brni (brni) wrote,

what constitutes success?

A friend and I wandered up to Doylestown today. The Bucks County Coffee Company there is intermittent host to a Writer's Coffeehouse (apparently to be monthly by the end of the year). The weather was harsh on the way up, but not rain nor rain nor yet more rain would keep us from our appointed rounds. But it did make us late.

It was not quite what either of us expected.

However, I'm not really sure what I expected. *grin* And it was quite informative.

It was a little bit disconcerting how much of the discussion was based on marketing and self-promotion. If you want to be a successful writer, it was suggested, you need to do more than write well. Yes, clearly. But the implication was that to really have a chance at being successful, you need to (at a minimum) maintain a presence on all the major social networking sites - facebook, linkedin, myspace, twitter, plaxo pulse, etc. It's also suggested that you use google alerts to notify you any time something is posted in your area of interest and then make a point of posting a relevant comment in whatever blog about it, with (coincidentally) a link back to your own stuff. And write posts that name other authors (relevant ones, of course), so that people looking for them also find you.

While I'm sure that some degree of self-promotion is clearly necessary, this seems to me to be a level of marketing and self-promotion that I'm really not interested in pursuing.

So the questions are:

What amount of this is really needed/necessary to be successful (if, y'know, your writing is not teh sux0r)?

and: What constitutes success, anyway? Is King/Crichton-dom what we should all be striving for?

Regardless, I met some interesting folks, and I'm looking forward to the next one.
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