Browse the internet for a book.
Put the book away.
I was a reader before I became an author, so I remember when things were this simple for me. My biggest struggle was choosing which books I wanted to spend my Amazon gift cards on. But now, as an author, I realize how much more work goes into publishing a book. So let me set the stage for you.
As a full-time, working mom, my day job takes up 40+ hours a week. Then it’s off to the races as soon as I get home–preparing dinner for my family, traveling to my daughter’s volleyball games, and volunteering at church (my husband is a children’s pastor). Somewhere in there, I have to find time to grocery shop, do some laundry, and run any other errands that pop up during the week.
You might wonder when I find time to write or do other author things.
Balancing a full-time job, family, and being an author is tricky. I will admit sometimes I feel myself spreading thin like mayonnaise on a bologna sandwich…lol! I don’t always get to write when I want to, and sometimes even the best-laid plans can fall through in a heartbeat. Thankfully, my kids are older–my 2 boys both work full-time jobs and one just bought his own house, and my daughter will be 16 in a few weeks, so that will help with some of the running around.
But even when I’m not actively writing a book, I still need to sell the ones I’ve written. There’s research for keywords, impromptu book photoshoots, scouring the internet for stock images, scheduling social media posts, promotions, and ads to spread the word, planning book sales, creating teasers and graphics…I think you probably get the idea. I know this busyness I’m in right now is for only a season, so my philosophy is to take it day by day. When I have a free weekend, I try to get in as much as possible. It may be only one chapter, or it may be planning out my social media posts for the week.
I’ve been asked why I don’t just take a break, and the answer is absolutely not! I love it too much to give it up (even if it takes me longer to write a book than I’d like). It’s my joy and privilege to write stories. It’s because of readers like you that make our job so much fun. Knowing I could be a bright spot in someone’s day or give them an escape for a few hours makes me happy.
Every author has a different procces, so this is just my perspective. Some write full-time while others do it as a side job. Some do the heavy lifting of all the details, and others enlist the help of professionals. Regardless, it’s all important. It’s our job to make the process as easy as possible for readers to find us, read our books, and hopefully tell others about them.
Have you ever thought about what goes into marketing a book?
I’d like to encourage you to send a message to one (or a few) of your favorite authors. Comment on a social media post or send an email, but tell them how much you enjoy reading their stories. I promise it will be a bright spot in their day!
I’m excited for this year’s Back to School Bash and this is one of the books you can win in the giveaway.