Yes, sorry. I think I answered that straight from email so it got slotted on the wrong thread.
The idea for starting larabritt.com was to create an author platform for primarily fiction. That’s why I used my pen name as the domain name. So I’m looking for readers who enjoy my point of view, themes, and storytelling.
The mistake most all (fiction) writers make is that they write to each other and not potential readers. I’m still on a learning curve in figuring this whole thing out. But I would say that 99% of other fiction writers are still on a steep learning curve as well.
I see my fiction as a long term investment. Slow growth retirement funds.
For diversification (and to be honest, because I just kinda get geeky over it), I would like to develop a sideline of copywriting. I honestly don’t care what I’m writing about. I just want to hone my craft. I would actually be more comfortable writing for a pig farmer trade magazine than Cosmo. I’m not in it for fame, just cash flow and a chance to write.
That said, I know that by my very nature, my voice is going to resonate more naturally with some audiences over others and will have an innate ring of truth when discussing certain topics over others. And it makes good SEO and marketing sense to niche.
What makes me special? unique? Not sure I know just yet. I do know that people love it when I tell stories. And my stories make them want to buy things. Whether I’m up-selling as a waitress, yard-selling, or retailing…it’s the stories I tell about the items that get people to buy. They are buying the story not the thing. It’s not because they love me; it’s because my story gave them a special insight into something. And the thing is their souvenir.
I am also good at interviewing. And I get great joy out of finding out the stories of people in a community. That’s what I did when I had my community radio show and what I do now with Twitterviews. I would like to expand that to podcasts and HOAs.
So if I were a travel writer, my angle would be more exploring a place through its stories and the stories in the community.
Those are essentially fiction techniques mapped onto sales. But that is coincidentally what Brian Clark and Robert Bruce are advocating in the New Rainmaker podcasts.
Local/hyperlocal sites built on community stories that attract an audience that knows, likes, and trusts you enough to buy what you are spotlighting (affiliate) or I think Brian uses the real estate model.
I want to make short term cash while I build a long-term fiction oeuvre. Bonus: I can use the research in one area to pull double duty in the other.
I’ve done a fair amount of traveling, and I’ve got plans for more. I just didn’t think I had a shot at travel writing because it has that glamor factor, so I assumed the competition would be fierce.
“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” ~Emily Dickinson Lori Sailiata