The title of today's blog is a word I invented after having read Debra Purdy Kong's cogent post on Sunday, Floundering in Reality.
Cartbeforethehorseification is the act of putting the cart before the horse. An example would be concentrating on building a platform before having written a book.
"Everybody" -- meaning some people -- tell writers that they have to have their marketing plan in place before they publish. This, I maintain, is a far cry from crafting and putting into play a marketing plan before having written.
There's no harm, and possibly a deal of good, to being active on social networks, with a focus on readers/writers/agents/publishers of the sort of work one does or intends to do. Same goes for setting up a blog to chronicle one's journey through the writing/publishing/marketing maze.
But the point is, the point is, the point is to write.
I've read some books lately that were almost really good books. They weren't really good books, because they weren't really ready for publication. They were almost ready. One good thing about rejection: It makes one consider and reconsider one's works and words. It makes one doubt oneself, and this is not necessarily A Bad Thing.
Obsessing about one's writing can paralyze the process, but fighting through that paralysis, putting one's strength into one's writing is what writing is about. And well-crafted writing is far more satisfying to the reader than a well-run marketing campaign.
Am I talking about buggy-whips here? What do you think?
Sideshow in the Center Ring