You NEED to STOP What You're Doing and READ This Right Now. I'm Going to Make You Famous on Steemit. Yes You!

in #writing3 years ago

I'm in the process of reinventing myself, again, some more. From the time I was 14, until I was 39, I spent my entire life devoted to sharing stories I felt were worth telling through theater.

I performed for over 1500 live audiences, toured the country, taught more than a 1000 young people how to act, and directed, produced and designed over 75 full length stage productions. I loved every minute of it. But ultimately, it made me a poor man, so, something had to change.

When I came out of that world, I was broke, heartbroken and completely lost. If you've ever run after your dreams until you felt your lungs would burst, you know what I mean. I don't regret a second of it, but, I had no idea what to do next.

I'd done a ton of writing throughout my theater days, so, I started there.

I got a gig creating internet content for Demand Media. I helped build a site called Ehow, which was the dominant portal for how to information for about four years running. But, I wasn't truly passionate about it.

From there, I started a social media firm.

Facebook was just taking off and it was easy to get results. Not only could I put 10k fans on a page in a few days, I could turn those fans into customers. We made a lot of money. But, ultimately, the more we earned, the more work we had, and the platforms started changing so fast, you didn't know what would work from one week to the next.

For the last ten years, I've been ghost writing.

Ghost writing, is creating written material that will have another author's name attached. You write it, they get the credit. They pay you well for it, but anything that comes of it, goes back to them. I enjoyed, it but ultimately, wanted to do my own thing.

That's Where Steemit came in

I've told this story before, you can find it if you scan back through my blog, leave me some upvotes on the new stuff as you go, please and thank you! LOL Steemit allowed me to do something I'd wanted to do for ten years, return to fiction.

The early audience on Steemit rewarded me well, and I've had quite a bit of success since the price came back as well. So, that led me to my latest quest.

I want to be the world's next James Patterson.

Here you have an author who came into his success quietly, then, decided to change all of the rules.

  • He decided, after winning a prestigious award from the Mystery Writer's guild, that he wouldn't be confined to a single genre
  • As a successful add exec, he became the first author to use major television ads to promote a book!
  • A few years back, he set another record, he passed a billion copies of his books in print! A 1000x1000 people have bought a book from him!
  • Now, he's partnering with other authors to continue his climb to legendary status as he becomes a household name.

And, he's not a literary genius

He's a marketing genius, and a good storyteller, but he admits himself he is not the world's greatest writer, just well on his way to becoming the world's most read. And, I want to be like James when I grow up.

When I first saw ads for his writing course, I laughed.

"What's he going to do, teach people how to hire writers like me to make them famous?"

But, then, I read a few interviews and realized I was wrong.

The man is a machine. Not only does he write the initial fifty to sixty page outline for each and every story that bears his name, he also writes the final draft. In some cases, that's twelve to fifteen novels in ONE year!

Here's how it works

  1. Authors pitch James story ideas, or sometimes he has one and works with an existing partner.
  2. He selects the one he wants to do next, and makes a contract with that author, to share credit and split royalties. (I'm sure the cover reflects the split, with Patterson's name on the spine and much larger on the front)
  3. They work together to work out the premise, characters and plot.
  4. Patterson writes the outline
  5. The partner writes the initial draft
  6. Patterson does rewrites and back and forth, until he writes the final edit.

So, what I saw as a megalomaniac trying to make himself even more famous, turns out to be an already wealthy man, pursuing a passion and looking to raise other authors to his level! Wow. He didn't need the money when he started. He was the exec of a major ad agency.

So, that led me to just say it. I want to be the next James Patterson.

If you're going to aspire to something, aspire to be the best at it. He's arguably, by some standards, the greatest story teller ever, both for the size of his readership and his prolific catalog. I admire that. Plus, he's helping other authors that will continue on long after he's gone.

Don't think my motives are one hundred percent charitable in this!

“You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.” -Zig Ziglar

*After all, as this platform grows and the price of steem skyrockets, the reward pool is going to explode as well, enough to go around. Plus, aren't you tired of all the crap taking home the big giraffe? I am. *

Here is what appeals to me from James Patterson's story.

  • First, a billion books! Wow, that's a lot of fans and a lot of money.
  • Not that interested in being rich, but the freedom it brings is very appealing.
  • The ability to call my own shots and think outside the box is huge in my life
  • It provides an awesome opportunity to help others get started.

