Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Juggling Writing, Promotion, and Loops.

Awaken the Warrior is in bookstores. YAY! Finally, after all this waiting through edits, revisions, copy edits, how incredible to have people from all over telling me they see it on the shelves in bookstores. A girl on Twitter sent me a picture of it in her local bookstore. Another girl in Chicago said she went into Barnes and Noble to buy her book club book, saw Awaken the Highland Warrior on the end of an aisle, very good placement, she said, especially for a debut author, and she bought it! Our very own Donna Cummings saw it on a tower in her Barnes and Noble. Of course, there's my local Borders who doesn't even have it in stock yet. They first thought they had 8 copies coming, then 2. Who knows how many or when they'll arrive?

So, I'm thrilled that it's out and I'm trying to do everything I can to promote, but it's taking a TON of time. I'm going crazy with all the loops, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads. I just put an ad on Facebook and Goodreads. I'm doing my second giveaway on Goodreads. But all this time is taking away from writing the third book. I've already pushed back the pub date. I don't want to do it again. As authors, how on earth do we handle promotion and writing. Do we drop the loops? Limit the loops. Sometimes I feel like just saying forget promotion...if the book sells, it sells; if it doesn't, it doesn't. But I can't do that. I have too much of my time invested not to give it a good go.

However, I've heard that Nora Roberts' answer to everything is..."Write the damn book." She's very practical when it comes to things like this. I heard her say in an interview that she doesn't believe in muses and more than she believes in inspiration, you just write the book. And after the booksigning with her, seeing those lines of people who were there primarily to see her, some coming from as far away as Florida and Chicago, I think she knows a thing or two about this business. Every author will tell you, and so does our wonderful agent, that writing the book is the most important thing. If there isn't an incredible book, there's nothing to promote. So I guess I'll take a hint from Nora, back off on the promo a bit--just as soon as this blog tour is over--and just write the damn third book.


Kari Lee Townsend said...

Great post and soooo true. It is so hard to find a balance of writing and promoting. Very tricky and one I'm still struggling with. If you ever figure it out, let me know :-)

Good luck with the book.

Anita Clenney said...

Thanks Kari. I'm still looking for answers. I think when the book first comes out more time has to be spent on promotion, but then I need to get back to the foundation...writing.

Donna Cummings said...

Anita, I was excited when I saw your book yesterday, and I know how much work went into getting it there. :)

It's got to be tough, because writing is a full-time job a lot of days, and it sounds like the promo and social media is another full-time position. I think the promo stuff you're doing now will help with the next books, though, so maybe you can have time to focus on the writing part for a while.

Congrats again!

Anita Clenney said...

I'm so glad you told me about the book Donna. It's really tricky handling promo and writing. I didn't know anything about any of this stuff a couple of years ago. I just joined Facebook and Twitter about 1 1/2 years ago. Then there is Goodreads and all the blogs. It takes a lot of time just registering and setting up a profile. I'm on a couple of loops where readers discuss books. It's time consuming. But I think it will ease now that I'm set up on those sites.

Liz Lipperman said...

Anita, I am so excited for you, seeing your book on the shelves. I can't wait for that experience.

I also understand about the time you're having to put into the book. I am going crazy getting ready to debut on Amazon, and I haven't written a single word on my third book.

It seems I'm scheduled a lot of vacation coming up, which will put me back even further. I swore I would never let myself get into the same crisis mode I did with my second book, but here I am again!!

You deserve all the sales you can get. I'll be reading my copy on vacation which starts Saturday.

Lindsay said...

Anita you must be doing something right. The Amazon bestseller rank for the Kindle version is 8,352. So whatever it is keep up the good writing.

Anita Clenney said...

Liz, I hate it when I go into panic mode, and if I don't get moving on the third book it's going to happen. It already did, before Deb and I agreed to push the pub date back from Spring 2012 to Fall 2012. She's been great about it, and says we can push a little more if need be, but I don't want to. Got to get my butt in the chair and write.

I hope you have a blast on vacation, and enjoy the book!

Anita Clenney said...

Lindsay, thanks for that info. I didn't know it. I don't do a good job of tracking things. I'm just learning how.

Rochelle Staab said...

Congratulations on the release, Anita! My preorder came in the mail late last week and I can't wait to read it. I'm so excited for you.

RWA Nationals aren't RWA Nationals if I don't get to hear Nora speak. She's my favorite - "Quit complaining, quit whining, quit with the excuses, and WRITE THE DAMN BOOK."


Anita Clenney said...

Hi Rochelle. I'm so glad you got the book! I hope you like it. I really admire Nora. I've been around her a few times. She spoke at my chapter on plagiarism, something she's very passionate about. She was at our local WRW party in Orlando and I sat next to her. She was very nice, but unassuming. And she's no nonsense. Then at the signing, other than getting a few books signed for myself and for some friends, I talked to her for just a minute telling her how much I had enjoyed the signing.

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