Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Insecure Writers Support Group...

IWSG is brought to you by the Ninja Captain himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh. We post the first Wednesday of every month, sharing our insecurities or support. So drop by Alex's place for details and a list of participants.

So two posts from me today! This and my post for the April A-Z blog challenge. Aren't you the lucky ones?

Well, since there is so much going on I will try to keep it brief. Ha, yeah... right. ::snorts::

I've been slacking in the book promoting area these days. Trying to get my book set up to give away for free for a day or two. I may have to take matters into my own hands and set up a form here with a link to an automatic download page. I know it can be done, but I have to research it a bit. I know Goodreads has a giveaway option, but it looks like it is for new releases only.

So if you know of a place that will show me how to set this up, please share in the comment section. Otherwise, I will figure it out.

Why the slacking, though? Well... life to be honest. We're getting more daylight here now that it is Spring. We're a bit more involved in activities. (We being me and hubby.) My son is about to graduate, my daughter is close to her due date. We're moving to Washington in July, but we're driving, so that means a huge purge has to happen. We spent most of the winter going through stuff, but there is always more.

It entails quite a bit of work, promoting a book. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. You can flood all your social sites with links, but the best advice given to me was flood the market with stories. Get your name out there.

Thanks to all who shared that advice with me. I'm still working, still revising and nearly done with book two. Other stories have sort of blind sided me and I had to get the bare bones of them written down before they drove me crazy. Characters just don't have much patience, do they?

So there, that's my insecurity for the month. If it can be deemed as such. I'll be hopping around today, reading some of yours, so see you soon!

9 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It is a lot of work, but all it takes is a little bit every day. Even without a lot of spare time, you can do that.
Sorry, no help on the automatic download. But I have faith you will figure it out.

Annalisa Crawford said...

I promote sporadically. Although I think I actually use it to avoid writing. You're right though, it does take a lot of work, and you have to be ready for it. Sounds like you've got a busy few months ahead!

Mel Chesley said...

I do a little every day. At least ten minutes on Twitter and some Facebook promotions. Reading posts on Goodreads and Blogger. Work work work!

Donna Shields said...

Life is chaotic at times. I've been slacking some myself.

Julie said...

Life does get busy and those characters just don't respect your time at all, do they? Good luck with all your adventures, both writing and life. :)

Lynda R Young said...

Promoting does take a LOT of work and some days it might feel like it doesn't pay off, but if you keep at it, it certainly does.

Jamie Gibbs said...

There just aren't enough hours in the day, are there? :( I'm with Alex though, even a little bit every day will pay off in the end.

Jamie @ Mithril Wisdom
www.mithrilwisdom.com

Mel Chesley said...

That's what I try to do! I keep picking up a stone and dropping it in the bucket of water. ;)

Hart Johnson said...

I totally slacked on the insecure front... had I been clever, I would have found a C word related to insecurity... totally hear you on slacking... I am so bad about the promo stuff... I just don't LIKE it much, and I procrastinate terribly... and I don't even have a MOVE to plan!