About a week ago, I released The Wayward Wife on Amazon.com, (click the picture/link to purchase & read reviews) using their free publishing programs CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing as the distributers under my own publishing company, The Write Way Publishing.
It was was an exhilarating experience to see my vision come to live so explicitly and clear!
After the high wore off, what occurred to me is that although I have been very thorough in my writing the book and setting up The Write Way Publishing, I have left the setting up of my marketing campaign to wither! This is the only way my book can get into your hands writers! So, I am going to take the time to actually sit down and write out what the plan is as well as calendar when I will promote.
I know you’re probably wondering why this wasn’t done before I released the book. So did I after it was done! I self-published because the publishing industry’s standardized book categories didn’t fit. My book has a heavy Christian influence, but The Wayward Wife (click for excerpt) also has explicit sex, a little violence, themes of molestation and its effects on the psyches of women and to top it all off – it’s written in a women’s fiction literary style.
There is no category for that.
So, I decide to publish on my own. I did a lot of research and leg work, but didn’t do the work I now know I have to do if I want to reach my target audience – market and promote.
Learn from my mistake! Plan ALL of the work, THEN work the plan. Now, I am going to have to do some backwards planning, but I know now and my NEXT book, As Luck Would Have It, will be planned executed appropriately.
Write on Writers!
The Write Way Faye 💋
I haven’t been writing. I need to. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just that things have been taking on a life of their own in reference to my responsibilities and my alone time to write has been gobbled up.
I have to make a on oath to myself to write daily. Whether it’s on a blog or in a novel. No matter if the world is falling apart, I need to write like my life depends on it, because in reality, it does.
Does yours? Do you feel like something is missing when you don’t write? I realized, that just like with anything else, if you stop doing it consistently it becomes easier and easier to stop doing it at all and I don’t want that to happen with my writing talent.
Use it or lose it.
I figure you guys have gotten the hint about diction so I am going to slow down the posts to every other week so I don’t bore you!
I am also going to start posting parts of my novels to fill the void of longing and pining you have for my words when I am away!
Without further ado…
The Wednesday Word for this week!
noun \ˈnā-ˌdir, ˈnā-dər\
1: the point of the celestial sphere that is directly opposite the zenith and vertically downward from the observer
2: the lowest point
For my purposes here and for yours as well, unless you are a celestial observer, I am using the second definition – The lowest point.
We reached a nadir when we resorted to throwing jabs at one another.
The man’s luck reached a nadir when he discovered he not only lost his wallet, but his phone and his favorite pen all in one day.
I’m back online….
I’m back to writing 3 times per week on my novel The Wayward Wife…
I’m back to writing poetry and I’ve written a short story to my new beau about our imagined honeymoon abroad… (SPICY!)
I guess its safe to say that I am back on track!
So the plan was to work summer school, coast financially and finish two books this summer. What ended up happening was that I got this really cool fellowship with Teach for America to follow a principal and be mentored on how the process works. I worked for pennies and during that whole the process, I also took three PDs to further prepare myself for Common Core implementation (and to prepare my pockets for a raise ^_^), one of which certified me as the Data Team Leader in my school!
Needless to say, writing didn’t happen over the last 6 weeks!
Shoot! Not much happened at all over the past 6 weeks, except work and presentations! SMH! I have to say, this was the most productive summer I have had since I started teaching! (It’s been 9 years!) Which is good and good… But just not good for having fun! LOL!
I am going to have to buckle down and schedule in the time to write with alarms and everything in order to hit my new scheduled finish date for one book. Yes, one; I am ambitious… but not crazy! Well… Not that crazy! LOL!
I am also going to have to make sure that I heed the alarm when it goes off! LOL!