I didn't think that much about it after I said it, until I found an article.

I read it and it still didn't click with me. You can read it here. A big shout out to @Vaansteem for sharing this really cool tool!

Among the features I liked, was one in particular. It allows for the rewards from each and every post to be shared automatically. The app is called Steemplus from @adsactly, a group I'm hearing more and more about. It has some cool features.

But, the best, is the ability to share part of your earnings with one or more other accounts. But, even after seeing this, I didn't really get it. But,as often happens with me, more than one idea happened and I had an epiphany.

I came to a major realization about my life on steemit

I was being a greedy profit monger.

This idea kind of shocked me, because I spend a lot of time helping others. I always have. But, in fact, everything I was doing was costing me 0. Not in $SBD, or SP, but honestly, there was no cost in it at all. It was all paying me back handsomely and there was 0 sacrifice on my part.

When I came back, I had forgotten some things from my early days. Steemit is about community and I was not engaging. I was working hard, producing great content, even writing really helpful tutorials and answering questions, etc. But, my heart wasn't in it.

I'd come to see steemit as primarily a means to an end.

My fiction does well here. That means I get to keep the lights on, while I write stories. That's a pretty enviable position in this world. I love it. But, I was missing the bigger picture.

Since leaving the theater,I've been looking for a new grand passion. Telling stories is only half of who I am. I am also a believer in human potential and power of people to change life for the better. But, what was I doing about it? Not much. That's when I finally saw steemit for the first time!

I mean it, I saw it clearly.

Here I was, in my head, and in private conversation, giving lip service to the idea that people could lift themselves up, if they just learned to see the opportunity around them, but I felt helpless to change that on any larger scale at all.

The universe had to humble me first.

I was cruising, both of the novels I'd been sharing, The Wishmonger and 9 Seconds of Freedom, were killing it! thanks to some very generous whales that supported me. I was catching up a back log of bills and getting ahead. I had my head down, just trucking along.

Most days I'd spend editing my two chapters for the day, and checking my balance to see where I was. But, I was kind of bored with it all. My pocket was full of cash, the bills were paid, but something inside me wanted more.

Then it all just stopped!

As sometimes happens, my supporters dropped off about two weeks ago. That's fine, this isn't about that. It's happened before, but I'm a big boy. They are free to support or not support whoever they see fit. They owe me nothing. I have nothing but gratitude for the people who've helped me achieve.

For the first couple of days, I didn't think much about it. I'd committed to myself to keep posting through January, no matter what happened. I figured I'd come back one morning and find the upvotes had returned. But it stayed like that for four days, then five.

While I was posting my fiction, I hadn't completely neglected the rest of steemit.

I had noticed that things had changed, and was taking time to do some research, with an eye toward building a bigger following for my fiction. So now, with my payouts slowing to a trickle and my votes topping out on most posts around a dozen, I was in a position to rethink my strategy.

That's when a few things all came together at once.

I knew I'd be okay if I earned nothing for a week or two. I knew I needed more followers to balance this out and create more sustainable income. I also knew that I wanted more, so I started working on it.

That's when I came to the realization that steemit was the perfect platform!

The half baked recipe for a vision ( I couldn't really call it a vision, because I had no idea what it looked like) began to bubble. Here was a vast sea of people in need of inspiration and help to better themselves. (50k new users in a single day!) They were here for a myriad of reasons. Some to learn English, others to share their art, others to build social initiatives, and yes, underlying all of that was the motivating potential of profit!

It's like the universe knew what I needed!

Imagine that, right? LOL While I was busy, behind the scenes, the universe was plotting to put me where I needed to be.

  • I've been publishing online since 1996, so I know how it works.
  • I'd had over five million readers before I ever darkened the door of Steemit.
  • I love to teach and did it for 20 years.
  • I wanted an audience that wanted and needed a message that I think is one of the most vital ever!

Now, before you think I'm giving myself too much credit...

I have a lot to learn. I learn new stuff from users here all the time. Even beginners. And it's safe to say there are hundreds of users more qualified on this platform than me. I'm not special. But, here was an opportunity. So, I started exploring some new strategies to give radically into this community.

