Wednesday, March 2, 2016
The Insecure Writer and Finding Time For Marketing
Today is March's contribution to Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group.
Why am I an Insecure Writer this month?
Because I'm wondering where I’m going to find all the time for marketing.
These days, I dedicate every spare moment to writing (much to my wife’s displeasure, I suspect). I contemplate plot points during the drive to work, I stay up late writing on weekends and vacation days, I use my crit group meetings to set hard deadlines for my chapters. Long story short, I’m accomplishing more writing than ever before. Still rather slow compared to most writers, but I’m making progress and that’s what keeps me happy.
But what happens when the book is finally finished? Where will the time for marketing come from? Unless I plan on quitting my day job (which I’m not), something has to give. Either I’m going to dispense with marketing and hope readers magically find their way to my books by themselves, or my writing will once again grind to a halt while I let the world know about my book. Of course, the latter option will probably mean I only release one book a decade, which isn’t a great marketing strategy either. I’ll have to hope that people who enjoy the first book in my series will want to recommend the second book to their kids when it eventually comes out.
Then again, if Alex ever decides to start renting out his clones for marketing purposes, I’ll be all set.
BTW, who does YOUR marketing?