One insidious catch-22 of publishing is that in order to get a publisher’s attention, you often have to be already successfully published. Another significant challenge for authors is that you then also have to sell books, and one of the best ways to do that is through public speaking engagements. A lot of books and articles for writers focus on all the skills that writers need in order to be successful as published authors, and some of those skills tend to be things that many writers aren’t necessarily good at.
However, if you’re willing to learn a few skills and put in the time, learning some of these skills can be a great way to build a fan base and a marketing platform to help you get published and sell books.
I’ve been writing since I was about eight, and I started writing novel-length science fiction and fantasy stories when…
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