Bright lights. Fresh air…

For the first time in over five years, I am returning to the land of LIVING AUTHORS. Having spent said five years working as a ghost-writer, it’s now time for me to shake off the white sheet and start pitching myself as an author in my own right. And yes, to my horror, that means embracing the world of social media.

Feels like I’ve been safe for years. I’ve made a decent-ish ( – emphasis on the ‘ish’) living from ghosting and have sold plenty books, but all in the guise of a certain celebrity. Ghosting has both its benefits (sales!) and its drawbacks (no profile for me, miniscule royalties, and someone else taking the credit for my hard work). It has also taught me loads about the craft of writing, as well as the weird, occasionally wonderful and often frustrating world of traditional publishing. It’s been a blast of an opportunity. It’s given me a career. But now I’m growing up. I’m writing for me.

…Which means taking heed of several technology savvy friends (all aghast at my current lack of social media presence…I know, I know) and raising my profile and building a readership. It’s new and A BIT WEIRD and I’m in a tail-spin, wondering whether I’ve left it too late/can justifying following Harry Styles and Lucy from Made in Chelsea/can afford to devote sacred writing time to the addictive lure of the virtual world.
We’ll see. In the mean time, to my one, possibly two followers, any advice welcome…



2 thoughts on “GIVING UP THE GHOST – PART I

  1. Since you asked– I think you can focus on books or you can focus on writing, but it’s hard to do both. “success” online is defined by a lot of little transactions… if you want to build a following and a regular audience you need lots of “content”, which is a word I despise but fairly accurate. This is pretty much the opposite of the publishing world, is it not? I am far, far from an expert but this is what I think i know so far.

    • Thanks for the wisdom. Publishing is a crazy nonsensical arse of an industry. And self-publishing, so far, seems even crazier. But totally agree about the little transactions…it’s just a mammoth staying on top of them !

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