Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.

- Graycie Harmon

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Doing What I Can

Following on from yesterday's post, I'm still at a loss for what else to do. I'm terrible at the whole marketing thing. I'm not comfortable with screaming, 'LOOK AT MY BOOK. BUY IT. IT'S GRAND.'

Perhaps the book is spectacular.

Perhaps it's utter crap.

But that's for the reader to decide. One of my pet peeves is to always be blasted by people telling you that their product is the best thing out there.

Apparently, that's what you have to do in marketing, and I despise it. A lot.

My dream is that my writing will speak for itself, and people will willingly talk about it and recommend it to others.

And I won't have to be a pushy salesperson.

Still, no one is talking about it, or recommending it (as near as I can tell)... and they're not doing it because I cannot market effectively.

It's so annoying.

The thing is, I've researched marketing. I read, and read, and read on the subject. None of it sinks in. I remember facts about pre-history I've learned years and years ago, but nothing about the pamphlet on marketing I read yesterday.


I'm frustrated. Not at you, readers. You're not the problem. I am.

I'm doing what I can, and it's not enough.

Le sigh.

Right, on with writing. Have a good Tuesday everyone!


To excel or exceed in bombast, magniloquence, or violence. From the character of Herod who, in the old miracle plays, was always represented as arrogant.
- Edward Lloyd's Encyclopaedic Dictionary, 1895


Debbie Maxwell Allen said...

I think for some of us, the answer is hiring a publicist. Maybe you can find a grad student willing to "practice" on you for a low price!


S.M. Carrière said...

I'm not sure anyone would be willing to work for as little as I have spare!

I'll look into it, though. Thanks for the tip!

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you could consider submitting a short story or peice of poetry to a magazine. I've read many author profiles about how they started their careers with published magazine short stories, and then went on to have their novels printed.

A google search netted these two sets of resources in the Ottawa area:

Best of luck with everything!

S.M. Carrière said...

Thanks, Anonymous! I have looked into a few options, but there are fewer and fewer magazines that are accepting stories (back log), and yet fewer still that accept fantasy stories.

I'm looking into the links you posted now, though. With luck, something will come up! Thanks again!