How do you go about discovering your own writing voice or writing style as a poet? Where do you get your inspiration from as a writer? Are you aware of the kind of audience that would be keen to read your poetry? What can you do to help promote yourself better online, even if you have only a very small budget to work with?
These are the questions that fellow poets have constantly asked us. Poets who have written some amazing poetry but are stuck as to how to find further inspiration, when it comes to publishing/sharing their work and interacting with other readers in their communities.
For a very long time now, we have seen authors and writers complain about writer's block and struggle to find their audiences online. We completely understand this, as we went through the very same things before finally finding out what worked for us.
After many discussions about the current state of self-publishing, we decided that it was time to help. We wanted to make a positive difference in the writing community, so we came up with the idea of creating helpful workbooks and journals for writers.
Sometimes the hardest part of writing isn't the actual writing itself. It can be what you do with your writing, after it is completed and edited to perfection; that is the key to you gaining an audience who want to read more of your offerings. You need to understand how you come across to people, how a marketing strategy can help, and how to gain respect from other writers and readers.
Writers are very focused and extremely dedicated to their craft but sometimes, once the writing is done and the time comes to interact with others to market their work, they lose their way a little. It is important to be supportive and attentive to the needs of others. The guides that we have spent time crafting are personal, empathetic and will give writers the right attitude and mindset to make long lasting relationships with their audiences.
Most writers will collect their thoughts in diaries or journals, as they try to make sense of their interactions with the world. This is why we thought that the best approach to assisting writers would be to produce journals and workbooks that they could interact personally with and help build an effective promotional strategy that is tailored to the writer's own unique strengths and writing talents.
Six books are now currently available for authors and writers of all skill levels. Based on the concept of positivity and upliftment promoted by Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, the digital magazine we co-founded in 2019, each guide offered covers an essential topic, such as writing inspiration, social media marketing and strategy, and Twitter tips.
As you become more self-aware regarding the ongoing promotional aspects of your career as a writer, the process of writing will become even more joyful to you, since you will know the best way to put yourself out there to connect with others.
Marketing yourself as a writer doesn't have to be a scary, awkward or difficult process. It can actually be enormous fun, with the right type of attitude and work ethic. You just have to be passionate about promoting yourself professionally to give your writing the audience it deserves.
In the upcoming months, more books will be added to our series of guides. All current workbooks are available for purchase at many online bookstores, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Kobo. For more information, visit https://abpoetryjournal.com/journals-workbooks.
Do you have something say about poetry? An essay on being a poet, tips for poets, or poetry you love? TrishHopkinson.com is now accepting pitches for guest blog posts.
Cendrine Marrouat is a photographer, poet, and the multi-genre author of 21 books. She is also the Co-founder of Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal. In her 17-year career, she has worked in several fields: journalism, art criticism, translation, social media, content creation and curation, and language training.
David Ellis is an Award-Winning poet and author of several poetry collections. He is a Co-founder of Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, has co-authored several books to date with Cendrine Marrouat and has interviewed hundreds of authors about their writing lives, along with creativity advice.
Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal is open to submissions all year round. They accept inspirational and uplifting poetry from adults, along with 13-16 year olds. Read their interview with Trish Hopkinson.