Being an indie author requires me to market and I keep trying to fall in love with marketing. I know that’s the key to book sales, the way to get people to know about my books, and the way to gain new readers – but some of the easiest things to do are just a giant waste of time. It seems like spending 30 minutes a day on marketing leaves me with 30 fewer minutes to write so I’ve decided to cull the daily marketing activities so I have fewer things to do (and hence, more time to actually WRITE).
Since I think those 30 minutes could be better spent writing (short pieces, press releases, mastering Scrivener etc.) I am going to cull my marketing herd and stick to the basics: Tweeting the reviews I get, maintaining presence in on-line author rooms, and updating my blog more frequently.
In the spirit of this new focus, here’s what I’ve been up to as an AUTHOR:
I’ve started working on my new trilogy – Feathered Justice. The first book should be ready in a few months to go to my Beta-Readers and I’ll be working on a cover in the next few weeks (I always seem to write better when I have the cover done!).
I’m finishing my submission in a dog anthology – it’s tentatively titled “The Dogs of Summer” and it’s a touching and funny story about how one family (mine) rearranged their entire lives around old dogs – and how much they seemed to appreciate the effort!
Arienne is busy relaxing the Berkshires at the moment (I hear she’s getting dumped on by yet another snow storm) but she’ll be back soon – this time she’ll have another adventure with Coyote and Basir (because one of my readers told me she loves Basir and wants to see more of him and Ka’Tehm!). I’m not sure where her adventure will take her, but I know it’ll be great fun. You might also want to keep your eyes open for some new covers for the Relic Hunter Series. Tattered Shadows has a new look, Fortunes Bought and Sold is up next in the make-over department and then possibly a new set for the Relic Hunter Series – most of this self-publishing thing is really trial and error, so I think new covers might be in order.
In the meantime, I’m off to write!