Have you been waiting for someone to wave a magic wand and make all your writing problems go away?
If you had a top literary agent, you tell yourself, then you certainly wouldn’t have to suffer the indignity of rewriting your book fourteen times and being rejected repeatedly.
If you had a publisher, at least you’d have some way of getting your book in front of readers and some promotional plan to get you on your way.
If you had magazine and newspaper credits and contacts, then at you’d be able to get people to take you seriously, to know that your writing has merit.
If that’s the plan— an agent, an editor, or an influencer is going to swoop in and rescue you— then you need a new plan.
Because here’s the thing. Agents, publishers, and influences CAN help you and WILL help you but they can’t help you create, they can’t help you market, and they can’t help you promote. They can help you AMPLIFY.
If you’re doing great work, an agent can make sure publishers see it. If you’ve written a fantastic book, a publisher can make sure it gets in the hands of readers. If you’re creating fantastic content, influencers can help spread its reach. But you still have to do that great work, write that fantastic book, and create that fantastic content. And then you have to make sure that you’ve got enough momentum that the amplification actually has resonance.
That is all up to you. You have to create and market. Maybe someone will come along and amplify.
But if not, you’re still creating and marketing and building a career.
If you need help doing this: