I got this great position near the door of a bookstore in Dublin last January for my first two novels by building a personal relationship with the staff there and by offering to hold low cost workshops to them. Unfortunately the shop is now gone.
But I do think trading is a good way for writers to build connections. And even more now as book shops disappear. A good friend of mine, based in San Francisco, is going to read a new novel I am setting partly in that city, to spot anomalies. I am going to help her with her blog and promote her to my followers.
Perhaps you have cover design skills you would like to trade? Perhaps you have copy editing skills?
One benefit of such trading is that we don’t pay any taxes on the sale or on the income. Another is that we bind people tighter to ourselves. I know it’s not going to be perfect, there will be stumbles, but won’t it feel good to trade your skills and get something valuable in return?
If you have any skills to trade list them in the comments section below. This post will be seen by thousands. My first barter item is the promotion of you or your writing to over 100,000 followers. My second item to trade is editing skills after thirteen years of learning this craft and getting three thrillers published by Harper Collins, and going through many structural and copy edits with them.
I know what publishers want. Want to trade?