Friday, January 27, 2012

My Accidental Direction



I talked about the confusing directions we can take our books as debut authors, I'll share with you some of mine.


I'm stumbling along my maze, trying to figure my way around.


Do I accept every request for others to review my book?

Do I accept invitations for group book tours? 


Do I accept every giveaway request for Darkspell?


How do I set up my website? How many social medias should I join, and how do I keep up with them all?



Do I accept every invitation for public appearances?


Do I accept every request for book reviews?


Do I accept every request for critiques?

Do I accept every invitation for promo sights?


How do I handle negative reviews?


How do I handle comments in favor for my book? Is it possible to turn them into a sale, if so, how?

I didn't know that too much self-promotion is annoying to many people until a few months ago! What's a happy medium?


Oh no! It seems like my book isn't selling, what can I do? When is it time for me to decide that I've done my best and emotionally move on without giving up?

How do I go about setting up book signings since my publisher is small enough that I need to arrange them myself?


Since my books aren't in brick & mortar stores, how do I handle potential sales (when someone says they want to buy my book)?


Questions Questions, so many questions!


There are times when I feel so overcome by which direction to take--and since I'm such a newbie at this, I've hardly been turning down any invitation or request! You can imagine my workload--and this doesn't count outside book life! EEEEP!


Then my husband hears how overwhelmed I am and then he started singing this song (keeping in mind that I'm a published author and how many are striving for that goal):





Even though I've had a marketing plan before my book was sold, I wasn't prepared for the entourage of surprises that come after, for how would a debut author know? I wonder if it's more of the same with the second, third, fourth book? Have you whipped up a marketing plan for when your book is sold? If you're published, how has the path been like for you? 




16 comments:

  1. I can't play the clip as I;m at work but I like the look of this fine young man! LOL!

    Awww it's nice your hubby is there to sing to you in times of stress! So sweet! Take care
    x

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  2. That is a lot of questions - and my brain isn't even on yet!
    I follow several authors who have published several books and post about promotions often. Spunk on a Stick is one that comes to mind.
    As for me, those requesting reviews I just send to my publisher. Otherwise, most of the reviews that have been posted in the year-plus since my book's release have been from those who purchased it.
    Outside of that, keep making guest post appearances. Sorry, that's all I know to do!

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    1. Alex, that's pretty great sounding to me! I suppose it depends on the publisher, doesn't it as it sounds... :)

      Happy Friday!

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  3. LOVE the video! I want to share that with my author buddies. It's so true, we get so overwhelmed that we forgot we were once the unpublished writers DREAMING of having the issues of a published author! Thank you for this. :)

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    1. J.D.--so true! We must always remember that we were once unpublished and appreciate the trials of our achievements! :)

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  4. Yes, these are the problems we used to want. But becoming published doesn't mean life becomes easy street. There's so much MORE to do. With more than one book out, you get more notice which means more of all that stuff you listed, but because you're experienced, it doesn't feel as bad as it sounds. But a decision you have to add to the list - WHICH book do I offer as a prize, for a promo, to highlight at an appearance, etc. It's all a big juggling act, but I love it. You'll do fine. You're right where you're supposed to be right now and every day of your life. Best wishes!

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    1. Kristie, hi! *waiving*! Thanks for dropping by and leaving your thoughts--I appreciate the advice for second books. I'll keep that in mind.

      another thought to add to the thought: it's like having kids. The first one is a surprise and I felt overwhelmed at first because of all the new things I had to learn, and the second and third and on kids weren't so bad because I knew what to expect--thanks for saying that, it gives me hope! *hugs*

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  5. Something I read in a John Lock (sp?) book - you need to have a clear purpose for every promotional event you do. For example, asking yourself "What do I want to get out of this guest post?" Or "What can this review do for me?" will help keep you focused and help eliminate promotion that might do more harm than good. Remember the old mantra - market for your niche! Good luck and have fun along the way!

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    1. Thank you for your wonderful advice! I'll have to remember that with every thing I do! *Huggles* ;)

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  6. Sounds like tough decisions. I really have no idea what to expect. But, yeah, like your husband says, you're published! And that rocks no matter what.

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    1. Angie, thank you! It's true, I need to keep my head up and count my blessings. I've worked hard to become published. <3

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  7. Lots of questions. Who knew there could be so many questions AFTER publishing!

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  8. Experience has taught me that a marketing plan is a very very rough outline, regardless of how carefully drafted and thought out. There are so many surprises that come afterward, and authors and publishers must be flexible to handle what happens, whether good or bad, and make the most of it.

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    1. Oh, yes, I am living that right now. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts! :)

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