There has never been a time in my life when I've felt as overwhelmed and behind as I do now. Even with four children going twelve different directions when they were home and in sports, clubs, and going to school and I had a part time job, I didn't feel like I was floundering like I do now.
I was told once the children leave the nest, you have more time. Not so for me. That's when I picked up the writing gauntlet and charged full steam ahead to try my hand at becoming a published author. I made the published part and am still trying to feel like an author and not a writer.
As a reader, how much publicity or what kind brings you to an author you've never read before? Every time I hear about a new place to put up my books either for sale or for promotion I feel like I should do that, but there goes a day of writing.Then there are blogs. My own and the group blogs I feel will attract more readers to my writing. That takes my time away from my WIP(work in progress). And all the other promotion "fun" I think up takes time.
I've attended two reader conferences and haven't noticed any correlation to sales from those. So I'm thinking not worth my time and money even though they were fun. I teach at several writer conferences. I like helping other writers as I was helped. And they usually allow us to sell books and some pay for a night or two of the motel rooms or a free entry to the conference.
So readers, I ask again, how does an author get noticed in the millions of books out there? Any ideas or suggestions? I need to narrow my publicity down to a more manageable level. Or should I go with the most common piece of advice I've been told, "Just write the next book"? I'm thinking that may be my motto for 2014 and not do any publicity just to get a couple of series finished and to see if not doing anything but writing does more for me than all the other hoopla that takes me away from writing.
Next year watch for the third Isabella Mumphrey book and the next two books in the upcoming Halsey Trilogy.