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?