniquely mine?

    And, yes, I nibble when I write. But I shouldn’t. It wreaks havoc on the keyboard.

    • Hey Beth!
      I’m surprised you found the post. 🙂 I didn’t think it would be noticed the day after Christmas, but I figured I’d post anyway. Brainstorming marketing ideas for the next 5 months? You’re good. I still haven’t got past my word choice for the New Year. 🙂 I love your statement of “how can I make marketing uniquely mine?” That may just be the answer for each of us, Beth.

  2. Jill, there are times when I feel as if I just don’t want to Write, Market, Sell anymore–especially the last two! 🙂 But I know that there are pleasurable parts to each one of these activities, so I try to focus on what I enjoy in that particular moment.

    • Hi Rosslyn,
      I’m hoping that all the effort is worth it when I look at the big picture. Book Two comes out in May. So I’m looking at what I did last year for Book One and what worked, what didn’t and what I might want to try this year. My biggest hope is that I can learn to write smarter. 🙂

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