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December 22, 2009

I Have Been Remiss

Filed under: On Writing and Publishing — marchbooks @ 5:08 pm
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Sorry for the long absence. Things have been absolutely INSANE here and the month has flown by on the wings of a hummingbird. Three days from Christmas and I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that it is no longer September. Have you seen that commercial, you know the one, the BING commercial that shows different people in the grip of information overload? Well, that is my life these days.

With a to-do list that seems to grow exponentially every time I cross something off of it, the holidays bearing down on me like an uncaged panther and another ‘real-world’ job that is making greater demands on me by the day (the bills have to be paid until this publishing gig takes off, after all), I find myself frantically wondering if I have made a mistake. Something (or a couple of somethings) had to give. One of them was the blog – I hope you understand.

It seems that I am losing the ability to prioritize. There are so many things vying for my attention these days. There is networking to be done; writers’ groups, publisher’s groups and the occasional talk to groups of those aspiring to be one or the other. The next two titles on the March Books list are banging louder and louder for attention – ‘edit us’, ‘format us’, ‘proofread us’, ‘get us some covers’ and ‘GET US PUBLISHED’. Meanwhile, I work on one of the half-dozen eFormats for our first two releases. Gone are the days when we could just hand over the PDF file and be done with it. Now Kindle needs a version, the Nook needs a separate version and I (insane as I am) stay married to the idea of offering a flipbook version from our website. But, this is all the fun stuff.

Then, there is the marketing. God save me from the marketing. But, if he did, what would be the point of publishing? If no one knows about the books, why even bother? And so, I continue to look for new ways to market our books to bookstores and libraries, to wrap my head around SEO and the power of the internet (Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Blog Spot, Book Blogger, WritersCafe, Writing.com and about two dozen others – heck, who am I kidding, I can’t even remember all of the writing, reading and blogging sites that I have joined) and keep putting our name out there until the magic number has been reached when our audience will take the step of buying our books. Then, of course, there is the grass-roots movement – actually getting into local businesses and hawking the books, talking to local groups and scheduling book signings – Yikes! Let us not forget the reams of ongoing research on how to design, how to format, how to edit, how to market, publicize and sell your book. The intricacies of dealing with Amazon alone would keep me busy for a month.

Is it any wonder that I have found myself paralyzed by indecision? What to do next? I don’t know the answer to that question. For now, it is enough to be blogging. Then the holidays and the hope that 2010 will bring a new calm and sanity to an otherwise insane endeavor.

Wish me luck,
elizabeth

www.marchbooks.com

The Little Insanity
Nightsweats in Bigelow Hollow

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