If you want to see what I've been up to, go to my blog @markrmorrisjr and scan a few days of posts.

And, as I knew it would, it started working!

  1. I gained 1500 new followers almost over night through a couple of strategies I'll be sharing in the next couple of days
  2. Comments exploded! I've got conversations as long as any I've had on this platform ever!
  3. People were offering to partner in some of my ideas.
  4. The votes and rewards are slowly creeping up. So, next time my whales come around, it will be bonus money. (don't abandon me whales, I still LOVE you)
  5. I'm excited about steem in a way I haven't been. I'm beginning to see the potential of the whole platform, not just for me, but globally.

So, to make a long story short, I'm looking for partners!

My initiative will be about talent development. I'm not a dev. I won't be building any programs, although a couple of my ideas will require devs, if I can get sweat equity partners, or the funding to hire it done, I want to build some things on the steem block chain.

I'm looking to help three sets of people.

  1. Newbies. This is where my heart is. There are people on here who amaze me that they are even able to find access to the network where they come from.
  2. Minnows. Those who've stuck it out, but are just being content with small potatoes, but have a LOT more potential.
  3. Whales with a conscience. I'm not asking for donations, or delegations. Nope, I'm more selfish than that. I want you to engage. I don't care if you ever give me a cent, but I'm hoping you'll choose to be benefactors for some of the talent we're going to uncover.

So, here's where I'm at so far.

  1. I started an open questions post. I'll be trying to do one once a week. I'll try to answer them all.
  2. There is a giveaway that I ran on the spur of the moment. Open for a few more days,you can find it here, for minnows and under who need free promotion. I could use some dolphin or whale support on this one, it's getting great votes and comments, but I want to give a decent prize and it's earnings are very low
  3. I want to partner with some of you to produce new content. In the Steemplus app, we'd agree to a revenue split, create the content before hand, possibly on Google docs in partnership, then I'd publish it and you'd get credit as a co-author, plus an automatic percentage of any rewards from the post, or posts, if we serialize a story, or set of articles.
  4. I'm launching a ten part boot camp for minnows, with some tips. Each will have assignments, and potential for free promotion for those involved.
  5. On a recent thread with @steemgoblin, a discussion came up about starting an unofficial greeting team to welcome new members. I'll have more on that later.

So, if any of this interests you, let me know! Whatever you can do, or whatever you need, upvote this post, resteem it and leave your offer of support, or if you'd like to be considered as a co-author, whatever, in the comments. Also, tag one friend you think could use this or would be willing to help, in your comment. I'm not greedy. It doesn't all have to happen on my posts.

So, here's one thing I'd like to do right now. We need a hashtag for this initiative. So, I'd like to offer a $2SBD bounty for suggestions on a hashtag. I'll set up a future post to get votes on the best suggestions and the winner will take the prize! So, if you'd like to be in for the $2SBD for a hashtag name for this project, upvote the post, resteem it and leave your hashtag idea in the comments.

That way, in future, we can set up contests, etc, where you can publish on your own blogs too, and get credit, by using that tag! I'm so excited about all of this, I can hardly stand it!

Thanks!

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Besides your catchy titles that remind me of clickbait articles at buzzfeed ;)), you really got my attention. :) You know, I trust my intuition 100% and even if my mind gets tangled up by details and questioning things, I can feel, when something gets my attention and has this magic pull.
It just happened with your post - my gut tells me, that there is something in it, even if I´m not sure yet what it is. We´ll see... My Tag recommendation would be #costeem

#costeem. that's an interesting one. Thanks! Definitely the feel I'm aiming for. We'll see what else comes up.

You´re welcome! In case you´ll choose it, please donate your bounty to some good cause of your choice :)

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I'm so excited about all of this, I can hardly stand it!

I'm so excited reading this!!! What a great idea @markrmorrisjr and way to give back and share the love with other steemians. I would love to be considered for a co-author position. I started blogging in April after ten years of living with a chronic illness and ostomy bag. I stuck to my niche pretty closely until finding Steemit in December, since then I have widened my genres and am thoroughly enjoying learning more about my writing style and how #steemit/#busy/#dmaina/#dtube/#steepshot/#steem.itchat plus the myriad of other fun blockchain parts all fit together. Its a challenge and I'm not sure I will ever get my head around it all before it forks and changes again but I enjoy it.

