Time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group post. If you're a writer who ever feels insecure, or
would like to support those of us with insecurities, then do join.
My insecurities this month aren't so much over the writing - that's actually going pretty well at the moment - but over marketing. Anyone who hopes to sell books, whether traditionally published or not, will have to get involved in the business of marketing. It's not a skill which comes naturally to many writers, me included.
I expect I'm further hampered by being British. Obviously there are exceptions, but we're generally not great at telling people we're awesome and we're reluctant to bother people. Standing in a corner mumbling, 'I've written a book but you probably won't be interested', isn't going to win over many customers, is it?
As I have written a fabulous (and fun) new book 'Firestarter' which I want people to read, clearly something had to be done. So I've taken a bravery pill and got started. One of my awesome* ideas was to send out a terrific newsletter. The first one has gone out and as far as I know nothing horrible happened as a result** ... If you'd like to sign up to get the next one, you can do it here.
Another wonderful initiative was to do a price reduction on an earlier novel. You can get the marvellous*** A Year and A Day for the wonderful bargain price of 99p/99c during the first week of this month. That's NOW!
What do you think, am I on the right track? Have I overdone it, or is there more I could do?
*the italics are so I can pretend I'm being ironic and/or it's someone else saying it.
** ooops, went all British again there.
*** Actually it's not terrible. Some reviewers gave it 5 stars.