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You Can Not Write on Writing Alone: The Art of Self Promotion

Updated on August 2, 2017
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Janny C is an established freelance writer. Under the name of Jan Marie she published Angelic Confessions: A paranormal romance novella.

 Writing will only get you so far. If you think you can just write and then click the publish key and you’re done and the money will come rolling in...well that would be nice. Who honestly would think that you ask? You may be surprised who do. Writing up your article or your novel is just the half of it and the easy part. After that comes basically selling yourself.

 Book Writing

That gem of a novel you wrote through blood sweat and tears and years upon years you finally finished it and what a relief now you think all the hard work is done, but it's only your beginning as you enter into a new world and that is the world of publishing. This is also where you check your ego at the door. You got to be self assured, but not too much that it is a put off. Also know what you’re talking about and know the business. This will put you in a little bit of an advantage for you will know what the publishers/agents want and are looking for. It is a tough business and to know a bit about this business can save you or break you. To learn more check out Rebecca E  and Immartin hubs on Publishing, for they give it to you straight and hardcore. Publishing is pretty much promoting and pitching yourself. If you self publish you are going to have to self promote yourself no matter what. Seriously writing the novel IS the easy part.

 Article Writing

So now you have written that article and you clicked publish so now you can sit back and relax right? That would be wrong, sure your followers will come and read your stuff, but you want more right? You know increasing your traffic are important right? You see your stats and your Google Ad Sense and you see nothing, then go well why? Well the traffic is not going to come on its own and you got to work for it. Promote your new articles where ever you can use every tool out there to help boost traffic. With that you may be lucky and someone may click on a Google ad and earn you some money. Yes my friend even though you try your hardest you still come back with slim pickings, to a writer though those slim pickings are golden to us. There is something else I have discovered and that is to learn about writing a good sound bite. Just pasting the first few lines of the article can work, but really is it an attention grabber? I usually write a little sound bite to tease the reader in what the article is about in hopes that they will want to click it and read it, not only does the title have to grab, but also with the little descriptions of what the article is about to make the reader want to actually click on it and read.


 My Experience

To be honest I did hope that people would just come and flock to my articles and money would come rolling in. I know though that is not the case. I grumbled a bit for I did not want to self promote myself, but if I wanted to be writer it comes with the territory. I realized just writing alone does not cover it. I can write and write, but if I do not do anything with it I’m not going to make anything. That is why I sometimes take a day off from writing to promote my past articles more. No one is going to push and promote me better than myself. My evenings I usually take time to catch up on reading for I am myself still educating me. Have I discovered the life of a writer? Write, Read, Promote is that the key to success? Write on my friends!


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    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thank you MMMoney for stoping by.

    • MMMoney profile image


      8 years ago from Where U Can Make More Money

      very nice hub thanks

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thank you Lita. Im not sure if its confidence more so than my passion for writing, but I guess I got to have confidence as well to put my work out there so yeah. Hahaha thank you again!

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      Lita C. Malicdem 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Your ease and confidence as a writer flows through your readers. Very nice writing style and what a content. Keep it up!

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by to read James. Very grateful.

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      This is a very nice article. Thank you for publishing it.

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thank you prasetio Im happy I could share my passion for writing with you.

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thank you very much, Janny for share your thought about this topic. I hope your passion in writing never end. I support you from the back. I always found something about motivation from you, these all about writing. Good work, Janny. I rate this Up! Have a nice day!


    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Well thank you so much World-Traveler. It's what I strive for so that mean so much to me.

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      8 years ago from USA

      Hello JannyC

      You expressed the idea in a clear, concise and brief manner. Great!

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thank you billyaustin. Happy you enjoyed and you are so correct too. Seen it happen and I say well you didnt believe. And wow this hub score is up to 80! Thanks for all who rated!

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Pm you are great! I too am please with the little amount I found out I had. Im like telling everyone and they all look at me strangely but it golden to me! I know that I worked hard and I moved that mountain a bit. For first time Im a bit proud of myself but I always try to say grounded too and humble knowing I still am never done.

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      8 years ago

      Nice points Janny - I agree that self belief is crucial and just pure enjoyment - enjoy what you are writing about or trying to achieve. If you don't it will fall pretty flat quickly and that will be that!