Feel free to check out my steemit account @insideoutlet or my blog for reference to my prior works. Note I haven't been posting much on my blog since Christmas due to some urgent work things taking my time and the rest of it being spent on steemit, lol...

I have just been checking out the comments to see what #hashtags had been recommended and found your the "writing" tag tip. Thanks that's a good one I will use in the future. As for possible #'s here are some I thought of #writersunite (pretty lame in comparison to some I have seem below) or #jr-upsteem - a play on your name's prefix "Jr" and "upsteem" a play on helping plankton and minnows up stream to more plentiful waters...

Thanks for putting this out there for us to be part of, I look forward to seeing your future posts and hopefully being part of them.

Then it all just stopped! As sometimes happens, my supporters dropped off about two weeks ago.

Side note, I know a lot of the auto voters went down a few weeks ago, I'm not sure if they all came back online or not but that may be why you saw a drop and haven't seen it recover?

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really great post.. I like your post very much.. Keep it up.. Hope so you will be a great steemer on steemit.. Stay blessed.. be happy :) thanks for sharing your information..
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No I don't - what does he say?

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@markrmorrisjr How about just #global or #universal meaning an inclusion of all interested parties to collaborate in education, enlightenment and discorse or course. I am with you as a writer , poet and ELS teacher. I totally feel your struggle to get something together for this growing platform. I'm in it if it is fun and not drudging.

Hey, here's a secret. Use the "writing" tag as your primary category. It pays better on average than any category. The hot and trending pages are ranked by each category, so, it has less competition also. Those are fantastic suggestions. I'm getting some really great ideas.

Thanks. You answered the question I really trying to get at. I head a hunch but didn't know exactly. This is a beautiful secret that I am sure about. I think @naquoya said something similar and now I get it. I will follow this advice instead of switching tags so much. First tag writing and second tag the area of writing.

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I saw your ebook writing efforts. I will check in again.

What a great idea! It's amazing that you're working so hard for "the little guys." I actually kinda like #steemitbootcamp or some kind of #bigbrother initiative for partnering minnows with more experienced steemers.

interesting. Those are great suggestions. You might try a little broader, something that could grow with the project to include other types of publishing.

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So many great ideas. I'll definitely be taking a look at your posts and any tips you can give for writers. I do mostly podcast episodes, but Steemit work better if you provide a write-up along with the recording.

Organizing all my sources, facts and narratives in an outline that flows correctly has been a challenge. Haven't done this must work since college!

I'll be following. Welcome to Steemit!

Awesome comment! Thanks! So, here's what I'd recommend. First, search the hashtag #dolphinschool for most of my tutorials. Here's a pro tip. If you do the math, posts in the "writing" category are earning more on average,per post, than any other category, so you might consider doing a great write up and occasionally using that as your main tag.

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great ideas! I think you've hit on something big - I mean it!

2 things that popped out to me...I too noticed a recent drop off in upvotes. My conclusion though was because I hadn't posted in a couple months (I got side-lined), but with the price of steem such as it's been, the payout is fine, but I was wondering if it was something else.

THe other thing is your idea of ask any question...that was a pretty popular post - I think it was last June - I had a ton of people asking me gardening questions - it was very successful in terms of number of comments. I think it is the open engagement that people really want and I hope that your idea creates more of it!

But on to your idea...I hope it catches on. I'll resteem in hopes it catches a few minnows or perhaps whales! ;0)

Hey, thanks! I appreciate all of the support.

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I"ll resteem your sign-up post for my minnows :-)

Hey thanks! I'd love you to write a review, or something too, if you want.

dolphin school always ready to learn. Here's my 100% for whatever it's worth.

Awesome! Thanks. Hey, if you have ideas for the hashtag, but would like to donate the prize to a worthy beginner, that's possible too. I know $2SBD is not much incentive, LOL But I do need ideas.

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Great post once again, happy to be part of this, particularly the visibility and social growth aspect. #thesteemiteye #steemvision #socialsteeming just playing around with the hashtag thing!

GREAT SUGGESTIONS! Thanks for those and your support. I really appreciate it.

You're welcome!

