Today was just one of those days.
I’ve been burning the candle from both ends. Staying up late. Waking up early. Downing energy drinks in between. Doing everything I can to spread the word about my book. Most of the time, I feel like it’s falling on deaf ears.
Let’s just say–marketing/promo is not the funnest part of being an indie author.
And on top of rearing my one-year-old son and four-year-old daughter, practicing law, and keeping the house tidy so my husband will still want to come home–sometimes I think I’m kidding myself trying to do it all.
Well, what’s the problem, Dicey?
Glad you asked. It’s like this:
1. Everybody wants to read books from well-established authors who already have glowing reviews.
2. With so many new authors, the queue of to-read books is sooooo long. Unmanageably so, for most people. Unless the book is written by an already-established author. Then it moves to the top of the pile. See #1.
I have to beg and plead for people to read my work. Then I give away e-copies to make it more convenient. I do it hoping they’ll get to it quicker. But who am I kidding? They have lives. And jobs. And other books to read. See #2.
Yes, I wrote the book for myself. But any artist worth her salt will want her work appreciated. That’s just the nature of the beast.
I’m human. So sue me.
No, don’t. I got enough court cases right now.
Where was I?
Oh, yes. I want to share my art with people. I want them to read it. I want them to enjoy it. Then I want them to tell others. And read my next work of art.
Not really. See #1-2 above.
Even as I write this I’m thinking, what’s the point? No one’s going to even bother reading it.
#pimping aint’ easy.
So after all the self-doubting, self-loathing, whining and complaining I did today, I decided to focus on the positive feedback I’ve gotten. There’s enough out here to beat down an aspiring writer. Sometimes, you just have to ignore that mess and focus on what’s going right.
That’s what I’m going to do everyday this week.
That’s right! I’m going to post all the 5-star reviews I’ve gotten for my labor of love.
Am I tooting my own horn? You betcha. I have to do it because no one else will unless I do it first.
“Must read for vampire lovers!
Sleepy Willow’s Bonded Soul is the first of Dicey Grenor’s, The Narcoleptic Vampire Series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! If you love vampire novels then this is a must read. Willow the main character is a female vampire and her sexuality drips off her. You get completely engulfed in her life. She’s a vampire with narcolepsy…genius! It’s well written, and I felt like I was at Club Hades some nights! Not only are there vampires, other supernatural creatures make an appearance in this book. Be forewarned this book is for mature audiences…this isn’t your typical high school vampire romance…and thank goodness! The story is well written and after reading you find yourself wishing for the next book in the series. Definitely five stars!”
Thanks, TheMokaMommy! I needed that.