What an absolutely legitimate excuse to put off something I really don't want to do. And now I have three books and two short stories (soon to be three) published. Maybe I should do some marketing.
I don't want to.
Can't I just write, publish, repeat?
Not as an indie writer. I am the writer, publisher, formatter, and marketing department. What's an isolating introvert to do?
Let's see, so far I have this website that gets, like, 10 hits a day. Some days, I even hit 40! And I'm grateful to each and every one of you for checking this baby out.
I have a Facebook page where almost five of the "likes" are from people I don't know or am related to. And I'm grateful for each and every one of you. Truly, without your support, it would be hard to keep going and build this little writing empire.
After that, I figured I'd look into the book review business I've been reading about. Reviews perplex me; I had not idea people actually paid them much mind. Now that I've started to, I see their value...yet I don't. Let's look at my dishwasher: excellent reviews. However, apparently I bought the lemon of the bunch. As far as books go, I don't want anyone influencing what I'll think about the book I plan to read - no spoilers, no opinions, nothing.
But not everyone's like me. I managed to swap five reviews and they were a lot of work: coordinating swaps and coupons; reading which, unfortunately, I don't have much time for; crafting a non-boring review; then posting my reviews on at least two websites apiece. I got to meet other authors, read work I normally wouldn't have picked, and even enjoyed most of the stories. But time is a rare commodity with four kids, so I finally had to sideline the review swap business to concentrate on my writing. Though it's made me more aware how precious reviews are to independent businesses so I will take time to post a nice word or two. Like for the iPhone repair dude that fixed my shattered phone within hours of calling. And for the quaint little hotel many would consider a dive next to other big name heavy-hitters, but it passed my bed bug inspection, was clean and quiet, and the pool didn't make any of us cough or itch. And the price was right.
But I need to do more. The market is saturated with literally millions of books and thousands of authors. How do I point readers to my books?
I don't have the answer.
Goodreads is an awesome site full of people who may have the answers. One group moderator held an online book fair in April that I participated in. I sold four books that weekend. I. Was. Thrilled! That was four more books than I'd sold in over a month prior to that weekend. Book fair win. The same person is hosting a blog blast on July 1st at angelabchrysler.com/ and braintobooks.co/ so I sent in info for that. Then during the month of August, she's profiling two to three indie authors a day. I'm August 8th!!
How in the world she can do all that, I have NO idea, but I'm immensely grateful to people like her who prod people like me into getting the word out about our books. I'm excited to see how these next two events turn out.
After the Brain to Blog tour, what's next? Twitter. *Shutter* I have nothing against Twitter, but considering how much of life gets sucked into Facebooking, I can't afford to lose more to Twitter. It'd be awesome to network with other authors, get insight to their craft, life, and bright and shiny personalities - but even less laundry would get done than normal.
Huh, I guess I've done a fair share of marketing already. And had fun doing it. Maybe joining Twitter can be my next blog post.