I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has been so incredibly kind and supportive of my book. I thought of the Surprise idea as a sort of fun post/free gift but I really had no expectations. I certainly wasn’t prepared for the outcome.
People got my book. They bought it even though I explained I would give it to them for free. They bought it even though they don’t even read romance! They Twitted messages, made banners for Facebook, they re-blogged the post and basically shouted out support for my book everywhere.
I was overwhelmed. I shared it with my hubby, who was amazed, and my mother-in-law who forgets things and asked: “You wrote a book?”
It was really incredible and I wanted to say thank you so very much. You guys are so kind.
I know this really kind person who also happens to be an incredible writer. She’s supposed to be going away on a holiday and is really busy getting everything done in time–not to mention the courses she’s taking. Instead of getting to her to-do list, she did this:
By herself, with no help or hint from me. Nothing. I just opened up my mailbox this morning and almost had a heart attack.
That’s not it either. Nope. This little busy bee managed to do this too:
Winter Bayne, I can’t say thank you enough.
One more awesome link! This one comes thanks to the ladies at the Indie Author Group in Facebook: Valerie Douglas and D Kai Wilson-Viola. Not only did they come up with this awesome resource, they helped me by giving me the links!
These include tips for editing that would make any author proud. Great, great resource.
A big, big thanks to Valerie and Kai for sending their help this way!
I just read an interview of Barbara Freethy where she mentions that the trick to her success was to write first, promote second. I thought it was excellent advice.
Like a lot of new indie authors, I started to try to promote my book on social media and quickly found out promoting can take a life of its own. Online parties, giveaways, blog tours, interviews…the list of things to do goes on and on. As well, you have to keep your presence in your chosen social mediums felt: google+, Facebook, etc. That takes time. Time that I could have used to write.
It becomes a chicken-and-egg thing. If you don’t promote, you don’t sell books. If you promote, you don’t have time to write. If you don’t write, you don’t have any books to sell. So, which should be the number one priority?
Barbara argues that keeping writing as the priority is the key to her success. She goes on to add this as advice for new writers. Like myself. Now, since I’m new and success is (hopefully) coming, I don’t yet know what will work for me. What do I give my time to writing or promoting? Making that decision was actually a matter of honesty for me.
I asked myself: If I knew for a fact that not one would read my books, would I still write? It took me a long time to answer because I really wanted to be honest answer and it was painful to be honest. But, because I was honest, I found a very powerful answer.
I would write if no one ever read a single word I’d written. I would write because, when it’s all said and done, I love the writing itself. Selling books is great, but that’s gravy. For me, the key, the gold, is writing. So, for me, my motto is write first, promote second. Only time will tell if it works.
And, just in case you don’t agree with my self-inspiring, little rant, here are some articles that say the exact opposite. 🙂