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Opening up to chapter ten of You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins, we look at how to get things ready before we publish our first book (or whatever it is that you want to do with your writing). I found a lot of great points in this chapter and I’m excited to hear your thought about it!
Goins suggests, before aiming to publish a book from the start, focus on writing for publications and blogs. This serves to build up your portfolio (shows you know what you’re talking about), but also serves to start connecting you with the right people who might lead to your book on store shelves someday
He starts with giving us the secret to getting published: hard work and practice.
But seriously, that’s what it will take to make your manuscript into a paperback, your rough draft into a published piece and your blog into a well-known resource.
“There are no big breaks. Only tiny drips of effort that lead to waves of momentum.”-Goins.
Goins provides the steps to take to getting published and they can be applied to magazines or blogs. From my experience in writing for various publications online and in print, these steps are accurate and a great place to start. He helps keep you sane (from becoming overwhelmed), helps you learn to connect with publishers and also provides some practical beginning templates for how to contact editors at publications. All straight forward and quite helpful (he even reminded me of a couple articles that I need to follow up on, one of his points under ‘be persistent’).
But one of the key points flowing fluidly throughout this chapter connects directly with other chapters in this book: relationships. Once again, it’s all about the relationship. Specifically, the relationship between you and an editor.
“As it turns out, content is not king. Relationship is.”-Goins
You don’t just throw something at an editor and run for it, expecting them to email you back a ‘yes!’
Ever hear of ‘it’s all about who you know’ being the key to success? It’s true. Many people take that as a negative, that if you never enter the ‘inner circle’, you’ll never be able to make it big. But sometimes, it’s not about getting into the inner circle. It’s about connecting with the right people and building one relationship at a time, until those relationships turn into the very opportunities you’ve been looking for.
I’m a relational person and I truly believe that relationships make the world go round. So when someone like Goins interweaves the point of relationships into the business realm (where sometimes relationships can be sleazy or too sales-focused), it makes me enjoy his perspective all the more.
In writing for different publications, I cannot emphasis enough the power of relationships when it comes to writers and editors. You have a piece and an editor needs something to publish. But there needs to be a lot of connecting between the two before anything actually get printed on paper for the world to see.
“Remember: This is about forming relationships as much as it is about creating content.”-Goins
So the main points of chapter ten: Practice and Relationships.
Sounds like the perfect combination to me.
If you would like to join us, you can get a copy of the book at You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) And if you want to join the conversation, post your thoughts below or tag us on social media with #thepinkbookwormclub I look forward to hearing your thoughts!
If you read chapter ten, I would love to hear your thoughts below!