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Too Much Advice Can Be Dangerous

Back in June I wrote the post, Taking Advice ~ Who’s Experience Do You Trust?  I featured advice from Joel Friedlander about publishing success.

I also shared some of my experience in learning how to take advice–basically, weigh it against the giver’s experience.

Regular readers of this blog know I’ve left Facebook and Twitter behind and am utilizing Google Plus as my social media platform. [EDIT: I’ve since dumped Google Plus, too…]

I got a share from Sue Van Fleet yesterday that led to a post from the literary agent Rachelle Gardner, How To Market Your Book.

Lo and Behold, it contains links to 33 blogs posts by writers about marketing and promotion. Whew!!

I’ve already spent over a year reading and digesting advice from more sources than I can remember; but, I will read through all those posts. Even though I know enough from my previous studies that I won’t find much new. Even though most of the advice will be things I can’t or won’t do. Even though much of that advice will contradict itself. Still, I will read them.


Because, my experience of marketing and promoting my writing is only a little over a year old and I may just find something brilliant that actually fits my situation and temperament :-)
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9 responses to “Too Much Advice Can Be Dangerous

  1. Simone Benedict August 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    33 links, wow…

    I have an email about a video to watch on building a platform. I want to learn more but the video is 60 minutes. Good golly!


    • Alexander M Zoltai August 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      Are you able to share a link to that video, Simone?


      • Simone Benedict August 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm

        I just went into my e-mail to check out the link. I nearly fainted.

        The site is a great resource for me and it could be the video is worth it. I just don’t have the necessary clams to shell out for it. I should have checked it out before I mentioned it. Whoops. I’ll forward the link to your e-mail in case you have a different take on it than I do.


        • Alexander M Zoltai August 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm

          Well, even though the name of the site is “prestigious”, my experience in the past year tells me there won’t be more info in that video than in the 33 blog posts linked-to in Rachelle’s post………


          • Simone Benedict August 20, 2011 at 9:18 pm

            I’m betting on that. I just spent some time looking over a few of the posts over at Rachelle Gardner’s blog. Her blog is appealing and the 33 links didn’t give me a jolt like I had thought it would.

            I learned a LOT in a short amount of time. I also found a wonderful and adorable blog that I went ahead and subscribed to.

            Sharing this information with us is a big whoop. What a gift. Thank you!


            • Alexander M Zoltai August 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm

              You’re very welcome, Simone !

              I’m sure I’ll be able to create a few blog posts about what I’m finding over there :-)


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