The last couple of months where I have been busy editing and learning / workshopping some new indie marketing skills, have been hard on my confidence levels. I’ve been pushing myself to move forward with the editing – which would always be a difficult task in itself. But I’ve found myself using every excuse in the book to NOT open up my draft and edit. I’ve been learning, paying attention to facebook, more learning, networking on different websites and communities, and thinking about business plans going forward. These are things that I should be doing – before launching a book, but they also gift me the ability of procrastination on the important task of getting that book ready.
Also, in spite of picking up some good ideas, spending time with other indie authors going through book launches, asking marketing questions – it all can work as a discouragement. There are SO many of us out there. I try not to allow myself to think of everyone else as a competitor – they’re not. I fully support indie authors I believe in, and know logically that each of us has or must find our own readerships. We are not competitors at all. But it becomes an easy thing to do, when I go onto twitter and are spammed constantly by authors who have friended me just to sell me their own book – over and over again, which technically, I just don’t have the time to read anyway. My monkey brain kicks in, and I get all fretful about how many books there are out there.
Trying to come up with marketing plans for my own is an easy way to slow down the actual editing process. Subconsciously I know that if I don’t edit, I don’t move one step closer to actually having to publish and market the book. My fear is getting in the way, but the best gurus tell me to do whatever makes you the most fearful. So I am.
These are huge steps for me, part of the writing and growing process. Thanks for allowing me to share some of that with you.
Goals-wise, I’m continuing with my plans for the week, and clearing up some training exercises, and also putting in a few hours on edits. So, not all bad.
My next post will put my thoughts on Indie, Trad or Hybrid routes.