The “All-in-One” Author Hybrid

There was a time when the only thing writers had to worry about was…well, writing. This left plenty of time for other erstwhile pursuits such as drinking coffee, shopping for turtlenecks, and stuffing pipes.

The Age of Independence has changed all that. Now, authors not only need to concentrate on crafting tales, they also have to be marketers, bloggers, webmasters, and Social Media gurus.

And here I always thought of authors as recluses. These days they have to actually form relationships. And not just with a few people but rather hundreds, if not thousands.

How did we come this far so quickly?

Well, we didn’t really have a choice. Fewer dollars in the publishing industry have forced authors to take matters into their own hands through Self-Publishing.

But it’s really not such a bad thing. Since releasing Raincloud I’ve built a website, become a blogger, arranged book and reading tours, developed Social Media skills and met (in person and online) lots and lots of great people.

I’m also my own boss with no publishing board of directors to answer to. What could be better than that?

I, for one, am glad to be an “All-in-One” author hybrid. The learning never stops and neither does the fun.

See you out there!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

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Author: Richard S. Todd

Pro copywriter. Expressive voice artist. Award-winning public speaker.

2 thoughts on “The “All-in-One” Author Hybrid”

  1. Even if you have a publisher it seems they expect you to behave as if they don’t exist where publicity is concerned. All very well for those who know their way around a computer but I haven’t a clue. Does this blogging business do any good unless you spend more time at it than writing? Congratulations on being so resourceful, anyway.

    1. Hi LJ!

      Sure it does some good…I’ve met you because of it, didn’t I? 🙂
      In all seriousness, an hour a day is all it takes to keep your followers informed and to meet new people. I don’t mean you should just blog all the time, but keeping up with Twitter, Facebook, etc is important for a successful social media campaign.
      Without the computer I arranged a whole book tour with just a telephone. And because it’s my dime, it’s my time.
      Good point about the lack of support from publishers. If you’re going to do all the work yourself, why not self-publish and reap all the rewards yourself too?
      But you certainly do need to offer steak and not just sizzle, so actual writing time is just as (if not more) important than blogging.
      Thanks for commenting! RST

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