Networking can be tricky for a writer, especially for Indies. Here’s my top tips on how not to be an asshole.
How to Network
1) Email a writer you’ve never read telling them you love their work and asking them to read your book….cos it’s yours.
2) Just email a writer your book.
3) Add on FB or Twitter. Make no attempt at conversation. Post requests or links to your book or page on their timeline.
4) Propose a ‘read mine and I’ll read yours’ deal to someone you have no existing relationship with, especially if the genre they write in is not connected to the one you write in.
5) Propose a ‘review mine and I’ll review yours deal. (Reading said books not required).
6) Invest time in gathering reviews from other writers solely for cross-review purposes.
7) Asking other writers to proof or edit your work (hire an actual editor or proof-reader).
If you get constructive feedback you don’t like, say thank you and read it again a week later. Chances are you’ll find that some of the comments you’ve been given will improve your book in some way you hadn’t considered. When someone invests hours to give a good, honest critique of your work, you should be nothing but grateful that they valued it enough to do so.
1) Never network for the sake of sales.
Form relationships, have actual conversations. You might accidentally make a friend.
2) Never request that they read your book. If they ask after it, offer a free copy, no review requested.
3) Read books you genuinely think you’ll love. If you enjoy it, email the writer telling them so. Review it if you feel like it. Leave it to them whether they choose to respond or seek out your work.
4) Offer any skills you have to fellow writers for free. Expect nothing in return, do it to see others succeed and produce the best work they can. Success for one of us feeds into the collective.
5) Do not pester readers, but do pursue readers instead of other writers. Engage those you genuinely think will enjoy your work. Do this by placing your categories and keywords with some informed insight and by marketing in appropriate genre and forums and linking your book to similar titles. Give lots of copies away with only a gentle request for an honest review.
6) Occasionally construct a list of readers who have read works similar to yours. Email them a free copy stating that you’ve noticed they read X and think they’d enjoy yours also. Do not request a review.
7) Write. Lots. Produce a shit load of quality books that you’re proud of. More than anything this will increase your discoverability, assist your books in being linked to others that compliment and increase sales and aid in finding readers who care about your books. you’ll also encounter other, likeminded, writers who you can work and develop with.
8) Don’t be a needy, narcissistic sycophant.
Find Mark and his books at Amazon….Or don’t. He doesn’t give a fuck.