Or : How Much More Pain Before the Ecstasy Kicks In?
So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything new about my writing journey. I’ve been very busy doing all those indie author things a person doesn’t expect until a person becomes one.
To catch you up, I have joined a few paid and unpaid promotion sites, bought a new writing program that organizes,what was up until then, un-organizable, (yes, I know that’s not a word) and I have filled out enough author interview and book review requests to wallpaper my master bathroom. All of which, with exception of the organizing program, have done little or nothing to further my cause.
I must admit that over the last few months I have allowed self-promotion (the PAIN in my proverbial side at the moment) overshadow the ECSTASY I feel when I sit down to write. I knew going into this that, whether traditional or indie, an author’s first two books are loss leaders, very much like when the grocery store drops the price of milk to $1.99 so you’ll come to purchase a gallon and then look at the other things on offer.
Mentally I know this is the case and I totally understand why it is this way. (authors really only start to gain recognition once they have several books available for purchase, and its only by the third book that readers start to take notice) But the mother in me, who put hours and hours and hours into birthing this first novel, doesn’t. She doesn’t understand that, yes, she should promote the book, but not be concerned with how well it is doing and whether she’s making all the right things available to it. She also doesn’t understand that she can’t force it to be what it’s not going to be – a good seller. (though it is selling well for an indie author debut) The mother in me has to realize her fledgling first novel and second novel are destine for loss leader status and that will have to be alright.
So, I will stick to my plan for promotion, keep my eye on what is most important to the promotion process – the writing – and quite worrying about the pain and enjoy the ecstasy of the simple act of putting pixels to screen.