TUMBLR

A scrapbook of stuff I'm reading / looking at / listening to / thinking about. Ask me anything you can't Google.



I am extremely impressed with your marketing capabilities that you managed to utilize to get the exposure for your excellent book that it deserves. Is there any specific advice that you would like to give to aspiring writers? I am currently working on my debut novel and I started my blog to build up a follower base, but it is really hard to hold people's attentions in this day and age, unless your content is packaged in a visually appealing form. Naturally, cover design aside, this is a little problematic with a novel... Also, is there any other writing project that you are working on besides Newspaper Blackout?

Mar 03, 2011
Permalink
I am extremely impressed with your marketing capabilities that you managed to utilize to get the exposure for your excellent book that it deserves. Is there any specific advice that you would like to give to aspiring writers? I am currently working on my debut novel and I started my blog to build up a follower base, but it is really hard to hold people's attentions in this day and age, unless your content is packaged in a visually appealing form. Naturally, cover design aside, this is a little problematic with a novel... Also, is there any other writing project that you are working on besides Newspaper Blackout?

Thanks! Yes, I have the secret for aspiring writers/artists/people, and here it is: "Do good work and put it where people can see it."

Seriously, that’s really all I know. Just focus on making the work as good as you can. Other artists will tell you the same:

@beatonna:

lots of emails ask for advice. Lots ask about ‘finding an audience,’ I’m afraid the only way to find an audience is to make good comics.

Dani Jones:

1. Make stuff. 2. Show it to people.

I actually work in marketing now, and nobody I’ve bumped into has a better formula than this.

One more piece of advice I can give you: think about what you can offer people that isn’t just your work. Talk about process, post books you’re reading…share the things you love with your readers. (I have way more readers of this tumblr than my actual blog where I post my work.)

PS. Check out my “blogging” tag for more advice about blogging

PPS. I forgot to answer about projects. I’m making poems, reading a lot, collecting material for a project about art and marriage, doing collages, and writing stupid messages on my chalk mug. And drawing. And writing.

16 notes

  1. austinkleon posted this
Subscribe to my newsletter and get new art, writing, and interesting links delivered to your inbox every week.