A few posts ago, I informed you that I’ve started working on a fiction story. I’m still working on that story and having a great time doing it, but I am finding that it is a different experience from writing non-fiction.
From what I’ve learned so far, writing non-fiction was a very linear process. I had my concept, I outlined, wrote, cleaned-up, edited, published and I was done… Well, not completely done, this list should actually conclude with marketing and promoting, but I have done very little of that. You notice, I didn’t write “marketed and promoted?” That’s because when you are self-published it seems that marketing and promoting need to be a constant and consistent effort in order to assure that your work is getting noticed.
Yes, there are those success stories who have achieved best-seller status without much effort in “advertising,” but that seems to be a rarity and perhaps one of those events where the cosmic powers have to be in just the perfect alignment in order for the book gods to bestow graces upon thy work. Anyways :), it is possible, but realistically speaking, effort towards marketing and promoting seem to be a must.
At this point… I want to focus my efforts on writing. I don’t have a lot of time to do everything that I need to do to fulfill the other responsibilities I have. The writing, the books, that’s the product right? The way I see it is like this… consumers want variety. I only have one book. I don’t have much of a product line. My theory is that when I increase my inventory, I’ll have much more of an offering–theeeen I’ll do more marketing and promoting.
In all honesty, I don’t know if I’m doing the right thing, but I’m following what feels best for me right now. One day I know I’ll have more moments like the woman in the picture, where I’ll be peacefully sitting on a rock, (but I’d prefer a beach), watching the sunset as I contemplate my next great novel. In the meantime, it’s back to juggling my day job, being a wife and mom, and pursuing my dreams as an author.
Happy writing and best wishes to you.