In Which We All Learn a Lesson From Rexroth

February 11th, 2009 • Kate

As you may recall, Rexroth (aka, my husband) is a writer, like so many of you. He comes from an indie culture background, and has strong and exciting opinions about the publishing world, on many topics. Just today, he shared a plethora of exciting links that I, for my part, wanted to share with you. Because I think they’re pretty darn interesting, too.
First, a funny blog from England on how NOT to approach booksellers with your self-published book. Key quote:

You started explaining the plot of your book and you’d only been talking for a couple of minutes — not even up to the bit with the anaemic vampire – when she took it out of your hand and said she’d have a look at it when she had time. When you turned round there were quite a few people in the queue and they must have heard you talking about it — in fact, you’re convinced that they’re probably asking the “owner” (hah!) to order them copies right now.

Then, the flip side — actual useful information not just for self-published authors, but for ANY author, on how to approach your local bookstore about your book.
Beyond that, check out Publetariat, a blog for people who publish. Yes, there’s a lot of focus on self-published authors and “micropublishers”, but again, there’s some incredibly useful information on marketing that’s worthwhile for ALL published writers, like this post on making your own book trailers.
Finally, Rexroth is grabbing some really interesting news off his Twitter feed from the Tools of Change conference, and he shares his thoughts. One of the most popular things he’s hearing? “Going forward, the most successful books will be as much about community as about content.”
As a writer, what are you doing to promote community?
Note: Image of Rexroth is purely an artist’s rendering, and should not be assumed to represent a likeness.

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2 Responses to “In Which We All Learn a Lesson From Rexroth”

  1. Kelly Ann Fiore Says:

    I think the idea of community is important to a writer on so many levels. Having a writing community in which to network seems to be what we usually hear about when it comes to community. But I think that being in the community you are writing about (assuming you aren't writing about vampires, aliens, or serial killers) can be a really important part of the process. Along the same lines, I think you should try to spend time in the community of the people you are targeting as your reading audience. As a YA writer, I know that my being a high school teacher is invaluable research every day. It gives me endless ideas on what to write about but it also gives me varied perspectives from that age group. Once I am in the position to market a book I've written, I think I will be well-schooled in not only what a teen is looking to read, but why. At least, I hope I will. They are endlessly changing and surprising me. (Just today, I learned that "fo' shizzle" is SO five years ago.)

  2. jeanoram Says:

    "As a writer, what are you doing to promote community?"
    Uh…42?
    This is such a huge question. I think I can wrap my mind around it without a huge splat happening somewhere inside my noggin.
    I suppose the biggest thing I do in terms of giving back to the writing community is being active in the online community over at Agent Query. I am part of several critique groups. I join in many discussions, I ask and answer questions and also serve as a volunteer chat moderator. It's great. Although I 'give', I also receive soooo much!
    I also blog on my website and share everything I learn about writing. (Even the things I don't learn sometimes!)
    Outside of the writing community, I have recently started doing a big give away. People, in a lot of ways, have lost their community and children have been losing the simple joys of childhood. I have over 700 cheap or free, simple activities for kids that I am giving away. I've started a blog (www.itsallkidsplay.blogspot.com) where I post an activity every day and I am in the process of building a website that will house all the activities. (The site is at least a week away from breaking out into the cyber world.) So, as a writer, that's the biggest way that I am giving to the global community at large.
    Enjoy!