Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border

Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border
photo by Gene Tunick of Eureka, Montana

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tip O'Day #49

Gerald L. Griffin suggests holding off on blogging until you get published.

I believe blogs for a writer are most useful only after one has been published and has a website and fan base. At this point my biggest suggestion to you is to GET PUBLISHED! Then set up a website! Your blog then becomes more useful. But first steps first.

To get published, as every writer knows, the greatest help is to find an agent. But these cats, particularly in these times, are difficult to come by, especially for an unknown writer. So you may have to seek a publisher without an agent. This will require a search quest on your part, but a publisher you must find! And until you do, any other suggestions become inappropriate.

So, friend, find a publisher, or in some way become published --- and we can take it from there. Never forget, this is a business --- a hard business! To survive, you must have a passion for writing, and read the books of those who have demonstrated this passion, hoping that some magic will rub off.

Gerald’s website can be found at http://www.authorgeraldgriffin.com

His fourth published novel is OF GOOD AND EVIL and he is near completion of number five. Gerald is a very helpful, supportive gentleman, but I’m not sure about the first bit of advice he offers. Former lit agent Nate Bransford recently blogged that it’s never too early for writers to start establishing their online platforms.

What do you think?

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