It’s the old story, isn’t it? We work by day and write by night, and then we wonder why we’re so tired. I started joking some time ago that I’m now a full-time publisher, and in my spare time I write the books. But it does seem to be like that, and maybe if I want to increase the discoverability of my books that’s the way it should be – but I should do it better.
One of the things I read when I first started self-publishing – and I’ve read it many times since – is that to be a successful indie author you need to have more titles out. More titles says more about you as an author than loads of clever promotions, giveaways and gimmicks. And especially spammy tweets. Well, I still have some spammy tweets around, but I hope they aren’t intrusive. I find tweeting about my blog posts more … engaging? But I’m not very good at social media, and I get overwhelmed with the need to spread myself around. I’d much rather talk to you, on my blog or yours.
But so far this year I’ve finished editing and published my dad’s memoirs in kindle, paperback and hardcover editions (epub etc to follow in about August), learning a lot about a new POD/distribution group on the way (Blurb), and I’m very close to releasing the six Princelings paperbacks in new livery (well, Talent Seekers and Bravo Victor have enhanced covers rather than new ones, since they’ve never been in paperback before). At the start of the year I also wrote the first third of the next Princelings book, although it wasn’t scheduled until the end of the year! Actually, that was the easy bit, as that brought the protagonist up to where the published books are in the saga to date. The next bits will be the new storylines. And next month I’m determined to start editing the first Viridian System series book The Perihelix (Pete & The Swede 1).
And, as you know, keeping a blog going (and doing the A to Z Challenge in April) takes up a lot of time and writing effort.
So it’s not really surprising that I’m suffering from real life grabbing all the rest of the time I have, or that I’m behind with my reading!
The trouble is, I think I’m doing the right things. I just think I should be doing them better, or more effectively. I need to make a written promotional plan for the rest of the year and stick to it. And give myself time off for good behaviour. Time off which isn’t filled by a writing masterclass in a pleasant spot!
How are you feeling about your year so far? How’s it going?