The final book of Rules of Payne came out today, Rules of Payne 2. The release for the book compared to the first book is very laid back, and quite a calm day. Not because it happened to be like that, but by design.
Don’t think I stumbled upon some great marketing strategy where I can create a low key release and have huge sales numbers. Believe me, if that were the case I would tell everyone about it. It would save a lot of dollars and stress for people.
No, this release is calm: no blog tours, Facebook release parties, multiple giveaways and jumping on every multi-author Facebook party I can. This has to do with being a very busy time for me at home. Both my boys are out of school and are young enough (both under 5) that they require me to always be there for them. I can’t just tell them, “Hey mommy is going to do a Facebook party for an hour, you two entertain yourselves.” That would end in one brother either killing the other or a fire of some kind. Not good.
But, the main reason for the low-key affair is finances. Simply put, I’m trying to sell a home and need to scrimp and save. But that’s not the reason for this post. I’m not saying this for the woe-is-me sympathy. This post is to thank everyone who helped me.
This is to Melissa, Char, Christy, Phala, Desiree, Lacy & Lou. You all helped me out by letting the world know your opinion and not just that, but jumped at the chance to tell it early. Also, Nikki who got up early just to read my book and review it, then tell me what she did. That’s cool. You ladies are amazing! Some of you even did fan art which completely blew me away.
Not just them, but to all the others who liked and shared whatever post I put up to help spread the word. I’m not a big author, I’m not even a slightly well-known indie author. I’m a relatively new indie author in a sea of new indie authors. There is no big fan base to spread the word or big name authors that give me a shout out or big-time blogs jumping at the chance to read my latest release. But does that matter right now, no.
I know you think I’m crazy for saying that (haven’t you learned by now that, yes, I am crazy!) but hear me out. I realized something the other day, this is the best time for me as a writer. The people who want to help me, actually want to lend me a hand because they like my work or think I’m a cool person and not at all because they can be a part of some big release or have a big author notice them. I can write what I want and not feel pressure to cater to a big time publisher or a gigantic fan base that expects me to write a certain way. This allows me to experiment and take risks, which I believe to be essential to learn and grow as a writer.
Therefore I am truly grateful that these ladies, the women of the Smokin’ Siren street team and Swim Meet have helped me out this week and all the weeks that came before. It’s an honor to have everyone help me get my crazy characters in the hands of others.
To make a very long story short: Thank You.