For the longest time, I felt I was a failure at being an author. It always seemed to take me forever to get something of significance finished, and what I wrote never felt complete. What in the world was I doing?
Today, I still feel it's taking me the longest to get anything (my novel) finished, but my short stories seem to strike like lightning! I have one short in the hands of the anthology owner currently, while another's being prepared to be shipped over with another publisher. I feel like I'm on fire!
So why do I feel like I'm failing?
My novel is in its third part and I'm practically finished, but it's not enough. I'm not saying it's not worth reading- I just know it needs more in order to be successful. I've stalled and procrastinated so much with it; I just want to get the thing over with, so I can go back and provide the magic to make it what I know it can be. I've been wanting to write The Malignant Soul for years, and now that I'm finally doing it, after all I've accomplished so far, I just want to feel successful. I know, everyone wants the dream and I don't need to whine about it - and I'm not - but I want people to read and love it. Even then, that's not what worries me.
It's the marketing.
What am I going to do with this book once I've finished it? Once it's been read, re-read, and read again and again, then edited and all that good stuff- how do I get it to the world? Will I go on the road, locally? Will I make ads and get it added to other people's sites and such? I haven't a clue!
So this blog is to ask. I've no experience in this area so I'd love to know what other indie authors have done. This is my first novel and I want to make an excellent impression. I don't want to go to a traditional publisher, because I've been burned there, but this new world is terrifying. So what say you, friends? What did you do? What advice do you have for me?
Please, share here or send it in an email. I'd love to hear from you.
Who Am I?
My name's Alyssa and I'm just like you. Within me are stories, looking to be told. I do my best to relay them to the public, as magically as possible.