My class on Literary Citizenship is starting to fill, and the students are already completing the first assignment: buy your domain name and create a blog/website.
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was ten. I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember, and I used to think that’s all I had to do to succeed as a writer. When I first started getting advice about self-promotion, I turned away from it and thought, “Surely I don’t need to do that. The quality of my work will stand on its own. I don’t want to throw myself at people saying, ‘Look at me! Look at my book! Pay attention to me!'”
My novel writing professor, Cathy Day, has started to change my mind. She talks not about self-promotion but about literary citizenship. I’ll be taking her class on it next semester, but I understand the basic idea behind it. She thinks that the best way to make yourself known to readers, agents, editors, and your fellow writers is not to beg…
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