I'm delighted to say I have a guest post up this morning at the Writer's and Artist's Yearbook -- How to Win Fans and Influence People.
A dear friend pointed out to me, though, that it's quite an optimistic look at things. It's true; I was feeling optimistic the day I wrote it. And I'm prone to writing at much greater length than the rough word count for the Yearbook, so there were some things I would've liked to say that simply wouldn't fit in. Word counts can be cruel.
So let me add the one most important caveat here: All of this winning-fans business is really slow.
You're going to have to be incredibly persistent. If it works at all! Building a fan base may never happen for you. There are no guarantees that you'll ever make it, even on a modest indie scale. So there's really no point in all of this unless you look deep into your own heart and you know that making your art is compensation enough.
It's OK if it isn't. It's a hard life, and you're frankly crazy if you jump into it for the glamour and riches, and not because you've got stories burning a hole in your skull.
But if you do -- there's never been a more exciting time to be a writer, and I mean it. So what are you waiting for?