I wonder how they can write being so stressed out like that.
Even with the little bit I’m doing now, I’m finding it time consuming. Almost overwhelming. I’m not even OUT there with the people, and it’s draining me. That’s how much of an introvert I am, I guess. Do I need to pile on the stress and obsess over reviews and ratings? No, I don’t. But do I need to promote? Hmmm… If I self-pubbed, I probably wouldn’t put much effort into it, but since I’m through a publisher, they kind of expect me to do something.
One promotional tool I’m interested in will get my book promo in front of book clubs. The site isn’t up yet and will cost me a little bit of money, but I will seriously consider using them. Getting the word out to book clubs sounds like the way to go, and a whole lot less stressful. Of course, now I must figure out what kind of promo material to send and how much I want to spend. Aack!
Can you tell I’m not a great decision-maker?
But I am a business. I know this. And a business must spend money to make money. I’m hoping since I’ve been blogging for so long, and have a few conferences under my belt, that maybe I won’t have to go to extremes to promote. Besides, isn’t the best promotion having another book out there? That’s what I SHOULD be working on, isn’t it?
I’ll say one thing: you won’t find me obsessing over something I can’t control - reviews and rankings. I need to just get the next book out there. Easier said than done, though, huh? But I’m working at it!
So how do you feel about promotion? Do you like getting it? I have to admit, I don’t. But apparently a lot of readers do. Especially if the author makes it personal (just another thing I have to figure out).
P.S. This was posted late because of internet difficulties at home. You know the kind: lack thereof! Hopefully all fixed now, though.