By Marilyn, Feb 13 2017 02:23PM
My debut novel comes out as an ebook next week and I'm very excited. I have decided that I am going to write a weekly blog about my experience of the process.
Now what has become acutely apparent to me over the past few weeks is that if you actually want people to read the book you've written, writing it is only the beginning. I finished my novel and thought 'I've done it!', but now that I have a publicist on board I'm realising that in order to get people interested in the book, I almost have to get people interested in me. The book was never going to sell itself, but I didn't quite realise how much of my personal life would have to do the selling.
I decided to go down the self-publishing route without an agent. Now the two of you who came to the website, who weren't family or friends, may have left the page on reading this, as I gather that self-published books penned by unrepresented authors are presumed to be unsolicited drivel in some quarters i.e. 99% of the traditional publishing world! But it was a conscious choice. I wanted to create something end to end that had my stamp all over it. My whole career has been based around being commercially confident. Writing the novel was a test of my creative ability, so I guess that self-publishing and managing the commercial side of this endeavour is my way of still operating within in my comfort zone.
My Twitter and Facebook pages are up and running. I got excited when I saw the banner that the publishing company had created for me. It looked quite pretty. I have never had active profiles on either platform before and boy does it show. I find social media a bit daunting I must say. I'm an Olympic Chatter. Gold Medalist! This tweeting business feels like I'm being cut off in my prime. It's a bit stop start, so I think it will take me a while to get into the swing of things. But I don't have much time. On Monday I had 7 followers, but when I checked today there were 6! So it's all moving in the right direction!!
Anyway, here goes. I feel a bit like I'm venturing out into the world naked from the waist down, but I've worn a good top and shaved up to my knees, so wish me luck!!