I’ve been slacking lately. I’m just putting it out there because its true. I know what the problem is and I’m working on fixing it, sometimes shit just gets a bit… overwhelming. I don’t like to use that word a lot but I find myself feeling that way more and more recently. There’s a list of things in my head that I know need or at least should get done but for some reason or another they get put off or I can’t quite seem to figure out how to get them done and just put it off. This doesn’t make for a very productive day and leads to frustration and procrastination.
I love being a writer, I do, but the marketing and self promotion end of it gets to be very tedious and sometimes infuriating. I knew all that when I took on this gig and for a long time it was good. Lately its been not as good, I know I need to fix it but trying to figure out the details of how to get to that point is where the gap in the bridge shows up. I need to get a bit more organized and maybe put together a marketing idea to get back on track and move up to the next level.
Anyway, thanks for listening to me bitch for a bit I’m gonna get back to work and try and pull my shit together so I can get back to pumping out some kick ass stories.
I’ll start today’s post by admitting that I have indeed been distracted for the last few days with a new video game. Call of Duty, black ops 2 has indeed captured my attention much to the displeasure of other members of my family. It’s very well done and addictive as all get out. That being said I still managed to get my work done today. I did NOT get my work done yesterday but one day off once in a while is okay I suppose.
Enough idle banter… As some of you know I’ve been working on marketing lately. I’ve got the writing part pretty well down pat for now, marketing, not so much. I’ve been seeing a lot of other authors doing guest blogs and interviews. This sounds like a great idea for marketing but my problem is that I don’t really know a lot of other authors. I don’t have any idea what I would say in a guest blog, much less an interview, but I’m sure you all have figured that out already!
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I was talking to a friend last night about the third book, writing and marketing. We both agreed that I should probably have a website sometime in the near future, I’m still not sure how this is going to help sales in the long run but it is a step in the right direction.
I’m still very shaky when it comes to marketing. I’m doing the normal twitter/Facebook stuff along with chatting with folks on goodreads and writing my blog, as you can tell. I’m just not sure where to go from here. I know as an indie author this is the hardest part, selling yourself. I have no qualms in doing in and used to believe that my ego would be fine with doing something like this. I quickly discovered that I find it distasteful. I feel bad trying to sell folks on the idea of buying my book. It’s almost embarrassing. I believe in my self and the books I write I just think that I tend to be a far more private person than I thought I was. Read the rest of this entry
I’ve been neglectful of my blogging duties the last week or so since I’ve been trying to make sure I get my writing done. So far that seems to be going well. I took a few days off, but now I’m back at it. The third book is at just about 30k words, so that makes me happy. Just 10k more and I’ll have an actual novel. I still would like to have it done by the end of the year, even if I don’t release it then. I still shake my head in disbelief at the fact that I’m writing my THIRD book. Three years ago I would have laughed at the idea of writing one, much less three.
In a couple months I will also be attending my first convention as a writer. I’m gonna be at Arisia 2013 in January for the whole weekend. I won’t be at the dealers table or anything but i will be shmoozing with the crowd and hopefully throwing the best party there. I’m tentatively calling it After the Storm the Party! If you don’t know what Arisia is and live in the Boston/new England area you can check it out here http://2013.arisia.org/ . I’ve been to quite a few of these convention in the past during my stint in a Rocky Horror Picture Show cast and they’re a lot of fun! There also tends to be a lot of people interested in the post apocalyptic kind of stuff I write in attendance so I’m hoping it will get my name out there a bit. If you’re interested tickets run around $50 for the whole weekend until December, then I think they go up a bit. Read the rest of this entry