I’ve been trawling the internet for information and advice about ‘what next’ after publishing.
I came upon this incredible article over at Standout Books Publishing Services by Robert Wood, and thought I’d share.
It’s a breath of fresh air for the newly published writer (or about to be published writer) who is a little (or a lot) overwhelmed by it all.
Some of Robert’s nuggets of wisdom include:
Marketing is a constant facet of the writer’s life – a boiler that needs stoking occasionally to keep the ship chugging along – and it can be unhealthy to transition the thinking of publishing a book to the process of marketing it.
A timely reminder to actually stop and enjoy each process; not just race from one to the next without taking a breath. Robert further backs up this sentiment with:
A big part of this is absorbing the fact that you’re a published author. This can be a struggle for a lot of writers – no bells and whistles go off, no alarms sound, your book is just available for purchase. Even when your readers arrive, I’m afraid there’s no certificate to confirm that you’re now officially an author. You just are, so try to embrace that fact.
Robert goes on to make some valid points about the marketing process and in Part 2, drills down into marketing tactics and the whole social media circus as a means to promote your book.
If you’re new to this caper I suggest you pop over and take a look; it might just take the edge off!