Every day I work at marketing myself as a writer. It's a bit of an uphill climb one day and down the next routine. Today, I checked stats to my web site and they are definitely up. It's especially interesting to see the referrals and how people got to the site. I am now convinced that the blog, interviews, contests, and all the social networking sites are effective and working. My name is not a household word...but it's getting out and about a bit. Now, if all this translates to book sales and folks read my book...yahoo...I'm elated.
Yesterday, I was preparing some questions for an upcoming interview at the author exchange blog spot (http://www.lindamfaulknertips.blogspot.com/) I am posting one of the questions and my response. My interview is scheduled for 1/25.
What is the biggest challenge you face as a writer?
This one is easy…not getting discouraged and losing faith in myself. It is very exciting to receive the notice from a publisher that says your book is going to be published. The champagne pops, there's dancing, and your feet don't touch the ground for days. Then, the reality of marketing and networking to get your name out and about sets in. I remember when I was composing how hard it was to get people to listen to new music. Most folks feel threatened by a living composer and want to stay with the three b’s: Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. Oh, and of course, Mozart. I think the same may be evident in the writing world. People gravitate to the writers on the top of the NY Times bestseller list and it is difficult to get noticed. I have vowed not to give up, to work harder at getting my name out, and to become a better writer. Having someone say they enjoyed your story goes along way…of course, a fatter royalty check is nice, too!