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Cant really sign up with this one and my other one (@sarahewaring ) :-)

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"If you've ever run after your dreams until you felt your lungs would burst, you know what I mean. I don't regret a second of it, but, I had no idea what to do next."

I know that feeling better than I'd probably like to. Its great to see that I'm not the only one and even better to see that you keep pushing. Gives me faith in my pursuits.

I believe its like you said, the Universe put your here as it has me. The similarities I share with you are comforting. From Facebook marketing to wanting to help the community, its all too similar.

I think the open questions post is a great idea and will be checking it out. Thank you for your insights and guidance. This is what I needed.

Not for the 2SBD but because you've helped me, here are some hashtags I hope you like-
#SteemRises or #TreasureHunters (after James Patterson Novel)

Would love to help with this initiative but I do not consider myself a good writer. Maybe my marketing or design skills could be of use. Let me know. Look forward to seeing this come into fruition

ABSOLUTELY! I'm sure I'll be offering a similar bounty for a logo, once we've got a name. That's awesome man. The facebook marketing thing was a blast at first, but, when you stand in a client's office, and he's cut his entire marketing budget to hire you, I mean, yellow pages, everything, and his business goes up 20% for the quarter over last year, but he says "No one is telling me they heard about us on Facebook, so I'm cancelling this contract and going back to billboards." It kind of makes you question your existence. LOL I will take any help I can get. Comments, upvotes and resteems are the currency of the realm, so keep those coming! Heard some amazing jazz in Chicago this summer by the way. You said you liked, Jazz, right?

I did not say it but I do like Jazz. Checking out the link now. Have been sick and away from Steemit. Back on now :)

Sorry, I talk to so many people, I must have gotten that from somewhere else. I'll be doing a new session soon. But, there's some work to be done first, so stay tuned.

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Interesting life, and an interesting read! Excited to see more

HA! I'm rarely accused of being boring. If you take a look at the end, I'm offering a $2SBD bounty for ideas for a hashtag for this project I'm launching. Love to get your ideas.

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Man, the part of this whole piece that stuck out to me was chasing after your dreams until you feel like your lungs will burst, and being left heartbroken. I am this way with music. Time and again I have given it my all, and now I just feel burned by it. It's great that you were able to come back to writing! And you are right, Steemit is an amazing place for it. I came on here hoping to do well in music, but found myself instead doing daily news about Steemit. Not sure how that happened, but alas, a niche is a niche. This is all very interesting discussion. I have been talking to a lot of, I guess you would say, dolphins, about the future of Steem and how interdependent it is on Steemit. We have been working hard to conquer crappy content and solidify a group of new and talented content creators. This seems like a really great idea. I don't really think I could be much help, but I would love to give this a shout out to my small audience on my next episode. Keep up the good work!

Weeeeellll, now that you mention it. We need people like you a LOT! Once the hashtag is decided, we need to promote and I can't do all of that myself, so posting articles sharing about this project is a super valuable task, and if we get a resteem network going here, we can assign things to share, which should boost your content hugely. By the way, don't give up on music. I'm not done with theater. I could have succeeded as an actor,but that was never enough for me LOL. Both of those passions can be fully experienced and enjoyed, even as pastimes at any stage in life.

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This is amazing, i have been looking for something like this since i arrived, I’m interested in everything, the bootcamp, writing with you, learning, all you want, i'm available and open, i have a few ideas to post interesting content, but if you don’t like them i can adapt, I’m really looking forward on this project

As for the hashtag, i would use #BoostYourSelf, it’s similar to #introduceyourself, and is easy to understand at first glance

Btw, i loved your post, i really want to learn from you and work with you

If you've ever run after your dreams until you felt your lungs would burst, you know

Yes i do, i'm running that race right now

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Wow, okay, great! Well, not to burst bubbles, but slow down, LOL. No, just kidding, but seriously, this is wide open territory. Not sure if anyone else is doing it yet or not. I'm biting off a lot, so it's going to take a week or so to get it up and running. If you keep up with my posts, I'll be sharing the progress and what needs doing next. The hashtag sounds like a great idea. I'll put it in the hat.

Haha, difficult to know if there's more people doing this, is not that easy to find content like this on steemit, i'm sure there are a lot of great projects coming from new users being dismised because of the nature of the platform

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I love this idea. I can see you are putting enormous efforts into your Steemit strategy, as you also did when I first encountered your work over a year ago. Definitely interested in the idea of co-authoring, so yes I will put my hand up for consideration for that opportunity.

