Autumn has graced Iowa yet again. Well, today at least. Tomorrow will probably be hot as hell. For now, I’ll sip on my hot coffee and dream about being on the beach.
Let’s see, what have I been up to? Ah, yes. I finished book 2 in Mishka’s series, submitted it to my pub, Crooked Cat, and received a contract. Time to throw a party: assassin style 😉
But seriously, I find it incredibly difficult to market and that’s a MAJOR part of publishing. I’m not an outgoing person, per se, until I’ve had a few drinks. Thus, making my marketing attempts juvenile compared to others. I do believe success also hinges on my confidence. Obviously, I wish I was as confident and badass as Mishka. That doesn’t happen overnight. At least, that’s what I hear. Still waiting on that to be disproved. I admire and envy the authors who have multitudes of followers, friends, and family members who constantly share the crap out of their work & sell a shit ton. To reiterate, I’m an introvert. Get in my face & I’ll probably give you a death glare as I back away slowly. I try, dear God I try, to step into my pseudonym and engage strangers in my books. I tend to sweat when nervous and then I ramble. A lot. And I second-guess myself and my work because who the f*ck doesn’t? (Am I rambling?)
Being an Indie writer/author means we do a lot of work on our own. Yes, we may have a publisher and small group of others who help us, but the majority is on us. We don’t have publicists, PAs, or agents to find events for us or open doors to radio stations and/or TV channels. Do we then give up? Hell no! Just because a door is closed in our face (and it happens a LOT) doesn’t mean there’s not a window to sneak through.
If you’re new to the Indie world, welcome, and prepare to work your ass off as you climb the mountains of the publishing realm. Most of the people here are friendly and encouraging, but this is real and no longer in your imagination. Having thick skin is a necessity. Every time you fall and get bloodied, get back up and build yourself stronger. When you can look back at the mistakes, brokenness, and defeat, learn from it…yeah, that’s when you’re doing well.
As someone who not only manages a full-time job, but also two (yes, 2) author pages and schedules, it wear you down. I sure as hell want a PA, but the perfectionist in me comes out and shuts that thought down (also the money aspect). I strive to be the best I can as a writer. Oh, and if you were wondering, Tessa Robertson & Skye McNeil are basically the same person. Different author names and genres, though. P.S. Tessa curses a hell of a lot more too…usually….
What does any of this have to do with Harry Potter? I’m going to show my nerd here. I’m a Hufflepuff. At least that’s what the online quizzes and comparing myself to the books say. Let’s go over the traits for a minute.
Hufflepuff is the most inclusive: valuing hard work, dedication, patience, loyalty, high degree of friendliness and humility and fair play rather than a particular aptitude in its members. The emblematic animal is a badger.
Not to toot my own horn *toot toot*, but I’m almost every inch Hufflepuff. I do believe there’s some Gryffindor and Ravenclaw up there, but I’m hardworking, dedicated, patient, friendly, humble, fair, and loyal to those who earn it. Mess with me and I’ll become that mother-loving badger.
The same can be said in the Indie marketing world. We all belong to one of the four houses. How we introduce the world to our books/writing totally depends on our personalities and traits. I aim to be a little of each house, yes, even Slytherin. In order to make it, we have to step outside of our houses & face the dementors standing in our way of becoming the best author out there.
Comparing yourself to anyone else is pointless. We all write and market differently. The goal is to find your house & build each other up from there. A little encouragement goes a long ways. So, share that post, like that page, follow that website. You never know when it’ll make a difference in your own life.
All right, I think I geeked myself out enough for one day. I’m off to eat tepid lo mein. ~Feed your inner nerd~