In his post, The Illusion of Patronage, Seth Godin points out that we can no longer depend just on our writing for success. We must engage with our fans, our reading public, through speaking and business ventures.
This is one of those good news, bad news things.
For energetic writers entering the publishing world, eager to rub shoulders with their fans at Tweetups, be interviewed on Internet radio, post loads of videos on YouTube and promote their latest book on a t-shirt, this is good news.
For old-school writers still banging out their manuscripts on a Remington Rand, refusing to blog, tweet, link or friend, and who think Kindle is what fuels the fireplace, this is bad news.
Long ago Mr. Rogers told us about the part we play in our success in his song “You’ve Got to Do It”
Actually, someone does have your back.
It’s you, building, serving, nurturing and maintaining your own tribe.