What follows is a typical conversation I’m sick and tired of having with myself at 2AM on a school night…
Is it me or have the majority of how-to-self publishing business books coming out lately focused more on the marketing and social media aspects of the self publishing business and less on the heart of business which is… WRITING MORE BOOKS?
Why is it after I’ve picked up those books and read them that I feel like I’ve just chugged down a gallon of cyanide laced KoolAid?
Oh sure, come on in. The water is fine! Publish that book and make that writing plan and—did you buy my self help book on publishing? Did you re-tweet that you read my self help publishing book and download the freebie I sent out and have you done a mailing list and are you on Facebook or tweeting me and oh wait, I’m linking you up with another friend of mine who’s pushing some ballistic marketing plan for a class on marketing and if you don’t take this class then you’ll never make a six figure income like this guy and–
UGH. I’ve had enough and done with feeling like my budding authorpreneur’s paper plate is overfull and on the verge of collapse before I’ve even gotten out of the gate.
It’s time for a change. And some logic. Sweet, sensible logic that makes sense of what it is that needs to get done to propel this career of mine forward.
STEP #1: WRITE BOOKS.
STEP #2: PUBLISH BOOKS.
STEP #3: WRITE MORE BOOKS.
STEP #4: PUBLISH MORE BOOKS.
Yes, yes, I know there’s a little more to it then that. But seriously…? That’s the heart of the business. Getting more books out. If authors want to interact with readers, then do it between the covers—book covers and pages. You want street cred as an author who gets readers to read your stuff—then publish more books and put them where readers can find them.
But how do I get readers to read my books? The masses haven’t shown up yet and and why aren’t they reading my stuff?
Get over it. Channel your inner Elsa and Let It Go then scurry off and write more books. The more you write the better you’ll get. The more books you have out, then the more statistical chance there is for readers to find them.
But what about marketing???? Don’t I have to do that, too????
Yes, but marketing doesn’t haven’t to be painful and expensive. Not at the early stages in the career. Use what tools are free and at our disposal. Like Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program. I know, I know, you’ve heard the advice on writers loops from the big names who say things like going all in with KU is throwing sales away—um, yeah, that might be true for them because they’ve… ALREADY ESTABLISHED THEIR PLATFORM AND AUDIENCE.
You haven’t. So Let It Go and scurry off to write.
But what about blogging???
What about it? Do you need it? Do you want to do it? Do you even like to do it?
*sigh* Can it help you with developing your ability to write on the fly? And write tight?
Yeah, I think so.
Then do it.
But what do I blog about?
Whatever it is that doesn’t derail you from getting more books written.
Not gonna lie. That last line has caused more than a few sleepless nights for me. Why? Because I’m a perfectionist who’s terrified of doing something wrong. *eye roll* Again, I’m hearing Elsa and humming Let It Go.
Have fun with it.
Don’t be perfect.
Make it ugly.
Do everything wrong.
Lower your expectations and go have fun with it.
Who cares if the blog is about random stuff. It’s
your my blog. Have fun with it and use it to hone your my writing skills. Write about that article you saw where scientists found a time crystal and how disappointed you were I was that they weren’t tunnel vision focused on building your (much needed and wanted) time generating machine.
Use it as a journal. Get your thoughts out. Clear your mind.
Use the blog as a writing tool to get you prepped and on screen with your characters. Do whatever you have to do but for goodness’ sake…
STOP THINKING AND START WRITING MORE!
Okay, that works for me. No more professional perfectionist. It’s time for fun and messy. And a challenge.
So here’s my challenge for myself. 250-500 blog words every day for a week. Topics don’t matter as long as it’s writing related. Write about whatever is on the mind, related to writing, and get it out. Then post it.
And on that note, I’m off to bed and sleep. (At least I hope it’s to sleep. )