The audience is out there

8 thoughts on “The audience is out there”

  1. Hi Alison, I think you’re right that writing represents a whole box of treasures to the writer. Fundamentally, I think, we want to express the maelstrom of ideas and emotions within us, in a form that not only draws in readers, but also enables them to decipher our artistry and to feel and think what we wanted them to. The other, pressing challenge seems to be one of time. Time spent marketing is time spent away from writing!


  2. Hi Derek and thanks for the initial prompt. I agree with the time problem, the trouble is, it looks like no one will do the marketing for us!


  3. Well AliB, a writer pal and I once toyed with the idea of a collective of writers who all undertake to promote one another’s work, based on a time commitment of ‘x’ hours per month. The immediate challenges became:
    1. What if some works are simply better than others or in a genre for which the promoter has no interest / experience?
    2. How could you be sure everyone was pulling their equal weight?
    3. How skilled would each promoter be?
    Alas, much like saving for the future and dependable politicians, it died a death.


  4. Hi Ali – thanks for an excellent post. You’ve summed up the same thoughts that’ve crept up on me over the last few years. So much has changed in publishing that earlier ambitions don’t seem to apply anymore.

    As you say, the future is in our own hands. That feels rather good to me. I’d say go for it – you’ve nothing to lose and a lot to gain. Good luck!


    1. Hi Diana
      I certainly feel the stigma has gone out of self-publishing and although the work is still more, the gap is not what it was. I’ve had some good feedback on Kettle, so if current leads don’t materialise (I’m back on authonomy, by the way!) I may well ‘go for it’.


  5. Hi Derek, Sounds like my idea that our writing group should pool the money we spend on writing comps and set up a publishing house. Actually I think Tyndall Street Press starred as a cooperative. (But don’t let me start on writing comps!)


  6. This post is so relevant both for me personally and for the market as it is at the moment. I love promoting my platform here and on Twitter etc but it’s not leaving much time to write so what’s the point of a platform anyway! In truth I’d rather be writing a blog post than working on my wip or my picture book submissions. I’ve submitted very little this year (obviously other things like illness have contributed but…) Like you say, even if you receive the ultimate accolade it can lead to much hard work. A friend who has just been signed for a two book deal is now rushing round the country, for no extra money, to give talks and signings. If we went along the e-publishing route then we’d still be having to do a lot of marketing. It’s a problem. Maybe crocheting could be an alternative choice of occupation!


  7. Hi Ros
    Or in my case knitting? (But I’d still like to think I write better than I knit!) I think I realised how much time I’ve spent on ‘platform’ (aka socialising?) and that I might as well be doing it to an end. I also see a friend who has a book deal and is starting all of this from scratch – very daunting for her. While I am half way there with nothing to sell.
    Only trouble is I’m now engaged with a new WIP, so it’s tempting to go into writerly hiding for a while.
    We shall see!


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