I wrote this as a post on Linkedin a few weeks back. I keep getting emails about it from indie writers (indie writers disguised as people who want to sell me viagra). I thought that I would share it here. Plus, I am sick as a dog’s butt and don’t want to write anything new. Anyway, if you want to sell tons of books, talk to someone else. If you want to sell as many as I do, listen to me!
1. Be kind and outgoing and generous.
2. Offer to help people with things you are good at.
3. Accept help with things you are not good at.
4. Meet other writers and be cool to them; most of them will be cool to you.
5. Don’t set your expectations too high or too low.
6. Use social media, but don’t expect it to solve all your problems.
7. Don’t get so busy Marketing that you don’t Write!
8. Market, it’s important. Be creative.
9. Come to grips with your various definitions of ‘community’. Become an active neighbor.
10. Beware those with all the answers.
11. Seek out those with all the questions.
12. Use the internet to learn as well as to have fun and blow off steam.
13. Don’t put your blinders on. Your work is important. It is not as important as your friends and family, your health, etc.
14. Pay attention to the small things. Those are the things most people miss.
15. Put your pride aside, but not away.
16. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
17. Help others before yourself. Push THEIR work.
18. Promotion involves motion. Get off the couch.
19. Everything I just said is gospel.
20. Disregard everything I just said.
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JD Mader is currently sick and choking on his uvula. You should still buy his book Joe Cafe and visit his website www.jdmader.com. In fact, you should especially do it now when he could be watching ‘The Big Lebowski’ and eating macaroni and cheese.