As for tag suggestions - #tagteam #steemitpartners #copilots #teampatterson . Okay just some suggestions off the top of my head. I will give it further thought.

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LOL, probably not #teampatterson ironically, I'm not a huge fan of his writing, just his business style. BUT I LOOOOOVVVEEE #tagteam and #copilots! They are right up there with #costeem that was mentioned earlier. Thanks. And yes, I did get my hustle on in the beginning. I started looking at guys like @ericvancewalton, who was killing it and just decided that was going to be me.

Okay, we share similar thoughts on James Patterson's work it seems. But yes, his business acumen has grabbed my attention. Glad you like a couple of those suggestions. I'll keep my thinking cap on a little while longer.

Don't get me wrong. He's extremely readable, I just prefer something a little more offbeat, like Tim Dorsey. LOL

I hear you, and I never discredit an author his success. Marketing is such a large part of the game. Something I am late to the party in learning, but writing words isn't all there is to be a writer.

Yeah, sadly, I'm a great salesman, but when it comes to selling actual books that I wrote? Crickets. LOL I never have the time to slow down enough to get it done, without needing money from it yesterday.

Those are both great, right? Getting some good ideas here!

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Nice endeavors, hope your good heart can reach the needy. ehem, such as me :p anyways, with the hashtag, i thought about #blogpartners #steemitwithme #awesomeness.

Well, no handouts here, but I'll pay bounties for some creative tasks, help promote you and share revenue on created content, if you can wow me with a good pitch once we're at that stage.

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You gained a new follower. Hi. lol. This is good stuff! As for a hashtag idea, hmmm... How about #grouphug lol. Just an idea. You want all these people to come together, it could work :)

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have read your post and is quite interesting.

Thanks! I'm glad to be thought provoking. I'm experimenting with the revenue split through #dolphinschool.

Thank you @markrmorrisjr. This really sounds good. Not sure in what capacity I could be a part of this, but I know I am Following you now and plan to interact on your blog with comments, upvotes, resteem, opinions, suggestions etc..etc..

Look forward to it !

Thanks again,
Robert

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Ok, I have mixed feelings about this. Which mostly has to do with words - I think. But let's see.
I love collaborative projects, especially when it's completely honest that collaboration leads to a shared product and shared value and profits. Collaboration is not easy. Or at least, maybe they're easier in certain areas than in others. I myself am a philosopher by profession. Someone here already replied that people have niches, well, philosophy is definitely a niche here on steemit. And I don't mean philosophy as loose reflections on life, freethinking about certain things you have encountered - those are valuable too - but it's not the systematic study of meaning, life and reality that I mean. Philosophy as such is one of the most valuable commodities, in my opinion of course. And yes, it's not easy to find the right tone, to get yourself out there and be seen. At least, that's how it works for me. So it makes sense to partner up with a 'marketing' person who thinks about that stuff.

But to me, marketing is kind of the most opposite you can get to philosophy. Not with regard to how valuable it is, marketing done right is extremely valuable. But their tools, their methods. It's the difference between a long and windy thought that buildings on thousands of years of hard work and scholarship, versus the well-researched slogan. This is a metaphor, but also not really a metaphor.

So, I'd like to hear more about that. How you see how those two approaches, could even work together. I don't want to sell philosophy short. When I give up the core of its value, I might as well not do philosophy. So, how does your marketing approach work for something that is not meant to be sold?

And I'm sorry this is not one of those over-exciting replies. I've been on Steemit only one month so far, but those already make me sad.

Thanks for your thoughtful reply. I'm a marketing person because that's how you build audience,but I'm probably closer to a philosopher than a marketer. What I'm looking to do, is work with writers to create new work. It would probably be fiction. If you read the approach James Patterson uses, that's likely what I'd do. Or something similar. Anyway, here's something else that might help. Dolphinschool Bootcamp signups are now open! Click this link!

Thanks for your reply. I think I'll pass this time, at least with regard to the Dolphinschool. Focussing that much on marketing would make me too depressed.

I understand. Well check out the posts. It's not so much about marketing as you might think. It's more about learning steemit.

