It seems that everyone around me is blogging their asses off! Yet again, I arrive to the game a little late!! Hi… sorry… don’t mind me, I’ll just be over here out of the way trying to catch up.
As a newbie author, and having self published three novels in a little over 12 months, I thought I’d be well on my way to writing my next novel. I hadn’t realised how important social media would be to my marketing strategy. Come to think of it… I hadn’t even considered a marketing strategy! I’d had a Facebook and Twitter account for a while but had rarely used them. To me, these mediums were frivolous and often annoyingly time consuming. Far too many jokes and funny videos of some poor bugger falling off a ladder, would distract me…it doesn’t take much! (Just call me Dory!)
Joining the fray with a massive handicap, I started to explore the bottomless pit of social media. In short, my day would consist of several head scratchings, plenty of expletives, and lots of “Huh?… Why didn’t that work?…How do I do this?…What the?… Oh, I give up!” It took a while for all the information to sink in, all the posts, links, and photos to sit correctly like everyone else’s, and to finally begin to understand the etiquette involved in self promotion. It felt like I’d taken on the task of learning Russian and Japanese all in one sitting! Pings, dings, and pop up notifications were fast becoming a conversation breaker, should anyone foolishly try to begin one! I was face down in my laptop for several weeks, only surfacing for a wee, a coffee, and whatever was quickest to rustle up for dinner!
Blogging is something I’ve held back on, mainly because I’ve been spending all my time reading everybody else’s blogs. Man! there are bajillions of them out there! I confess that I’m certainly no master of the art of blogging, but I’m beginning to realise its potential. It’s strange, but when I set out to write my book (which became a trilogy), I had no idea that I would also need to become a proof reader, an editor, a book cover designer, a website builder, a book trailer producer, PR, and general dogsbody for myself. (All while still trying to hold on to some semblance of sanity!!) It has been a mahoosive learning curve, but I’m not one to be defeated by technology, and now I’m actually quite grateful to have learned so much. Time is a commodity we rarely appreciate, but for indie authors, learning to prioritise and meet a deadline is essential.
Nothing of any substance can be achieved without the will to succeed and the desire to see it through to completion. But the support and encouragement I’ve received from family, friends, and a very special book club The Rave Reviews Book Club have made a huge difference to my own motivation. To anyone reading this now, who has inspired me or supported me in my endeavour to write and self publish, cheers! It means a lot and I couldn’t have done it without you. x;-)