Indie Writer 5 – Curple Pow ©

Seth Godin wrote a book on marketing called Purple Cow – advising all businesses to stand out from the crowd or face the consequences. Good stuff. I recommend it.

Now Seth is a good lad ‘n all, writing and blogging on his list of tricks (good for him) – but he’s no indie writer. So I’m here to give it to you straight. Get a bit of this up ya …

The Curple Pow ©

You are the master of Curve Balls: pitching your material out into the void and never expecting it to go in a straight line. The unexpected is your way of life.

You are Supple: flexible and adaptable. You sit your bottom on many chairs.

You are a writer of impact – POW: unclassifiable and unrestrainable.

(ok, i’m straining it … but in doing so I think i’ve made my point)

I can’t give you a recipe for standing out from the crowd, all I’d be doing is making the crowd bigger. Who isn’t blogging, tweeting, facebooking and networking in one way or another?

I can’t even give you something as basic as “use the internet to your advantage”. I wholeheartedly believe in this, but it’s not the be all and end all.

Listen:

I met a writer in Australia who self-published 1,000 paperback copies of his book. He invited himself to every reading event and poetry slam he could find, read passionately, smiled a lot, and sold signed copies of his oeuvre out of his ruck sack. He sold out in less than a year. If you factor out printing costs he was left with about two thirds of cover price in pocket. That put his earnings a whole order of magnitude higher than any publishing house could offer. And I don’t need to tell you he’s doing better than 90% of the indie writers out there.

Lesson: low tech can be successful.

So what can I tell you?

The following:
Make your writing extraordinary. (more on this in another blog series)

You can be sure that there are people who will like what you do. Find them.

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