As I mentioned in my earlier post about careers in Public Relations, there are many steps an undergraduate can take to help lift off their career. Volunteering or working student jobs for a specific company they wish to get hired by eventually is one way. But there are many others:
a. Intensify your communication skills.
b. Develop your own channels in Social Media.
c. Explore market strategies in your industry.
d. Learn suitable time management – advanced planning is key.
e. Become informed about your product and the competition.
f. Adapt and quickly learn new methods.
g. Be persistent.
h. Work hard on building brand recognition and customer loyalty.
i. And don’t give up or slack off – there’s always someone climbing up your backside wanting the slot you leave open.
As much as you might consider these to be issues a student should be familiarizing themselves with as they study for their degrees, these steps are just as pertinent to an author who is competing in our promotional jungle.
And anyone who is ready to, or planning to, dip their toes in this book-writing world had better not be under the delusion that they can wait until they actually have a book to sell.
Do not play that silly game with yourself. Warding off the evil of advertising that lurks in your future today only makes it a bigger boogieman for tomorrow.
If you are serious about wanting a writing career and if you fully intend to make any money whatsoever when you put your book on the market, then mark my words. These steps are difficult but in no way impossible. By putting them off, thinking you haven’t the time to write and take on these extra, time-consuming chores is not a good choice. All you’re doing is setting yourself up to either fail or force the universe to provide you with a miracle in order for success.
And trust me; miracles don’t come along very often. Hard work, consistent publishing and making connections are the way to a solid achievement.
Next blog - Intensify your communications skills.
***Just a thought - if you have a page on Google+ and need another friend, then please connect with me and I'll be happy to add you into my circles :-) (Hey - I'm getting the swing of this Social Media stuff....(grins)