Marketing Highs and Writing Lows
Hi again! So this is again probably more interesting to other authors or for readers who care about what authors go through. Let's start with the good things.
So marketing. Well I guess I need to backup a little. I finished writing my second novel (YAY) and did the editing and revisions and had it formatted (Boo) and then had it published Sept 21st (YAY) I had excellent (luck, hustle) to secure another Bookbub deal for Nov 4 for the second book Not My Type. So this book release went better than the 1st book. I sold 100 books in a little less than a month. This 2nd bookbub deal also did a little bit better as well. It was .99¢ like the first.
Buy through during the 2nd BB sale for book 1 (Running Into You) was 14 books.
I do feel like I continued to reap the benefits of the bookbub deal well into December for book 2 and book 1 (as folks went back to buy the first book). I gained new positive reviews and new followers on bookbub. I’ve been making over $100 per month since August. More than some new author less than many others. December has been slow overall so I actually don’t think I’ll hit it this month and that leads me into writing.
So they say the best way to make money in this creative business it to continue to release books. And my goal for 2019 was to release a book every quarter so 4 full length books. Also my goal was to write 2 of those 2019 books before the end of 2018 so that I would be ahead of the game and not rushed etc.
Well the best laid plans usually don’t work out...don’t ask me why LOL. You would think they would as they have been planned well. To be fair for ME it was laziness. I had at least 2 full months were I was healthy and had PLENTY of time to write each day and just didn’t. Fast forward to the end of Oct as we were coming upon Nanowrimo. I started writing on BOTH my next releases on OCT 23 and wrote every single day til Nov 31. I get a pat on the back for that.
Then came Nov 29, I went to see 2 doctors as I was having pain, and the next week went to a specialist, then two days after that the emergency room and after that two other doctors. And will be going in for oral surgery 4 days before this is posted. In between there was a lot of “can’t function” pain. Anyway that means at least 13 days there was little to no writing. When my hope was to finish WIP1 (work-in-progress) so that it could be proof/edited beginning of Jan and released late Jan. If God is good and I get this medical issue at LEAST under control We will see a Feb release. I’m hoping for early/mid, but at this point I’d be happy with any time in Feb. With WIP2 still coming out on time in April (got to finish my baby the Instant Chemistry Series).
Writing is like any other job, you have to work around limitations. I’m in a lot of writer/author groups. And a lot of them have chronic medical issues or are out right disabled in some way, but they still write. I’m only as about 55% as I’m writing this but I figured compared to some of the days I’ve had today was a GOOD day to write so I might as well do so.
Maybe I’m being taught a lesson, in that any given day is not promised, so you should make the most of it. And I plan to do that going forward. Between marketing that sucks up your time (making promo post, pics, making and running ads, posting stats etc, I can understand why authors have PA’s (personal assistants-but who has money for that-see above where I said I’m just now making over $100 a month). I have to remember that my main job is to WRITE.
As we rush into the end of 2018 to the new beginning of 2019 think about your goals and make your vision board or goals list and the realistic steps you need to get there. I still see my goal of 4 full novel in 2019 as doable. If I can go beyond that even better.
Wishing everyone a wonderful, healthy and joyful 2019!