Whose job is it anyway? The topic of book marketing came up recently in one of my linked in groups. Many writers noted that marketing was very difficult from their end, and most preferred to leave that to professionals in that area so they could focus on writing. As I get closer to completing my novel I have been thinking about marketing. I agree that the marketing process is a bit time-consuming and tedious, but the fact remains that authors cannot simply rely on others to create a presence for their work. It’s very rare to find someone who truly believe in your work as much as you do as a writer, and when you do cherish that opportunity. Yet, I believe it is essential for writers to also market their own work to increase success.
I’m great at meeting deadlines, but it’s not so easy when the person I have to answer to is myself. Such is the case with many writers whose work have not yet been contracted. I find that some days I’m great at writing pages and pages and even editing too, but other times I go days and weeks without writing anything! In an effort to help myself get more organized I set a deadline. Needless to say, I did not meet that deadline to finish my revisions, but, and this is important, I did make progress! So two tips I offer to the writer who has a hard time getting the work done are:
- Don’t be too hard on yourself, especially if, like me, you have a fulltime job and other obligations.
- Celebrate! the small accomplishments and take tiny steps instead of expecting too much of yourself in too little time.
I once heard in a writing course that if a word or phrase sounds too great, it probably doesn’t belong in the writing! Over the years I’ve noticed this to be true many times. And I’ve grown to be less grudging when removing them. Just because something sounds great to you doesn’t mean it fits where you used it or at all in the book. This takes time accepting, but acceptance of this fact, I believe, means growth as a writer because you are less willing to sacrifice the overall story for what sounds great that second.
So, I’m halfway through my first extensive review/edit phase of writing my novel. It’s quite a process – making changes throughout, adding more details, removing characters, changing other characters. It’s awsome sometimes and dreadfull at other times! And yet, it remains a necessary process to create a complete novel.
When I began writing my first YA novel, I started with the working title masterpiece because really which author won’t want their next novel to be a masterpiece? As I wrote more and more, the title came to me as Metamorphosis. It was totally genius! What better title would describe the whole theme of my book and the experiences of the characters, the main character especially? As time went on I finally settled with Metamorphic so as not to stem so much from the process, but from the trait itself.
So, here begins the journey in blog for my first YA novel!