• So Very Much to Learn

    Posted on March 17, 2012 by in Talking About Writing

    I’m like a lot of virgin(ish) indie authors–I’ve got a fair amount of experience with writing, yet next to none with self-promotion.

    I’m not a total idiot when it comes to marketing.  I spent a little over three years, very early in my career, marketing the arts (working as a marketing director for a music organization and in cable television).  But it’s a heck of a lot easier writing about someone else’s creative endeavor than it is to write about your own.  What’s even worse is writing about yourself, particularly when you’re trying to keep your private and professional lives separate.

    Ten days ago, I decided to try and make a go as an indie writer.  Since that time, I’ve been taking a crash course in what you have to do besides writing the book.  In the past week, I’ve:

    • Arranged for web hosting
    • Created this page
    • Created and began using a Twitter account
    • Created a Facebook page
    • Created a Pinterest account (haven’t pinned anything yet, though)
    • Linked the Twitter and Facebook accounts with this website (I think–this is kind of a test post!)
    • Watched Joanna Penn and CJ Lyons’ excellent Secrets of Independent Publishing Success
    • Designed a cover for my first book.
    • Hired a cover designer for my second book (yep, it’s already written)
    • Read all kinds of blog posts and website copy about how to get started in this industry
    • Investigated various publishing platforms (Kindle KDP, Smashwords, etc.)

    You’ll notice at no point in all this have I mentioned actually working on my book.  It’s written and relatively polished (I’ve gone over it a gazillion times and it’s been passed by four betas).  But I want to give it a couple more good goings-over before I release it to the public.

    It’s weird how you have to fit in writing between all the other stuff you need to do.

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