Thursday, 26 February 2015
Moving on. The road not the paper
We have been staying in a lovely campsite in Del Rio, Texas for the last week, now it's time to hit the road again. I wish it was that easy with writing.
I keep picking up the pen and writing a sentence or two then drift to the Laptop to check something and before I know what's happened 2 hours have been lost.
The promoting and publishing takes up too much time. I suspect that all new authors ( especially self publishers) have the same problems; as well as all the same books on self help indie authors.
Getting advice is easy, but choosing which bit to follow is a lot harder because a lot contradicts the rest. There appears to be two camps. Those that advocate and actively advise you to build up a strong social following and interaction through Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and such like and the opposition who say it's a waste if time and if you use your book, cover, blurb and focus on manipulating your ratings on Amazon through interaction with other authors pages and books you have more chance of success.
Using Amazon's promotion tactics is another bone of contention. Sell yourself cheap or keep your dignity and freedom if choice.
It is very complicated and time consuming, but challenging and intriguing at the same time. I just wish I could write with one hand and promote with the other. Maybe there is a self help book for that!