It’s the first Wednesday of the month, time for
Hi, my name is
and I am an addict…
I never wrote my novel with publishing in mind. It was simply a lark, something I wanted to accomplish. Once I got into it, though, I found I loved it. Keep in mind, I knew nothing about writing fiction, but I did have a good education and was an avid reader.
I was fortunate enough to have all the critical plot points, so once I was finished and thought, “Hey, I might have something here,” all I needed to do was research what it takes to get published. Trouble was, there was a lot on that list. But I did it. I jumped through most of the hoops.
I found querying to be an especially brutal one, demoralizing, really. But I made it through, not the wholly traditional way—I bypassed the agent—yet I still managed to snag a book deal. I thought, after edits are done, I’ll have all the hard parts behind me. Yeah, not so much.
I always thought publishing would bring me this huge sense of accomplishment, that I’d be nothing but happy, happy, happy. But then I became obsessed. Addicted. It’s a daily struggle really. They don’t tell you that once you’re published it’s all about selling. But I didn’t know how to do that. Marketing is not in my tool belt. I’ve had to learn as I go, and I’ve learned I suck. But still, I make progress, even though it is a struggle.
To gauge that war, I check my rankings on Amazon, constantly, both US and
UK. I hop on Goodreads to see how many people
have added my book to their TBR list, how many new ratings, new reviews. Same with Amazon. I’m always worrying about where the next
review will come from, will it suck, will it be amazing? Will it spike my sales?
So, as you can imagine, each day brings either a huge high of happiness or a face-planting low of failure. One day, I’m up, the next, I’m down. Some days, it’s up and down and up and down all within a few hours. Oh cool, a great 5-star review on Amazon, YAY! Let’s watch my book climb up Amazon’s Top-Rated in Romantic Suspense list, or Mysteries and Suspense, where it can really be seen. Happy dance time! Then I watch as my ranking gets higher and higher, which, of course, means no one has bought a copy that day. When it goes above a certain threshold, I practically have a coronary.
It’s driving me CRAZY!!! I feel like an addict who craves the bottle or the needle or the pipe. The information on Amazon and Goodreads is my drug. I have to know. I have to know! Now, now, now!
Well, I’ve reached my breaking point, I think. I can’t do it any more. I’ve had a lot of highs in the last week. One of them was that my fans expect another book. My readers message, email, text, and Facebook me, telling me this, yet I sit on my ass and obsess over numbers and rankings, and I’m getting nothing done. I’ve been told, it’s easier to sell if you have multiple titles. Well, that’s what I want to focus on, giving my readers another roller coaster to ride.
So I’m disconnecting, pulling back from the Internet. Not completely. But a lot. I’ll still try to post to my blog on Mondays, but only if I have something important to say. I won’t be around as much, to chat and comment, but I’ll be lurking. I don’t want what I’ve been experiencing to be what publishing is all about for me. I want that feeling I had way back in the beginning, when I sat at my desk, writing my book, living with my characters, creating a brand new world.
My name is
and I am a writer. So watch me write.