Late last night, I realized it was St. Patrick’s Day and I’d just missed a fun opportunity to publish my book about luck on a holiday related to luck. Drat! If I’d been the kind of organized author who thought ahead two weeks… but I wasn’t. The only thing holding me up, though, was working on keywords and a book cover for the print edition, so I decided to go for it. Voila! (That cover is a link to the book on Amazon, I hope.)
I spent a fair amount of time this week reading current advice for marketing self-published books. How to do a book launch, where to advertise, how to build a network of supporters with advanced review copies, etc, etc. Promotions, blog reviews, proper use of a mailing list, pre-orders, all that kind of thing.
I should have done all of it before I published, of course, but I didn’t. Or maybe that should be, “I should have done all of it before I published, but I didn’t, of course.” Ha. What a difference moving a couple words makes.
I’m probably not going to do any of it now, either. Do I lack ambition? Faith in my work? Drive? Maybe. Maybe all of the above. But really, I think my fundamental problem as an indie author is that I write too slowly, and I think I need to work on that problem more than I need to work on marketing a single book. Every minute spent trying to sell Luck is a minute not spent writing the next book. So Luck is published, and I will probably try to let my mailing list know about it sometime within the next couple of weeks* and otherwise, I’m just going to move on to the next thing.
*My mailing list software is doing a big upgrade next week, I believe, and I’d rather re-learn the software as it will be, rather than re-learning it as it will no longer be.
What is the next thing? I don’t know! Not for sure. But it might involve a character named Serena, who has a minor but entertaining role in A Gift of Luck. Meanwhile, I hope you read Luck, I hope you enjoy Luck, I hope you review Luck! (It’s exclusive to Amazon right now and in Kindle Unlimited, so if you’re a KU person, it’ll be free to read. I haven’t seen the print edition yet — obviously, given that I finished the print cover at about 10PM last night — but it’s also available as a paperback.)
Yay! I got it. Gonna go to Crusie’s blog and post the news on whatever thread is still running!
Aw, thank you so much! I haven’t read comments there for a while — too busy! But maybe I’ll go check out the weekly reading thread, always my favorite!
Bought it. Reviewed it.
I’d love to read more about Serena 🙂
I’ve got a scene with her in my head, plus a bit of her history — I know what that break-up was about, I know how it’s rocked her world, I might even know something about the hero. But I don’t have a plot at all. I do like her, though. In my head, she’s sort of Beth Riesgraf (the actress).
Bought it! Can’t wait to read it!
Thank you! I hope you enjoy it!
I did enjoy it–every word! And I love that it’s available on paperback. How do I go about getting an autographed copy?? For that matter, I wouldn’t mind purchasing autographed copies of all the Tassamara books!
I’ll email you!
Dena Wise said:
Judy finished a Gift of Luck and I love it. It’s like visiting friends to see what’s up. I love your writing, it makes me feel part of the world your writing in.
Thank you so much! This is the trepidation stage of waiting to find out if people enjoy it, so I so appreciate your comment!!
And thank you so much for the Amazon review!