You can’t see it, but there is an M.B.A. behind my name. I pull it out occasionally like a magicians rabbit from his hat.
“When I was in Graaaad School getting my M.B.A in MARKETING…”
It usually only gets pulled out when I’m losing an argument (which sometimes has nothing to do with marketing but I want to appear smarter), or when I’m sitting in an office meeting full of men and I’m getting the feeling they think I am the executive assistant, secretary, or food service (might I clarify that there is nothing wrong with ANY of these positions), or times like now, when I just feel like showing off 🙂
I would say, half the time it works, but every time it gets attention (is there a difference between good and bad attention?)
And so, I’ve always understood the importance of marketing (it is my career after all). Organic, paid-for, guerrilla, social media, print – they are all essential. Now that I am taking the time to work on my writing as well, I understand that the marketing has to go hand in hand. Through the research that I have done in the publishing world, they want to see that you use social media and have active followers, and people generally interested in your work besides your family.
I also understand all too well that the best writers are also the best READERS. You learn how to write better, you learn to implement grammar better, you’re completing research in your field.
I’m an extremely organized person, and I am trying to get a handle on the small amount of time I have for this “hobby” (Since I am not a paid writer at this point, I will still refer to it as a hobby until my first paycheck comes in).
Out of the small amount of time, I have to balance reading, writing, and marketing. Sometimes, as I am in the middle of reading a chapter, and am reflecting on how good a sentence is or how part of the story struck me, I can’t help but then think how I should be WRITING myself! At this moment, my schedule is to read one chapter a night (two if it was short), post at least once in a social media account on my own behalf, and sit down to write for a few hours once a week.
How do you balance the three when ALL are fun, but your time is limited?