Congratulations to us all and most especially to our Ninja Captain for starting the IWSG blog for us insecure types. Today marks it’s one year anniversary!! Toddling steps and now look at us, contributing to a guide we can all use! Thank you Alex for all that you do for us… and to all your co-hosts throughout the year.
I have much to write about this month, but won’t make this post long, I promise. I’m nervous, excited, hesitant and jubilant because I’ve finished my “former” work in progress. Now I’m getting the book formatted, getting the cover tweaked, hoping against hope all will be done before I go to the writer’s conference I’m attending on the 24 of this month. Arg! Still, if I must choose something to be nervous or concerned about, this is it. The first draft of the next novel is already on my computer, thanks to NaNoWriMo last year and I can’t wait to get started on it. But before I can indulge one thing must come first, the “dreadful” —and I do dread it—marketing of the finished product. I so wish I could just hire someone to do it all for me.
Oh well. The trials of the writer’s life. Like I said before, if I have to choose something to be upset over, this is it. Because it all comes back to writing, doesn’t it? This novel has taken SO LONG for me to get right or at least as right as I can make it. I’m glad it’s done, and I'm glad to move on. But I don’t want to go too fast and overlook something important that I will regret later. So, I’m staying in low gear. This novel obviously listened to the Pointer Sisters when it came to needing a “slow hand!” Thanks for dropping by.
Congrats on finishing, and I'm sure your book will be a success at the conference. Give yourself a day or two to relish the achievement before obsessing over a new set of charcters ;0ReplyDelete
Hi Lisa - each book has to go through its various routes ... and if you've got one champing at the bit in the background then that will move you on with the marketing, be it slow ... first few times it will be - but you are moving on and that's the main thing - cheers HilaryReplyDelete
I'm thrilled for you, Lisa! Way to go! Your book looks intriguing, but I could only briefly scan your preview above. I'll be back. I'm spending the day as an IWSG co-host hopping from one great blog to another. Good luck at your conference! And revel in your joyful present right now ~ What an accomplishment!ReplyDelete
I have heard very few good stories about hiring out the marketing end of writing--unless, of course, you're Mark Greaney or his ilk. I can only speculate that marketing has become too personal. Short of massive ads on TV and the newspapers, it's social media.ReplyDelete
Good luck with this step!
Congratulations on finishing another novel! And enjoy that writers conference! I just got back from one a couple weeks ago, and I am still on a writing "high." It is so fun to meet other people who obsess about writing as much as we do!ReplyDelete
So nice to meet you through the IWSG, Lisa! :)
Oh my gosh, you are in such an exciting place in your writing journey. I'm so happy for you! I'm with you on the dreading the upcoming marketing. I still don't know what I'm going to do when my WIP comes back from CP. Good luck!!ReplyDelete
Unfortunately we have to do a lot of that marketing ourselves.ReplyDelete
Hope you get it done before the conference!
YAY!!!!!! You hit the finish line!!! I know exactly how you feel. I never feel my books are good enough, and I take so long editing. I dislike the promotion aspect, and also wish someone could do it for me. I agree with dolorah, you should take time to relax and soak it all in before beginning again. You'll do great at the conference!!! Good Luck!!!ReplyDelete
Thank you for visiting my blog site today, Lisa. Congratulations on completing your novel and moving it out of the WIP column! Best of success with the marketing process . . . ah, the time-consuming part of writing.ReplyDelete
Congrats on finishing your book and good luck at the conference.ReplyDelete
Great to visit as a co-host of IWSG this month.
Congratulations! How wonderful to reach your goal, AND to have another project ready to work on! Best wishes at the conference.ReplyDelete
Well done on finishing your novel AND already having the next one to work on! (Yes, I've just realised I practically copied the comment above. I didn't mean to, I am an individual really :-) )ReplyDelete
Way to go, Lisa. I bet you feel great. Enjoy the wonderful feeling. Thanks for visiting my blog.ReplyDelete
Look at you Lisa...Congrats!! I'm sure everything is going to go off just fine! Good luck at the conference; I'll be there with you in spirit! Hugs. EvaReplyDelete
And we still have more boxes of wine and champagne to celebrate each milepost on this process of getting published. You know we'll be there to support you and cheer you up too. Hopefully the book will be ready for that conference. All dwarves are crossing fingers, and so is the dragon! Dragon Hugs!ReplyDelete
Congrats on finishing. Marketing may not be fun at times, but give your dream everything you got.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on finishing your book. What an accomplishment. Be sure to celebrate.ReplyDelete
Marketing isn't my favourite things to do as a writer as well, but taking it one step at a time really helps (and being organised). Have fun at the conference.ReplyDelete
Congrats on completing your novel. Conferences are so much fun.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on finishing your book! The pace you choose--no matter how slow you may think it is--is a step towards something. And that--in itself--is something to be happy about. Every little step matters. Good luck with your marketing plan!ReplyDelete
yay!! I'm sure it'll all be crazy good!ReplyDelete
Congratulations! It's a wonderful feeling to be in the last stages of getting a book ready for publication. And well I know about how long things can take... Keep at it. Have fun at the conference!ReplyDelete
Congrats on finishing your novel. Good luck with the marketing process. And best wishes for the conference on the 24th of this month.ReplyDelete
Sounds like some exciting things ahead for you. A pro PR person would be nice to have, but the marketing might not be as bad as you anticipate. It's another adventure!ReplyDelete
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Oh, congratulations on finishing and moving from "in progress" to finished work!! That's wonderful and I'm so excited for you. Yay!ReplyDelete
I suck at marketing too. Good luck.ReplyDelete
Congrats on completing! All the best with the next stage, marketing!ReplyDelete
Hello there. Wishing you all the best with your next endeavour. Congratulations too on completing the A-Z Challenge! Stopping by from the Road Trip.ReplyDelete
You are all so wonderful with your comments. Thank you for your words of encouragement!!!ReplyDelete