You Need Stakeholders in Your Writing Life

Kate Gale

Over at Glimmer Train, author and editor Kate Gale discusses the importance of stakeholders in your writing life—just as a nonprofit organization needs stakeholders. She says:

You need a group of people who buy into this idea that you want to be a writer. … You only need a few stakeholders. Five is a nice number. But listen to them. The reason you chose them is that you thought they understood something about your writing life.

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Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has more than 15 years of experience in the book and magazine publishing industry, with expertise in digital media and the future of authorship. She speaks around the world at events such as BookExpo America, Frankfurt Book Fair, and Digital Book World, and has keynoted writing conferences such as The Muse & The Marketplace. She currently teaches digital media and publishing at the University of Virginia. Find out more.
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  2. Great advice – if stakeholders are available. The tag of antisocial eventually becomes the albatross around the neck and people tend to shy away. This is as good as it is bad. Good, because it leaves the writer to do some writing. Bad, because the support-structure melts away in the background. Living alone as I do – in the middle of nowhere – I find it impossible to build a group of stakeholders in the traditional sense. Blogging is a substitute, but a poor one at that. On-line forums and groups offer a theoretical solution, but most of the people on these are really trying to market their own work. What I am saying in a roundabout way: if you have stakeholders, look after them carefully. Be generous with your wine. Laugh at their jokes. Tell them you appreciate them. Don’t take them for granted – they are an important source of inspiration and encouragement.

  3. * Thanks for recommending this post! Without stakeholders, forging on with the writing can be so hard. Gale’s words reminded me to reach out more and be just as supportive.

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