Marketing. Writing. Marketing. Writing. It continues to be a balancing act. This week, I’ve been working on marketing The Red Kimono, as well as writing a short story I plan to submit for the upcoming Bigfoot anthology which will be published by High Hill Press. (Click here for more information.)
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Christina Katz discusses the necessity of both promotion and writing in an article posted on The Bellingham Herald website. In the article titled “Changes in the Publishing World Means Writers Must Become More Adept at Self-Promotion,” Ms. Katz states:
Hungry writers who hustle can build up a following in a matter of years, but not sooner than that.
That’s a humbling and true statement.
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The best thing about this post was that it clearly explains that there are other options besides that “pie-in-the-sky” dream of getting “accepted” by a New York publishing house. Besides, as Ms. Parker goes on to say:
After a year of attempting to go “the New York Big Six” publishing route and dealing with rejection on The Red Kimono, I am thrilled that my book is going to be published by the University of Arkansas Press. Also, I’m currently putting together a prequel of sorts to release on Amazon Kindle.
Some of us have to get that “traditional publishing route” out of our systems. I suppose that’s okay, as long as we remember that there are other paths out there.
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What I am saying is this: Try to notice time in your day, even if it’s only 15 minutes, when you are not doing something you enjoy or something you have to do. What time do you already have that you can reuse as writing time?
In other words, Ms. Strawser’s suggestions help you to find writing time in ways that avoid the “guilt” associated with giving up something you enjoy.
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― Maya Angelou