What a difference a week makes!
This time last week I didn’t know about some things. Or, more accurately, I knew of their existence but I was filing them in that never never land of ‘I can do that some other time’. Well, that time came pretty quickly. It’s here and now!
Marketing. Eh. Not my forté. Or rather, I can promote the heck out of someone else, but when it comes to me and my work, not so much. I have been told that I am good at it, funnily enough, and in some ways, I can be. Whilst the actual person that is me can hide behind the digital world, I’m A-OK with creating a theme, a style, and (excuse me for sounding younger than I am) an aesthetic. But then, you know, reality bites and I realise that at some point, I will need to put a face to the name, do author interviews, ask people to stock my novel on their (virtual or otherwise) bookshelves and, I’m not going to lie, I die
a lot a little inside.
I have recently reviewed a yet-to-be released ‘how to’ guide for not yet published authors. It provides a step-by-step overview of what you need to to and when you need to do it in the run-up to publishing your novel. Obviously there are no rules, everything is optional and timeframes are indicative. But it focused my mind, which was already swirling around the whole concept. And then last night I watched an interview with a marketing specialist who focuses on assisting authors with their campaigns. The whole concept made me feel horribly uncomfortable at first (see previous paragraph!). However… I slept on it and woke with energy, focus and determination. I. Can. Do.This.
Finally… book blurb. It’s time. Man oh man why is so hard to write a few short paragraphs after writing tens of thousands for Anti-Virus?! I know I’m not alone in this seemingly Herculean task. It will get done. I will win. Just maybe not today!
Until next week dear readers…