I love writing. When the ideas pop into my head. When I get a sentence just right. The editing. The rewriting. Days of daydreaming. Research.
I love my job.
Well. Most of it.
There’s one part that I don’t particularly enjoy. Marketing.
See, my mama always taught me not to toot my own horn. Not to brag about myself or my accomplishments. She also taught me not to beg.
Now, I’m a grown up. I’ve written two books that were published. I believe in both of those books. I really do. I’ve gotten really good reviews for both along with a few tepid ones (which is completely okay! My books aren’t everyone’s flavor). I believe that with each book I write, I’ll improve and mature.
This is my career.
So, why do I get a funny feeling in my tummy when it comes to marketing? To selling these books? Well, for a few reasons.
1. I don’t want to brag. Telling people to buy my books feels an awful lot like telling them how awesome I am. I’m not comfortable with that.
2. I don’t want to annoy anybody. If all I do is tell people to buy my books, I’ll end up being a spammer. Nobody wants to be a spammer. They’re like the mosquito of the internet.
I’ve struggled with this part of my publishing career. I ignore that funny feeling in my tummy and push through.
Then, yesterday, I read an article on Donald Miller’s Storyline blog. Then, my friend Paul (who is really named Nathan…but I’m so scatterbrained I decided to rename him) sent me the link to that same blog post. It really made me consider a few things about marketing/self-promotion.
1. These books aren’t all mine. They belong to me, yes. But also to my family who supported me through the writing. To my publisher (WhiteFire Publishing) who took a risk on me. My editors who spent time teaching me how to be a better writer. They belong to my readers who have invested time and emotions in their reading. I owe it to all of them (and all of you) to really get my stories out into the world.
2. Writing is my calling. I feel deeply that writing is my calling. That God has given me this ability for a reason. Part of that calling is (gulp) getting the words into the hands of readers.
3. In order to keep publishing, I need to keep selling. Publishers and editors perk up their ears when they hear about sales an author is able to make. They love hearing that good authors are successful marketers. It’s essential to my future that I sell LOTS more books.
4. I want this to be a source of income. I work very hard to write my books. Very hard. I put in long hours. And, as it is right now, I don’t even make minimum wage (that’s some raw honesty for you, folks…and I’m not alone. Most authors are in the same hole-ridden shoes). Marketing is how I can make more money so that I can contribute to my family, even in a small way.
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