To sell a fat book . . . Well, all right, mine tend toward thinnish books and novellas, but as a writer, marketing continues to be a closed book to me.
But those Mean (and more successful than me) Writers are going to try to make me act like a businesswoman and get out there (and in here) and sell books.
They have no idea how hard that’s going to be.
I mean, here I am a sweet (more like shy, but . . .) little (fat) old (barely!) lady (well, female) tucked into my cozy office with story ideas pinging off off my time constraints and prior commitments to the ideas that didn’t bounce off . . . I mean, they expect me to actually work at selling stuff?
I mean, they’re saying things like “Cover reveal at least a month ahead of actually publishing.”
Say what? I generally finalize a cover a few days to a week ahead of stopping waffling around and poking at the finished, edited, formatted manuscript. Now I have to do covers one and preferably two months ahead of time? Eep!
And pre-orders! There’s more time before getting up the nerve to push the button!
This is going to be agonizing!
Next they’ll be telling me I have to get everything out in paper!
And I think there was something about announcements _and_ reminders.
I do, by the way, already have a mailing list! Ha! I’m up on one thing at least!
Website? Well, yeah, I have a website. In fact I have two. Okay, yeah, that one’s so static it’s got dust on it. I’ll . . . do something about it. (grumble, grumble)
The other one’s sort of a hang out for my beta readers, so I won’t advertise it to the public, even if it is trivial to find it.
Wait! Wait! They want teasers and such. All fancy like a blurb on a wrap-around dust jacket! Ha! _That_ I can do. See?
And basically . . . That’s how the successful writers do it. So we all need to get our acts together and start doing it!