What did you do to promote your writing before you were published?

I'm currently writing a Steampunk Adventure novel, and I'm hoping to build up an audience while I write.  Basically, I'm wondering what you (a published writer) did to build your audience (if anything) before you began submitting your novel to agents, or before you began the self publishing process.

Views: 59

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

I started writing before making any attempt to attract an audience. I'm not sure how much of a readership it would be possible to attract without anything for them to read. A blog about the writing process is one way to connect with people as you write, but that's most likely going to attract would-be writers, and it's not clear that that would translate into book buyers, ultimately. You'd probably be better off putting the energy and time into the novel rather than marketing for a product that doesn't exist yet.

The first things I worked on were short stories. You might consider that route as a way of connecting with an audience, since the short stories you produce as you work on the novel can appear in a number of places before a reading audience, and each one potentially attracts some readers to your website, or blog, or however you choose to present yourself on-line, which means that when your novel does appear, there will be people who've heard of you and seen your work.

I think Paul is right. I have a webcomic and I'm writing novelettes and novellas to augment the world for my readers. I have sold some. In addition, I know one woman who has a fictional blog that is really telling a story. Pretty much a serial liek inthe radio days, but online. It's kind of cool.

I say build your world and they will come. :)


I started by keeping interested friends informed via Facebook, so that I had a small audience waiting when the book was finally produced.  Then those friends, when they read the book and enjoyed it, spread the word to their own friends, so that word-of-mouth blossomed out into what turned out to be decent sales for an unknown indie.

Building an audience takes a while, but I think the most important thing is being social. You should have something for people to read, to get a 'feel' for your writing style. I wrote short stories and had them published on different markets, and now have links to them on my blog.   


SWAG Support Fund

Visit us on:

TWITTER                          TUMBLR



Latest Activity

magassia promotions posted blog posts
Charity Winiarski liked Stephanie Kato's profile
Jul 12
Charity Winiarski liked Madeleine Holly-Rosing's profile
Jul 12
Charity Winiarski liked Aimee Stewart's profile
Jul 12
Charity Winiarski liked Alexey Izvalov's video
Jul 12
Charity Winiarski posted a status
"Hey everyone! I just hit my 45,000 word mark this week in my novel The Maiden of Lightning!"
Jul 12
Edward Blair II posted a blog post

New Mixtape: Ed Blair - The Understudy

Purchase/Stream Here:https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-understudy/1224418737Early LifeBlair grew up in a middle-class neighborhood on Kalamazoo's West Side. In his Junior year at Kalamazoo Central High School, Ed formed the hip-hop group Da Heartthrob with friends. Many of Ed's earliest performances took place at The Strutt in Kalamazoo. At Maple Street Magnet School, some of his teachers ridiculed his aspirations to…See More
Jul 1
Edward Blair II is now a member of S.W.A.G
Jun 27

Click here for SWAG badges for websites

Small Press, Indie & Anthology Covers

© 2018   Created by Lia Keyes.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service