On my Kindle: Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Talk Back – Tell us how you write!
Oh I hear you all now.
Of course I hate the promo part of being a writer, you say. I’m an introvert! I hate having to go out there and try to convince people to buy my books!
I hear you because that’s exactly how I react if someone asks me.
Yet, I can spend hours on Facebook and Twitter chatting to stranger because well, I tell myself, they are potential readers.
I can spend hours looking on the web to see whether I should choose Instagram over Pinterest over Tumblr because hey, I have to stay on top of my promo game.
I can spend hours writing daily posts about myself on my personal blog because I think that’s what sells books (especially the part about choosing that very pretty picture that goes with the post which takes a long time to do).
And again I can spend hours designing the layout of my website, blog, bookmarks, ads and all that because you know how important that is!
And let’s not forget how I must go to writer’s conferences, dress up as a vampire, sample fancy drinks and frolic with cover models to increase my book sales!!! (Yes Honey, all writers HAVE to do this and that’s why I’m taking money from the kids college fund to go away and promote my novel! It will pay off in the end, don’t you worry!)
And guess what, I LOVE doing that stuff! Love it so much that I can lose myself in it. Love it so much that it is sometimes easier to work on promo than to write the damn book that never end.
So my own problem is that there is a huge part of promotion that is so much fun that it makes me think that I’m working, where in fact I’m just “playing author” while the real work (aka the actual writing of one book then another then another) is not getting done!
Hence why I reduced my online presence dramatically in the last year to focus on improving my craft and write more.
So tell me, how do you like the promo aspect of your writing career? Do you like it too much? Not enough? Things you love? Things you hate?
Your turn to talk back!