An author’s rant
That’s it I quit. As authors we say this quite often. Not because of the writing aspect, not even because of the editing issues, heck we even can get through the rejection letters like pros. Some find them a cheap alternative to wallpaper. While others find it a mark of a real author to be rejected. Whatever your poison it’s not the writing that makes us want to quit.
What is it? You ask. The marketing. Are we under exposed? “You have a book out?” to which the author smashes his or her head against the table because they’ve only posted, tweeted, tumbled and invited this person to multiple events through social media. “Yes, it’s new.” Or has been out for a few years and you even liked the cover art.
We don’t want to bombard people to the point they no longer want anything to do with us. They may unfriend us or worse yet block our messages. This leads to the second issue…are we overexposed? When every post that an author puts up is about how hot this scene or that scene was or that they’re in the mood to write a hot scene, well after awhile you just want to send them some St. John’s Wart and a fan to clear up the issue.
As authors we giveaway more than we make. Yeah I’m my husband’s favorite tax deduction. Trying every swag gimmick out there until we learn we’re a year too late. We blog, so you can get to know us as a person because selling books is more about selling the person than the prose. BTW if you haven’t noticed I’m a bit of a smart ass. We even are crazy enough to ask readers what draws them to books. I say crazy not because their opinion doesn’t matter, but because there are so many opinions. Remember the over and under exposed? Yeah, that’s why we quit.
Where do you as readers want us to draw the line? Daily posts about every book in our catalog? Do you care if a scene makes us cry or gave us shivers? Or if it’s so sexually hot I’m panting as I write it. What would have you invest your hard earned money into a new author? Do they need to write shorter books priced from free to $0.99 or would you make the leap and pay $5.99? I get cheap, I’m right there with you. Before ebooks I would wait until the paperback came out. Only occasionally if I loved the author would I shell out for a hardcover. At the same time for a full-length novel how much does an author have to give away? Would you go into work for a year for free? Okay I’m getting off my soapbox.
It no longer feels like you’re writing, could be because 80% of the time you’re marketing. In reality most of the words you’re putting to page are on your news feed. Even when we write and try to disconnect somehow we’re drawn back in. Maybe it’s an alert on our phone. Or we need to look up the exact dimensions of a basketball court. Either way what should have been a quick Google search turns into forty minutes of uninterrupted viewing of memes. Not by me of course because I’m singularly focused, but you know people talk. OMG what a cute puppy and it says I wuff you.
Back to the issue at hand. Me quitting. The hard part is if I keep my characters to myself I’ll lose my mind. I need to put them to page. I have so many and they won’t stop coming. This takes time and when it comes down to it the people who do buy them enjoy them. So I’ll sit back, be patient and both the other me that I write under and I will keep creating stories. Readers please do me a favor, if you read a book and enjoy it, tell at least two people, because your opinion is the best marketing in the world.