Marketing is a Necessary Necessity That Will Unnecessarily Necessitate My Necessities

“This is probably the most mature, astute novel of the last half century that I’ve just finished. Me want ice cream.”

Ifin I had my druthers, I’d write all of the time. Alas, knowing this is a virtual impossibility, I’m bound to taking care of all the other stuff that pops up. Of course, I’m speaking within the parameters of writing and its many aspects.

I spend an enormous amount of time on marketing. When I published my first novel, I didn’t realize this milestone was the easy part. With a thousand or so new titles jumping out each day, how do you get your work before the eyes of the public without this valuable tool?

All right, so I know I have to market . . .  what does this mean? Sometimes I wonder if there are as many ways to market a book, as there are books? I know I’m being a bit facetious but there are many methods to employ into your marketing scheme.

My day goes something like this:  In the morning, I’m ready to play. What’s the first game?  Marketing for Money. I try to limit my time to several hours in order to promote my books each day. What’s the next game? Depending on the day, it could be “What’s my Blog” or to keep my website interesting there’s always, “Name that Newsletter.” Every once in a while I’ll slip in, “Support my Short Story.” Then comes the time of day I actually get to work on my latest manuscript. I call this, “Recess.” When done, I usually find I’m satisfied with the day’s work and fired up for tomorrow.

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2 responses to “Marketing is a Necessary Necessity That Will Unnecessarily Necessitate My Necessities

  1. I’ve published one short story so far on Amazon. Im currently working on another and a novel. I’m trying to learn the finer points of marketing. I never realized that being a writer goes way beyond writing. My days use to consist of, “When can I write today?” Now my days consist of, “How and when can I market my short story today?”

    • I know exactly what you’re faced with. Half my time is devoted to marketing and the other half to writing. Try blogger reviews, local newspaper and media outlets, book clubs and even though you probably have, jump on social media with all four feet. Start a website, publish a newsletter, a blog . . . and with your extra time you’ll manage to think of other options. Good luck.

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