A friend of mine asked me the other day whether they HAD to build an author website to be successful. I told them no. I know some of you reading this are now gasping in horror. An author without a website?! This friend already has a Facebook page with a sizeable audience, so why redesign the wheel? Let me say this plainly: no matter whether you're talking about, there's no reason that something MUST be done a certain way to get success.
I get really tired of people who think there's only one way to do something, whatever that is. In the last few weeks, I've been told:
- That writing a story that doesn't fit X constructs doesn't equal a story.
- Patreon projects aren't a good option for authors and getting exposure.
- It is impossible for an author to build a brand (much less succeed) without giving books away to readers for free.
Now there's this fellow author who's been told they MUST build a website to build a successful "brand". I'm tired of it.
Stop. Telling. People. What. To. Do.
- There are many ways to build a brand. Do what works for you.
- There are many ways to write a story. Write whatever damn story you want.
- Patreon is successful for SOME authors. Why shouldn't I give it a try, too?
- It's your business if you want to give your books away for free. I am not going to.
If I listened to people and what they said I "had" to do or what I "couldn't" do, I would never have published my first book. I would never have started a company. I would be BORING.
So, the next time someone tells you that you "have" to do X in order to be successful at Y, tell them to back off. Tell them, "You don't own me." And do your own thing, whatever that is.
I think you'll be happier in the long run. I know I am.
Want to read a little of what I've written? I added a new Sample Box to my page.