Q is for Question

When someone says something about writing, publishing, and marketing, do your research to find out if their opinion is right for you.


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Questioning the validity of what anyone says (including me) is a good idea.  I learned this from experience.  I know someone in my personal life who has a tendency to say something in a way that distorts the truth.  (More than that, the person doesn’t even realize they’re doing it.)  I’ve learned when I dig deeper into the issue, I find out what this person said was not accurate 90% of time, and sadly, this has caused a lot of pain and friction in the past.  Now that I started questioning things, I’ve had a lot more peace in my life.  So yes, question things.

But for the sake of this post, we’re looking specifically at writing, publishing, and marketing.

One thing I love about participating in author groups (esp. on Facebook) is that I can pull on a variety of experiences while also sharing my own.  It’s a great way to get more ideas on how to better write, publish, and market.  A lot of authors are happy to help others by sharing their knowledge.  So why not take advantage of it?

Also, there is a wealth of information available today than there was when I got into self-publishing ebooks back in 2009.  I can’t believe all the resources out there.  To name a few, there are books, blogs, podcasts, You Tube videos, and discussion forums.  Back in 2008 when I started looking into ebooks, a lot of things were based on trial and error.  The learning curve was pretty steep in some areas.  Most of the time, I was trying new things as people mentioned them and seeing if anything worked.  So you should be open to experimenting with different things and seeing which ones work best for you.  One thing I’ve learned is that there is no “one-size fits all” way to do things.

Another thing to consider is that things change.  You might find yourself doing things differently than you used to because the old ways no longer work.  I can tell you that since 2009 to 2016, things have changed a lot.  Things that used to work really well (like free books and $0.99) aren’t the surefire things they used to be.  Who here actually remembers when MySpace and Live Journal were good social networking sites for writers?  I met some really awesome writers on MySpace and Live Journal that I still know today.  *waves to Joleene Naylor and Stephannie Beman*  So what I’m really saying is that even if you have years of experience, you still need to learn new things.  Yes, this is a daunting task, especially when you get set in your ways, but it’s how life works.  Nothing stays the same forever.

This post if part of the Blogging from A – Z Challenge.

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to other genres, but her first love is historical romance. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and a couple of children. To find out more about her books, go to https://ruthannnordinsbooks.wordpress.com/.
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4 Responses to Q is for Question

  1. *waves back* I used to LOVE MySpace! *sigh*

    I’ve been organizing my sales data lately and it’s funny you mention what used to work vs what doesn’t because I was thinking that as I organized numbers. In 2010 if you set something to free you were guaranteed thousands of downloads that day – with no advertising. Now we’re paying hundreds of dollars to advertise for the same results. It’s definitely tougher!

    • I miss MySpace so much! It was my favorite place. I wish it had stayed relevant to what we do.

      I know! Free was the best way to get noticed back then. Now you run an ad to tell people you have a free book because the effectiveness isn’t there anymore. It makes sense since there are so many free books now. One thing that worries me is that KU is teaching people to expect every book to be free. I don’t know how we can fight something that strong.

  2. It’s funny that you and Joleen are talking about loving and missing MySpace. I hated it. It always seemed so “busy” to me. All this stuff all over my computer screen. I loved LiveJournal because it was simple and did what it needed to do. I feel like FaceBook is kind of like middle ground. There’s more to it than LiveJournal, but it’s not so crazy and confusing as MySpace was. In fairness to MySpace, though, I didn’t really give it much of a chance.

    Yes, we should definitely question everything we hear and decide if it’s right for us. That’s why I’ve gotten so hung up on plotting because so many people were telling me that pantsing wasn’t a valid way to write. I know some awesome writers who are pantsers. As you said, there’s no “one size fits all”.

    • What I liked about MySpace was how easy it was to create my own look and music to go with the site. But mostly, I miss the people I met over there. Thankfully, I still see Joleene around, but there are others I don’t. From time to time, I think about them and wonder what they’re doing now.

      LiveJournal was fine until a couple of nutty people started harassing Stephannie over her decision to modify the Persephone myth. After that, it just left a bad taste in my mouth.

      I think different sites work better for different people. Like I could never get into Pinterest. I tried it but didn’t care for it. I like Facebook the most. I’m still trying to figure out Google +, but most people I know are on Facebook, so my free time goes there. Twitter is more of an afterthought. I think Twitter is best for nonfiction writers, to be honest.

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