I can almost see you frowning, thinking to yourself …what exactly is a Cartel?
Let me try explaining.
A Cartel is an agreement amongst competitors. In our case, that would be agreement amongst us, Authors.
We are all competing for the same readers who, probably eventually will get to read all of our books and go on to digest more books (you read a book in one sitting, but you write it in six months, right?).
With every post we do on facebook or twitter we try to get readers interested in our writing, and try to sell our books. So instead of acting like competitors, we could choose to act like allies. By helping each other, we can multiply our efforts, and more readers will get to read our amazing books!
Nearly every great writer has been in a Cartel. From Ernest Hemingway to Virginia Woolf, and from J.R.R. Tolkien to Mary Shelley.
Just look at the current collaborations authors are doing, posting and promoting other books on their pages, etc. They have to be in a Cartel to do that, right? Bottom line is, they are all working together and not against each other.
People have asked me if I’ve ever been in a Cartel, and I had to think long and hard about it. I think, unbeknown to me, I was in one last year, when I organised the Advent Calendar for grownups, remember? I organised twenty four short stories by different romance authors to be published in December on my website. Each day I posted five hundred words from a different author and during the time, I noticed something peculiar.
- People LOVED the fact that at one place they could read so many different authors
- I personally met so many amazing authors I didn’t know of, and remained friends with them ever since
In other words, by sharing, giving feedback, doing guest blog posts, reading my peers, collaborating, asking for help, etc., I made the connection.
If you ask me, I too want to be in a Cartel. An official one. I want to be able to discuss ideas and share practices on self-publishing, etc.
But how to create one?
Well, if you are like me, and you like the idea of being in a Cartel, I want us to try something. To start with, I’ll need your email, your facebook author page and the genre that you write in.
(You can give me your details here)
I will probably wait for two weeks before I check the submitted replies, group them all by genre and email you in your groups. That’s all. Once you receive your email you can contact each other and get on with creating your own Cartel.
I’ll be taking part by contacting the authors who write romance / erotica and try to create a Cartel for us, too.
What do you say, shall we try this out?
Comments and feedback are welcome, as always!