Thursday, July 14, 2011

RELAX, WRITE, POLISH

I am seeing way too many writers scrambling around desperately trying to get their books released and then blogging and tweeting until their fingers are blue with little or no results.

Relax.

For many years now there was nothing I could do to make someone buy my book. I had no choice but to write and submit, write and submit. Nothing has changed. You do NOT want to put your work out there too soon. You'll regret it if you do.

And once you have sent your book to a few reviewers, bought an ad or two, and blogged a few times, sure you can spend a few minutes on FB, Twitter, and Kindle Boards, but don't make the mistake of being frantic about your promo/marketing...feeling as if your book needs to sell today! If you're lucky enough to have a story that appeals to readers, then you need to be patient and wait for word of mouth to do it's job.

Return of the Rose is just now working it's way up the charts after four months. I hope Finding Kate Huntley and Taming Mad Max have the same success in a few more months. I'm blogging tomorrow and next week and then I plan to RELAX while I write.

Who is going to feel better in two months? The writer who has finished another book or the writer who is still frantically searching for that one magical advertisement/blog/review that will make his/her book sell?

Edit and polish an old book. Start a new book. Just write.

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4 comments:

Cate Rowan said...

^ ^ ^ This.

Being an indie author is a marathon, not a sprint.

Don't lose the fun of creating stories!

cidney swanson said...

To borrow from my teens (hopefully before it's out of fashion?!?):

WORD.

sheamacleod said...

Like Cate said. :-) I keep reminding myself (and my author friends) this is NOT a race!

It's easy to get caught up in wanting to promote like mad, but the best way to promote (or so say those who have had success at this) is to WRITE MORE. So, that's what I'm doing. :-)

Theresa Ragan said...

Exactly, Cate.

LOL Cidney.

Shea, well said. "The best way to promote is to write more." Love it!