I'm finally setting up the co-authoring program, starting today! Check it out! I hope I can count on your upvote or resteem! Thanks!

Wow! Very exciting indeed!

I love the idea of co-authoring, a mutually beneficial relationship with complementary writers would be great! I so enjoy your posts, and was very interested to read about your experiences so far with the drop in votes and earnings. The community is growing and to be able to reinvent yourself to keep up with the changing times is admirable.

My suggestions for your project:
#steemjunction
#ghoststeem

I had quite a few more but I picked the ones I liked best.

I also have a proposal. With all these initiatives on the go, you definitely sound like you need the services of a proof reader/editor. I am 100% capable and suitable for that role, being extremely ocd about correct grammar, spelling and layout and being able to spot errors in what I read. As 'proof', I challenge you to find ONE spelling error or formatting mistake in any of my posts! 😆

This could also be a possible offshoot of the partner initiative - offering proof reading and editorial services to those who don't have a great command of the English language, which could include some English tutoring as part of the service.

Uh, yeah! I've been recommending they get grammarly, or if they can afford it Whitesmoke, but of course someone to explain the error is always much better. I wish I could hire you to format my posts! LOL I'm so SLLOOOOOWWW at that. (super fast at composing, though, up to 3k words per minute on a roll) I had one guy get Grammarly, then drop me a link to his next post, the difference was staggering! Honestly, they don't even need to be perfect, but their syntax is showing and it turns off many English speakers.

I'm going to check Grammarly out, it must be better than Word, which truly sucks and irritates the hell out of me. It just didn't seem like anyone was taking your advice, so it's great to hear someone did. Sure I can format a post or 2, as an experiment, I was offering the formatting AND proof reading because I noticed a couple of errors in this post. Just let me know when you have something suitable and you're not in a hurry to get it, like maybe day 10 of #dolphinschool. If you don't mind, I'm also going to reply to your comment on the other post. You can see I learnt something from day 2, it was the most fascinating concept for me, which was why I thought I'd give it a try, wasn't too difficult so I'll keep it in my arsenal for my next post. Regarding the images, I don't think you would need to worry as I'm sure you have sufficient power to not run out of bandwidth, and it only uses bandwidth - in the Steemit world that is - when posting, not viewing.

LOL, yeah, I get in a hurry. Sorry, I didn't even see this comment until this morning. Wow, what a ten day frenzy! Hopefully, my typos were not too bad.

Yes I know you've been very busy, I've seen your posts! 🙈 and

WOW!

Fuck Random House and all the other bullshit publishers out there, and any typos! 😆 You should be patting yourself on the back for #dolphinschool and breaking out the champagne! I think your own opinion of yourself is way more important than anyone else's anyway and you have a lot to be proud of, but you already knew that didn't you? I was mortified to find a couple of typos in my posts when I reviewed them, but that's how it works - proof reading your own material: it's difficult to trick your brain into believing it hasn't seen it all before. Anyway, I am slowly but surely putting together my next post, and would you believe, it's sound just like your #dolphinschool posts! Cheers Mark! 🍻

Actually, one of the things I am proud of is that the first of my manuscripts to get pitched, is probably getting a deal. LOL But, yeah, I know I'm good, I just can't quite get the consistency, or find a niche I'm willing to stick with long enough to hit gold.

The universe is trying to tell you something methinks <3

PS. Grammarly is astoundingly superb!

Ironically, I hate it. I think Word is more thorough, and I use Whitesmoke. I recommend it, because, out of all the free options, it's the least bad. LOL

Yeah well it doesn't have predictive text, which sucks, but for non English speakers it's pretty cool - I saw the results after recommending it to a Spanish woman after her 1st English post and her reply was flawless, my mouth was hanging open!

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I don't know how far you have gone with the said plans and guess am late, but I want to be part and parcel of this wonderful idea which would be made a reality soon, reading through i could feel the whole enthusiasm. I might not be able to match your idea but I sure can match your level of enthusiasm and am ready to dedicate my time and effort in helping you actualize all this. Hit me up and let me know whatever capacity you think am gona be useful. Looking for an opportunity to make a difference. Thank you

I'm finally setting up the co-authoring program, starting today! Check it out! I hope I can count on your upvote or resteem! Thanks!