    • pmccray profile image


      8 years ago from Utah

      I went through the self centered stuff too. I kept thinking who really wants to know what my opinion is, but now I just go for it. We all read "you can make money" and think okay all I have to do is write, but it takes patience and time. Like Rebecca E has stated "if you don't have patience" this site is not for you. I'm pleased that I'm seeing the smallest action on google sense. For so long it as at zero. You've done a fine job my friend.

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks for reading Dasiyjae. There are tons of tools out there to help promote too. I am picky though on the ones I use though for I find some I do better on than others.

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thank you Tony! I still get so "aww shucks Sir/Ma'am" when people find my writing informative and good and that it makes them think in a way they didn't before. That is my goal so its good but compliments are still so hard. Thank you though Tony! Im babbling sorry!

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Your Welcome Lynda and thank you as well for so eloquently writing about ...well writing and publishing! I will continue to work hard, thank you again so much.

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Rebecca you are right it does get a bit easier but there always is that part of me that think oh I think I am like full of myself of self centered when I promote me. I am getting better though for I know it's important in the writing business.

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      8 years ago from Canada

      I guess i will have to promote myself more, that is where i seem to need the help.

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      I found this Hub to be very informative and helpful - and a little cautionary!

      Thanks for putting this together and good luck!

      Love and peace


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      8 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Janny -- just hang in there and keep on working. You'll find as you become happy with your work you will attract notice. It just follows. Do the best you can and wait. It follows as winter follows fall. Thanks so much for 1. the great read and 2. the honorable mention. Lynda

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      Rebecca E. 

      8 years ago from Canada

      and flock we shall people will find talent such as yours and you are intelligent and write well.. but you are so "write" the hardest part is promotion, but think of it this way, when you have done the promotion, and have built that foundation it becomes esier to build upon that promotion... I am thankful that we are human and can at least fix our mistakes.

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      OK all in one swoop here before internet explorer decided to not want to function right, but want to comment back and say thank you

      Nell Rose: Thank you so much. Hmm online magazines. Perhaps I will give them another try. I tired but got intimidated lol.

      Samsons1: Wow thank you so much for your comment and kind words. Wow....Im so humbled and flattered I'm speechless. Deepest thanks you. Im so happy you enjoyed my work and it enlightened you.

      Pamela: Yes it is hard to do self promotes even I probably could be doing more than I do already its so difficult. We can do it though!

      Mike: Yes I feel you pain it is still hard for me too. And thank you for the vote! You rock!

      loveofnight: So happy to see you thank you! Thank you!!

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      8 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      thumbs-up,you are on your way.....

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      Mike Lickteig 

      8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Janny, you are so correct--the hard part is the promotion. I am basically an introverted person, and self-promotion comes difficult for me, both in pushing my writing and artwork. I have done better over time, but it is still difficult for me.

      I do think you've got it, though. Eureka!!!!! (Can you guess how I voted in your poll?)


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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Janny, Nice article. The self promoting has taken me some time to learn but it is improving. Thanks for a good hub.

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      8 years ago from Tennessee

      Such and interesting read..., I've just started myself, last week actually; find myself reading more than writing. Your words just seem to flow so naturally. I think you are most talented. Keep your chin up, and keep writing.

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      hi, Janny you are so right. I do the same. I write when i get the buzz to write, but it is finding the places to promote it. I post on reddit, which you can find on your share it button, as well as promoting others. But I think the best place to promote is the big ones. Go for the online magazines etc. I have had a bit of luck, but I am still trying. thanks nell

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Aww thank you Quill I am honored, and you are quite true in believing in ourselves. It goes for any job and position for we have to self promote our selves to show we are the best for the position.

      Scars- I did mean you can not write on writing alone for you can not just write there are so many other things that go with being a writer. I was not talking on making money and living off of writing.

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      8 years ago

      you can't write on writing?...surely you mean't you can't live on writing lone?

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      8 years ago

      Hi Janny, to be successful at anything and writing is a great example you need to believe in yourself. I see that in you and that is a rare commodity today. Most publishers will tell you they will give you the world and promote your work but at the end of the day if you do not believe in yourself, well the answer is failure.

      I have been watching you grow in many ways, Janny you are going to be just fine...know that you are loved by the Father and all whom you touch here.

      Blessings and Hugs

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thank you Vladimir! and congrats for being my first comment! Thank you so much!

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      Vladimir Uhri 

      8 years ago from HubPages, FB

      JannyC, I appreciate this writing. Thanks. Bless you.


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