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:
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.