Writing is difficult enough without all the noise in the universe. Countless hours spent in solitary confinement, honing a fickle craft. Ever-shifting currents in the publishing industry. Networking in a field spread thin across the globe. Shouting above the din to be heard and discovered.
Who knows how to slay the beast?
Depending on who you talk to, everyone does. Or nobody.
The best practices are published in thousands of books. Blogs espouse top 10 lists. Podcasts prescribe the right path. Each medium proclaims their own brand of advice to help authors spawn upstream. The adherents to the various outlets are faithful to their favorite preachers.
But which ones are right?
All of them. Or none of them.
Wait, Chuck, you’re confusing me. Out of one side of your mouth, you are telling me to listen to all of them. Then out of the other side of your mouth, you tell me not to.
Yes. And no.
Each writer needs to figure out their own path. There is NO singular way. Broad strokes won’t whitewash anyone to success. All the advice and best practices should be studied and tested.
One of the reasons I agreed to co-host The Mando Method Podcast on Project Entertainment Network was because of the objective behind our show. Although that reason pales in comparison to my selfishness in spending time with my idol, Armand Rosamilia.
When Armand pitched the idea of The Mando Method to me, he was adamant the show bring two, distinct perspectives to the program. The newer author’s side and the experienced veteran’s. And he was clear our advice and discussions would center around what works or doesn’t work for US. It would be a writing podcast about sharing experiences, not preaching or professing to have all the answers.
This in no way is a condemnation on ANY of the other podcasts or blogs about writing. Armand and I are open about our love of many different programs and columns. Heck, we even mention other shows and books on our show because it adds an additional layer of sharing with our audience.
The purpose behind this post is simple. Writers need to be cautious of eating our own. We have to work diligently to help the newer authors navigate their way through the dark corridors. We need to update the experienced writers on new, improved marketing behaviors and promotional tools. We must work together to lift every one of us up so we can all share in the fruits of our art.
And we have to remember to caution our supporters to due diligence with their own work, using a little bit of everything. It is our responsibility to each other.
Now, I have to wrap this up so I can go record another episode where Armand tells me not to make the same mistakes he made when he started out. And then I go and do it wrong anyway.
Hopefully, you will give our show a listen and let us know what you think.