I have been away for a while. Not away, away, but haven’t posted any updates on myself. There is a reason for that.
The first, and most important reason is I don’t have any books coming out. Therefore, no eager posts about upcoming releases for myself. This is due to my lack of funds.
Something had to give.
My husband and I have been trying to sell our condo back in Chicago for almost a year. We put it on the market back in April of last year and the tenants moved out in May. Since then we have been paying rent (on our current place in Virginia) and mortgage on the condo in Chicago. My husband is the only one with a salary, so money is tight to say the least.
Something had to give. What gave was my publishing. I have put it on hold for when we sell the place and pay off some of the bills we have racked up from living so lean. I hate that I had to do this, but it needed to be done. Once the place sells I can have a more solid date for my next release (which will be Aria’s story from the Cake Love series).
Despite this publishing hold I am still writing. That way I will have a lot of books on the back burner ready to be published when I do come back.
Speaking of coming back, I have been spending a lot of my time learning how to come back strong. In other words: marketing my books. If you follow me on Twitter you will notice me tweeting a lot about book marketing tips and articles I find.
I did the bare minimum right.
This brings me to the whole point of this post today: I have been doing everything so utterly wrong. Sure, I did a few things right. The bare minimum. I did the bare minimum right. Imagine if I was a Starbucks barista and I just did the bare minimum right. Would you keep coming back to that Starbucks hoping to get served by me? No you wouldn’t. You might even walk into a Starbucks, see me behind the counter, turn around, and walk right back out. That’s what I have been doing with regards to promoting my books.
Sad. I’m sad, really.
Learn how to be a lead barista of books!
But there is hope and a chance for any other author who thinks they might be a terrible barista too. While you read the first part of this post and maybe felt bad for me, now you can be happy. Happy that I now have the time to learn all this stuff and do a kick ass job the next time I come out with a book. Be promoted to lead barista, or whatever the equivalent is at Starbucks.
I will try to do a few posts a month about what I learned. Some I have a chance to put into practice or test out before I ever publish a book, some I will have to wait and just give examples of how it helped others. I will try to give you links to the websites/authors I learned all this from so you can check it out for yourself.
Check out the Next Book Barista Post about throwing a great release party HERE.
As an indie-author I was wondering what I could do to help get my books out there. So, I looked into it and that's when I realized I had a lot to learn. These posts are to help my fellow authors learn how to market and publish their book. I pass on what I found out about making a book a success.