Cindy Hudson's interview with author Elizabeth Lyon ends this issue on this note:
There was a time, over a decade ago, when I did not want to hear about the business side of writing. The reason was simple: I couldn't handle it. I had too much to learn already, or so I felt.
This ended up being true, for me. I already had my work cut out to learn how to write well enough for publication and how to sell my hard-wrought efforts in exchange for money.
It took me no less than five years of concentrated effort to get those skills firing with enough piston-power to be in a position to start thinking about self-promotion and professional development on top of them.
And for the past five years, I've worked hard to develop these other two important skill sets. And every day I wake up and there is still more to learn.
Ten years ago, there was no such thing as social networking. Five years ago, an online presence still seemed optional. Today, writers are trying to learn how to write well, how to sell their words, how to market themselves, and how to grow as professionals in a constantly shifting marketplace.
I just composed a press release about myself, Sage Cohen, and Cindy Hudson publishing four books within three years by working together for mutual success. If I had to choose just a few words to describe how we all succeeded, they would be:
I don't see very many people beating the drum of focus, determination,
and consistency these days. There are so many other seemingly sexier
topics to get all mixed up in. But I don't care. I'm going to keep
beating it...right through the static and the get-rich-quickly scams
and the uncertainty.
In the meantime, be mindful. It's chaotic out there. And chaos won't do much for your focus, determination, or consistency.
Trust in people who have an established track record of integrity and quiet authority, who aren't going to cash in their relationship with you to make a quick buck. You'll hear about them in this and all of my publications.
Make good things happen!
Publisher & Editor