Does anyone really enjoy promoting their work?
At the beginning of the week I managed to bite the bullet and bravely announce the launch of my latest masterpiece, Silent PayBack. I asked for help from our writing/reading community and was very surprised by the immediate response that almost overwhelmed me.
Like a lot of authors, I am not fond of all the trumpet blowing that you need to do to send your brainchildren out into the world. It usually comes as a great surprise to many writers to discover we prefer the peace and solitude of our writing caves, rather than the noisy, complicated world of publishing and promotion.
In the real world, parents send their offspring into the world to find their own way, confident they have equipped them with everything they will ever need to make a success of their lives. You see them turn away to return to the now empty nest, trying not to feel sad that this stage of their lives is over.
Writing a book is not like this.
We cannot simply stand at the door and wave goodbye, confident we have done all we can. We must go with our creation, often equipped with a virtual crowbar to prise open all those tightly closed doors!
This week, I am floundering around like a ship with no rudder. I stumble from one problem to another, making to do lists like there will be no tomorrow. If I do manage to achieve anything, it seems to happen by magic and not by intent.
I have done book tours before, with moderate success but always with the same low level of confidence, probably due to my lack of know how.
This time, however, I have tried to learn more about the process, in order to make it easier and ensure more book sales.
But between you and me, I cannot wait until I can retreat into my cave and pick up my favourite writing pen again!
Huge thanks for everyone who has offered to help with the launch, and all those who have grabbed a copy at the Pre-sale on Amazon.
A bargain at just .99p or $.99 for one more week!
Amazon UK: amzn.to/2p4xxzg
Amazon US: amzn.to/2LXHgjO