Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tuesday Tumbling Term ~ Knowledge

As an indie author, you need to know a lot. This leads me to the tumbling term for the indie author...Knowledge.

knowl·edge
noun
1. acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation; general erudition: knowledge of many things.
2. familiarity or conversance, as with a particular subject or branch of learning: A knowledge of accounting was necessary for the job.
3. acquaintance or familiarity gained by sight, experience, or report: a knowledge of human nature.
4. the fact or state of knowing; the perception of fact or truth; clear and certain mental apprehension.
5. awareness, as of a fact or circumstance: He had knowledge of her good fortune. 


A broad and general knowledge base is essential. I often talk about the hats I wear as an indie author, but the truth is, now traditionally published authors are facing the same thing. The online presence being a major change in the publishing industry. I can remember being an author and doing a few interviews, public speaking events, and some book signings but the rest of the time I could just write. That isn't the case anymore. Now both have got to do it all. It's a mad scramble for positioning with more and more indie authors thrown into the mix.


As an author, you have to know...
  • how to write effectively
  • how to reach and who your audience is
  • how to breathe life into your characters
  • weave a good story
  • grammar and how to edit
  • how to attract an audience (little fish in an ever growing pond)
  • how to run a business
  • basic accounting techniques
  • how to write back cover blurbs
  • how to maintain an online presence 
  • computer literacy
  • and the list goes on and on
But then again, you have to learn a bunch of stuff for any job, right. Even a grocery bagger has to learn what goes in the bottom of the bag and what goes on top, right? Maybe I should clarify that...to be a good grocery bagger.

Learning the steps and gaining the knowledge is half the battle.

So what is your knowledge base?

Keep writing and loving the Lord.

5 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'd add knowing how to give back to your support team.

Gina Gao said...

These are great points! I enjoyed this post very much.

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J.L. Murphey said...

Yes Alex. Very much so.
Gina, thank you.

Lara Lacombe said...

I think knowledge is part of what makes the blogging community so great. I don't know how to do everything, but I can reach out to those who do! :)

J.L. Murphey said...

Lara, I feel the same way too.