Marketing and Me

I love writing. I love characters bugging me at 3 A.M. asking “but what about this?”. I love doing research on information supplied to help make my stories more real, like what river flows through a certain city, or do olive trees grow in the setting I’m writing about. I love working at taking an idea that lay dormant in my head for awhile, and bringing it to life. I even love the rewrite/revision/edit process something a creative writing teacher told us tongue in cheek was a bit like killing our children.

What I find the hardest is marketing. A writer friend told me that building a marketing platform is as important as writing the book. We want to sell out literary works of art, the how is more difficult, especially for those of us who are not good at sales.

There are, of course, many ways to sell books. For those of us who are new to this, who have small budgets and no professional assistance there is the way I am attempting, networking. Social media is a big help there. I’ve connected with other writers and entities who’s goals are to help.

One of them is Stacy Carroll. Stacy is herself a writer and her website offers excellent advice for writing, cool writing related items and has a list of book by people like myself.

Another, for which I pay a small monthly fee for better coverage is Digital Book Girl. They have a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

I also have author accounts with Goodreads and Bookbub, where I share and sometimes review the books that I’ve read, especially if they are an indie author like myself.

It’s a start, and I’ve seen results, small but ever book sold is a celebration.

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