I just realized that it’s been days since I last opened my Ulysses app, where I do most of my writing. Ever since I clicked The End on my novel and the brand new cover was released to the world a week ago, no writing has happened. Well, there were 580 or so words the last two days but that’s nothing compared to my usual 1K a day minimum, with some days hitting 5 – 7K words.
So where did all my writing time go?
Book promotion. Book promotion. Book promotion. (I know, it’s sad.)
This morning, while drinking my coffee (it’s #NationalCoffeeDay apparently, too), I thought about the many hats we self-published writers need to wear to get our books out there in the world. Writing is really the easiest part. And when you realize that you have no budget for the book release, it’s nerve-wracking.
There’s always social media like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. There’s also blogging, and then there’s the trusty ol’ mailing list. There’s also Thunderclap, a campaign that blasts out the book’s release to your followers. I’m short 20 more supporters and it’s driving me crazy, so if you’re on social media and would like to help me get word of my book out to your followers on release day, here’s the link to the Thunderclap campaign.
And then there’s writing. I need to get back to writing again, whether it’s working on that prequel to Everything She Ever Wanted or the bonus story, or editing Loving Riley, the sequel to Loving Ashe (finally!). Maybe it will calm my nerves because I sure as heck am not calm, not when there are only 19 days left before release day.
So my plan for today is simple: get back to writing. Find that joy again (because heaven knows, marketing and book promotions suck it right out of ya!) and write. Write the next book and keep on going.
What about you? How’s your day going?