Friday, March 11, 2016

Writing and Marketing and Sales, Oh My!

  • Hey, did I hit enough keywords in my title? Because that’s what helps get my blog noticed, don’t you know?

If you can’t tell by now, I don’t give much of a flying fig about hitting the proper keywords in my titles. I believe in trying to make them entertaining. Or at least reference what my post is about. I’m certainly not a popular blog. You can tell that by the number of comments I get for each post. Not that I’m knocking what I have. I love those of you who comment regularly. And I thank you for that. Without you guys, I’d feel like I was just talking to myself.

Heck, most of the time I probably am anyway (non-blogwise).

  • Did I spend sufficient time on Facebook? Guest blogging? Because if I’m not everywhere, how will people find me?

I spend way too much time on Facebook and for what? It’s not like I’m posting anything worthwhile. Heck, it’d be nice if I posted anything at all. I just lurk and flounder. How is that helping me any except take time away from what I should be doing? And as luck would have it, I’m hosting the Sizzle and Sass Facebook page starting Sunday. What timing, huh? I am not prepared. I am never prepared.

I’m my own worst enemy.

  • Did I sit my butt in chair and put my hands on keyboard? Because if I don’t get three books released in a year, I might as well give up. Right?

I have been writing (revising) more lately. But certainly not three books worth. I swear I wrote more when I had a job. Then again, I wasn’t published yet, either. I really think that has a lot to do with it.

Unfortunately, I’ve let the outside world intimidate me into thinking I need to do all this stuff to sell books and I need to STOP. I mean, I want to sell books. Actually, I just want people to read my books. Kind of hard for them to do that when they don’t know I exist. And they don’t know I exist because I’m not everywhere. But I can’t be everywhere and I’m not so sure I want to be.

Am I messed up or what?

And in other super FRUSTRATED news… My hard drive is failing. Again. UGH!! Spent an hour on the phone yesterday with a tech from Dell. Now they’re sending me a new hard drive (hubby can replace it—thank goodness!). If this next one goes out, we’re going to have to insist they replace the laptop, because SOMETHING must be going on to cause the hard drives to fail. In the meantime, I’m still using BigRed (when I can get it turned on, that is), but saving my files on a flash drive (luckily I was able to back up everything—whew!!).

Tonight, though, I’m going to have some fun. The Penguins are in Columbus to play the Blue Jackets and I’ll be there to watch. Can’t wait. Let’s go Pens!!!

Have a great weekend!



Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

You have a great weekend too!!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Thanks, Mac. I'm certainly gonna try!

Jennette Marie Powell said...

"I’ve let the outside world intimidate me into thinking I need to do all this stuff to sell books and I need to STOP."

THIS. x1000. If you're messed up, I'm right there with you!

I don't enjoy Facebook, Twitter, etc. But we're led to believe we HAVE to be on them and active, or we won't sell. Yet this stuff doesn't sell books. So WTH? So I just stick to blogs because I do enjoy them. And yeah, titles - I can never think of interesting ones!

UGH on the computer - hope you get it taken care of!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - I hope this new hard drive fixes things. But I have my doubts. :(

The Happy Whisk said...

Thanks for sharing your frustrations with us. It's gotta be tough when trying to get your name out there. Bummer about the harddrive, cool beans though, that Hubby can install it for you.

Happy Weekend.

JeffO said...

This is the new laptop???? Seems like your experience would change their old tagline from "Dude, you're getting a Dell!" to "Dude--you're getting a Dell?"

Hope you have an angst-free weekend!

Michael Seese said...

I understand your frustration. I follow Janet Reid's blog (as should all writers). Someone posted a question to the effect of, "Why doesn't Stephen King self-publish? He could make so much more money."

And her answer, in essence was, "Then he would have to focus on the administrivia, and not WHAT HE DOES WELL."

Anne Gallagher said...

After self-publishing, and trying to be everywhere and having my writing suffer because of it, the only think I found to sell books is to WRITE more books. It's a known fact (okay merely speculation from some top selling authors) that social media does not sell books. It's only there to get your name known. But does that matter? IF your fans know who you are they'll recommend you to other readers.

After battling the social media haze for a few years, I stopped. When my book is released I release one post, one (or two Tweets) one notice on LinkedIn and that's it. More books released sells more books published.

And people are savvy enough to click that little button on Amazon that tells them when you have a new release out. Just write, Stacey. It all comes out in the wash.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - Definite bummer about the harddrive. I hate starting all over again. :(

Jeff - Doubt I ever get another Dell, that's for sure. But so far the new harddrive is working. The laptop came on!! Yay!

Michael - I read Janet Reid's blog every day. Lots of great info there. But to be fair, even with my books published through Kensington, I still feel the need to be seen. Or to get another book finished quickly. Oh well...

Anne - I know social media doesn't sell books, it just gets you seen. I do like going to conventions, though. Hopefully the three I'm going to this year will get me some more visibility (and maybe get a few readers to spread the word about my books!).

Sandra Cox said...

Computer problems....Ack!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Sandra - Yep Ack! all around. :)