1. Build your brand, using social media: Facebook, Twitter, and all other outlets.
2. Blog—at least one post a day—and guest blog as often as possible, on any topic.
3. Do as much public speaking as possible, to get your name out there.
4. Go to writer’s conferences to take workshops and schmooze with other writers.
5. Join writer’s groups and become an active member, joining governing boards if possible.
6. Subscribe to at least six magazines about writing and read them cover to cover.
7. Study marketing and website design.
8. Attend seminars and workshops and webinars.
9. Read a lot, so that when someone asks, “Have you read ________?” you can either nod or fake it convincingly.
10. Hire a photographer to shoot a really good author photo—sexy yet pensive yet intellectually tortured.
11. Make sure your office is tasteful, soothing, and beautiful, with nice furniture and fresh flowers every day.
12. Join a critique group—or better yet, join two or three.
13. Attend book signings and book events.
14. Make sure you have the newest version of any software that will help you make outlines and create story arcs.
15. Go on Artist Retreats in beautiful locations to do yoga, get acupuncture, and eat upscale vegetarian cuisine.
16. Compose articles like this one on how to be a writer, how to market books, how to build a platform.
18. Go Vegetarian
19. Go Vegan.
20. Write. If you have any time or energy left.