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How Can Authors Find Readers?


Some of the wildest relationships in the world are between authors and readers.

Lately, writers have had a new horde of “experts” yelling at them about how to hook-up with readers.

Personally, I don’t think any two books (except the pulps in various genres) have the same history of attracting readers.

It seems that, just as Mary wants Jim but Jim needs a wake up call and Mary doesn’t want to seem forward and Jim…, well you get the idea; seems that authors need Relationship advice, not Marketing advice.

Readers have relationships with authors, always have, and today’s publishing scene is begging authors to build relationships with their readers, like never before.

Some say writers need to “Build A Platform”–sounds rather like a place to shout at folks

Some refer to the author’s audience as their Tribe.

Jeff Goins recently wrote a blog post called, Finding Your Tribe May Be the Hardest Thing You Ever Do.

Jeff speaks from an interesting perspective best summed-up in this quote from another post:

Writers Don’t Write to Get Published,…is a call-to-action for writers to fall back in love with the art of writing and to let go of the need to be acknowledged and affirmed.

“I had an epiphany a few years ago that really set me free from my own self-doubt and allowed me to just write for the sake of writing.”

So it’s a bit of a surprise when his post on finding a tribe says:

We are all  looking for a tribe. Our 1000 true fans. A place to belong. We want to be heard and known, to actually make a difference.”

You see, Jeff wrote a Manifesto about writing-for-the-sake-of-writing so he could use it to attract a tribe to his writing

Believe me, I’m not crying foul or looking down on Jeff’s approach. I’ve written for the sake of writing and I’m now working to find my tribe.

Perhaps the whole concept will become clearer by reading the extensive comments Jeff got for his post………
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7 responses to “How Can Authors Find Readers?

  1. Simone Benedict September 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Oh boy, I’m trying to find my tribe too for sure. And the branding? I’m still not sure on that one. It’s all a lot to think about really.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai September 23, 2011 at 8:24 pm

      Simone, you can wrangle goats to do your bidding and branding yourself is a mystery?

      I’ll be your temporary mirror–“Wow!, look at that lady, she just stands there laughing and folks are filled with wisdom… Whew !!

      :-)

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  2. Jeff Goins September 23, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Alexander. It’s a bit of a paradox, isn’t it? I think that when we write from the heart, that content naturally attracts an audience. All the best in finding your tribe.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai September 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      Best to you, too, Jeff :-)

      Paradox is inherent in writing itself and, when the writer deals with finding their readers, Paradox becomes Sweet Enigma………

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