“It’s a Dandelion Thing:” Social Media and Marketing

Whether you self-publish or go the traditional route, Gaiman’s speech holds something for all of us and Louisa Locke’s comments take it a step further. Don’t pass this up–it’s worth your time.

M. Louisa Locke

At the Digital Minds Conference held before the 2013 London Book Fair, Neil Gaiman  made a speech where he asked the question: “How do we make ourselves heard in a world of too much information?” His answer: We rely on becoming dandelions.

626px-Dandelion_seed_dispersalGaimen went on to say: “…the model is try everything. Make mistakes. Surprise ourselves. Try anything else. Fail. Fail better. Succeed in ways we would never have imagined a year ago or a week ago. I think it’s time for us to be dandelions willing to launch a thousand seeds and lose 900 of them if a hundred or even a dozen survive and grow and make a new world.”––Neil Gaiman, Transcript of Speech at Digital Minds Conference for London Book Fair 2013

I love this image of the dandelion and its seeds, and it helped me frame what I wanted…

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About Diana Douglas

Diana Douglas, author. Coorganizer of the Arizona Novel Writers Workshop. Member Arizona Historical Novel Society, Member BooksGoSocial Authors, Transplanted Texan. http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Writers-Workshop-com http://twitter.com/#!/themodernscribe
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2 Responses to “It’s a Dandelion Thing:” Social Media and Marketing

  1. Liz M. says:

    Thanks, Diana, lots of good information there. I saved her article about choosing categories when self-publishing for future reference, since that always confuses me.

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