Promotion: Joys and Woes

If you read my post on Wednesday, you know I have just published a book. (Days of the Kill. It’s on Amazon. Look it up. It’s awesome.).

Promotion is dang hard. Unfortunately, the fantasy we all have at one point or another that the publisher will do all the promotion or people will just magically find the book and we’ll all become rich and famous just isn’t true. That’s on you, people. Play your cards right, and you may just have a runaway best-seller.

Okay, so it’s not likely, but it’s possible.

Tomorrow will mark two weeks since I’ve been a published author. I have to say, I’ve had really positive feedback. I let people know about it, and people reacted. Boy, did people react.

People I haven’t talked to in forever liked my Facebook post. People that I haven’t talked to in a while said they bought it and want it signed. Heck, someone I never even talked to before bought the ebook and loved it!

I also have two reviews on Amazon. Two amazing reviews. And I am so happy about those reviews.

But wait, there’s more. There is another part to this. In come the woes to ruin a few things.

Things can happen. A family emergency comes up (yup, just had that happen), a friend is in trouble, or any number of things can come up out of the blue. Promotion tends to be the furthest thing on your mind when that happens.

My family emergency happened about a week after I published. I had said something on social media maybe once or twice before it happened. One week later, I’ve said something once since the whole family emergency thing. Yay me.

Things will happen that promotion will be put on hold for. But if you think about it, why not make a quick post on social media about your book? You might just be surprised.

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Beta Reader Anxiety

I think we all have anxiety in some form or another. Some people, it’s major, some people, it’s minor. For me, it’s minor.

Most of the time.

There are some times when my anxiety goes through the roof. That happened recently. It happened Friday night, when I sent my manuscript off to my beta readers. I sent my baby out to the first eight people that would ever read it. I have no idea what they’re going to think about it, and well, I want to know, but I don’t want to know. I’m going to hear from some of them, but I doubt I’ll hear from all of them. We’ll see.

Some of them, I know will give an honest review. One of them is going to give a heartbreaking review (you know who you are…). Some of them, well, they might be not willing to hurt my feelings (even though I told them to not spare my feelings in the email), and say, “It’s perfect! Don’t change a thing!”

Yeah, no. I don’t want that. I need honesty.

I’ve talked to a couple of the beta readers since I sent it out. I managed to steer clear of the topic with one, but the other one brought it up. I wasn’t too happy about that, but at least I know he’s reading it and he’ll get back to me. As long as he’s honest in his review, I’ll be happy.

I admit, waiting a month for reviews is going to be hard. A month can seem like an extremely long time when you’re waiting for something really important. I’ll be sure to keep you updated about how I’m holding up. Until then…stay tuned!

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