That’s not a bad practice. In fact, emulating our favorite writers can establish professional habits, whether it be in
the writing process or in marketing and promotion. Modeling our careers after successful writers is commendable. But stalking a writer through harassment and unwanted attention shoots the follower straight out of the unprofessional canon. What exactly do I mean? Here are nine naughty ways to give you the status of a stalker.
1. Multiple requests for the writer to read your work. Free of course.
2. Numerous comments on social media.
3. Pushing a piece of toilet tissue from one stall to another with a note of devotion. (I had this happen during a writer’s conference. I avoided the writer for the remainder of the time.)
4. Repeated emails of your fan status and how you’d do anything for him/her.
5. Sending an abundance of gifts.
6. Shoving a manuscript in his/her face before the first sip of coffee at a writer’s conference. (I had this done. I wanted to bite the writer’s hand.)
7. Planting your rear outside of the writer’s residence. (A good reason for a professional writer to use a post
8. Waiting outside the hotel door of a writer at conference.
9. Writing that enlists plagiarism is a crime.
So what can a writer do to increase agent, editor, and professional recognition without being a nuisance? The following are nine ways to model your career after successful writers—the smart way.
1. Approach your writing as a business. To make a business prosper, an investment of time, education,
and money is a necessity.
2. Invest designated hours to learn the craft and write.
3. Invest in how-to books, time to read and reread.
4. Invest in the novels from your genre and read them.
5. Invest in a writer’s conference that provides sound teaching and is well attended by agents, editors, and
6. Involvement in a critique group, via online or face-to-face.
7. Involvement in a writer’s group, via online or face-to-face.
8. Social Media is a must in today’s world of publishing. Learn it. Do it. That means a quality website,
Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, blog regularly and/or guest blog. Practice the philosophy
that social media is not about you but what you can offer to others.
9. Subscribe to blogs and newsletters from those within the industry who have a proven track record: agents,
editors, publicists, marketing and promotion specialists.
10. Understand there is no easy road to publication.
11. Willingness to provide instruction to other serious writers.
12. Wisdom to discern what guideline work for you.
Did you note there are more smart items than naughty ones? A professional writer embarks upon a journey on the road to publication. It may take six months, a year, two years or more to reach your publication goals, but you can do it with the habits of a successful writer and be able to help other aspiring writers too.
About DiAnn Mills:
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She currently has more than fifty-five books published.
Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2014 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; and a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is also a craftsman mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.
She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. Visit her website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.
About DiAnn's new release, FIREWALL:
After a whirlwind romance, Taryn Young is preparing to board a plane at Houston International Airport, bound for a dream honeymoon, when a bomb decimates the terminal. Injured but still alive, she awakens to discover her husband is missing and they’re both considered prime suspects in the attack. Further, the FBI is convinced her husband isn’t who he appears to be.
Agent Grayson Hall’s number-one priority is to catch those responsible for the day’s act of terror. All evidence is pointing to Taryn and her new husband. But his instinct tells him her pleas of innocence are genuine. Is her naiveté just for show, or could she truly be another victim of a master scheme, possibly linked to the software she recently developed for her company?
With both their lives and reputations on the line, and the media outcry for justice increasing with each passing minute, Taryn and Grayson have no choice but to trust one another . . . and pray they can uncover the truth before they become two more casualties.