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 has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. From 2001–2010 she worked at Writer's Digest, where she ultimately became publisher; more recently, she was an editor at the Virginia Quarterly Review, where she led digital strategy. Jane currently teaches writing and publishing at the University of Virginia and is a columnist for Publishers Weekly. The Great Courses just released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. She also has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (2017). Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. 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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