In the digital age, every business is in the publishing industry. And that includes yours.
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How worthwhile is it for a writer to invest time in social media for marketing purposes, and how much time? Should we torture ourselves to do it if it isn't in our DNA? Does it really work?
I didn't become a writer solely to earn money. But getting paid validates a writer's professionalism. And remember, without their writers, publishers would have no product to peddle.
You don't have to trash your memoir material in order to make it into a book, but before you send out that query to publishers, just consider whether your life would be better as fiction.
I have it on good authority that starting tomorrow we'll "share" our content on our iphones for no advance. People will say things like "I guess I'll write a book" and no one will find it unusual.
As of December 7, short stories by Christopher Buckley, Edna O'Brien (and by January Curtis Sittenfeld, and presumably many others) are available on Kindle, courtesy of a deal with the Atlantic Monthly.
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