OK, so who knew that launching a book was so much work? (All the other authors in the room raise their hands.) *Ignores them*.
Lets just say… I knew it was work, but really, this is a lot. It’s not just the launching, but the trying to TELL EVERYBODY ABOUT IT, AAAAHG!!!!! I have been spending a lot of time trying to get the word out. I’m not really a social-media-kinda-girl, so that has been an experience. I’m starting to get the hang of it. The thing is, normally, I would be writing. I have that second book just sitting there, partly written, waiting for me to get back to it. I’m dying to tell the rest of the story.
For those of you who are wondering, E will be… at least… a trilogy. I am still debating whether or not that will give me enough room to tell everything. It may evolve into a longer series. In addition to that, there will be a prequel, which I am almost dying to write more than the rest of the story. (As a matter of fact I have started writing it because I just. couldn’t. resist.) I feel like there is a lot going on right now, so there is not a lot of time to get to the things that I really want to be doing. I’m trying to get so many things started, get a web presence out there, which is sadly something I have neglected until I was ready to launch. I am also still working on this site. You might notice it is not exactly the most put-together of sites. I am working on a new banner, which is a bit of an art project. The current banner is a character from another novel I wrote, but have not (yet) published. (More on that later.) And then there’s like a bajillion things with work and life in general. So yeah, I’m feeling a bit scattered.
I know I just need to start focusing on a few tasks at a time. I think it is going to become easier as I get things up and running. I need to take the advice of Marquita Herald, who wrote a brilliant little book on promoting your work as an author and managing your time. She basically said to pick a few things and stick with them. Normally I’m good with that, but I don’t like to have too many options. Or at least, no one should ever give me too many options if they expect me to get anything done, because I will spend a year mulling them all over.
At any rate, I am trying to narrow my focus, and maybe this weekend I will declare one of the days a no-media day and only work on my writing. That being said, I am pleased to see a substantial number of downloads of my book, which is totally awesome. If you haven’t got it yet, it’s free on Kindle through Sunday, May 11th. Read up!