Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Insecure Writer's Support Group, A New Year Brings New Insecurities



It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month.

Publishing my debut novel in December has been an incredible learning experience. Some cool things that happened since then:


1) Dragonfly Warrior went as high as #39 on Amazon's Best Seller's List for Science Fiction/Steampunk


2) I got to hand deliver personalized and signed paperbacks of my book to old friends. It was great to visit with some people that I haven't seen in a long time


3) My book was put on the shelves of a great bookstore here in town


4) My kids have been incredibly proud of me. This one has affected me the most. My youngest got a betta fish for Christmas, and he named his new pet after one of my characters!


But, when there's highs, there's also lows in this business.


1) After all my friends/family bought, nobody else did. My rankings dropped faster than the temperature from the polar vortex slamming into the Midwest


2) I worry constantly what everyone thinks of my book. Just the old fears and insecurities tend to resurface every one in awhile


3) I didn't prepare very well for the marketing/promotional side of all of this, so I'm scrambling to get some of that put in place


4) I've got some lofty goals this year - namely to finish THREE big projects. I lose sleep wondering if I've set the bar too high for myself


The big thing I've got going for me is all of your support. Your comments and emails have been my crutch. My outlook is also brighter after one of you reaches out to me to offer some encouragement and a helping hand.


So a big THANK YOU from me to you. 2014 is going to be a great year, and I look forward to continuing on this adventure.



30 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You may have missed some of the launch marketing opportunities, but it's an ongoing thing, so there is still plenty of time. Just takes a little push each day.
And your kids being proud of you is really, really awesome.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Marketing is a marathon not a sprint. Just keep momentum going and it will happen.

River Fairchild said...

I think the main thing is keep writing and love what you're doing. Sales seem to have dropped for most of the people I know. It's hard to let go of the worries about your baby but it'll get easier as you add more projects. :)

River – IWSG Co-host
Seasoned With Words

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I just love the fact that your youngest named his fish after one of your characters!

When I self published my flash fiction collection, I tried to view it all as a learning experience - what worked, what didn't, what I would do differently, etc. It really helped/helps put it in perspective. :)

DEZMOND said...

there's nothing better than your kids being proud of you, Jay

David P. King said...

Maybe this will make your day: guess what came in the mail yesterday? ;)

Tony Laplume said...

Book signings. You're in a store already. Arrange a book signing next!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Give your book a little time to catch on, my friend. It is one of the best I've ever read. I'm sure it will find its audience.

cleemckenzie said...

Congratulations on getting that book out there. You should feel very proud of that. It takes time build your audience, so don't give up. If I can help, let me know in an email.

Rusty Carl said...

I'm only about 100 pages in so far. But unless things fall off of a cliff in your story - you've got something amazing going on. I think the world will figure it out one way or another. Michael's right. It'll catch on. Might just take a bit for word to spread.

Eric Buffington said...

That is so great that your son named his fish after a character in your book. To me that's the big win here. I think you're on a great track for success! Keep it up!

Cherie Reich said...

Happy New Year!

Can't wait to read your book, Jay! And ebooks are forever (or as long as the retailers are around), so it has plenty of time to find new readers. :)

Emily R. King said...

I don't know what it's like to watch how my book is performing, but I can only imagine how nerve-wracking it must be. I'm sure you'll figure out the marketing side of it, Jay. Because your book is amazing!

Robin said...

My goal is still to devote my Monday or Tuesday post to All Things Writing (when I have a guest post or something to say about it). So, if you would like to write a post about some aspect of writing, email me at rarrichards68 at gmail dot com. You can also provide links to how readers can purchase Dragonfly Warrior.

mooderino said...

It's a process and you're in the middle of it. The important thing is to keep moving forward and keep learning (and share some of what you find out with the rest of us).

mood
Moody Writing

farawayeyes said...

Seeing your book on the shelves of a local bookstore - PRICELESS!

You've already overcome so much in bringing this book to us, just hang in there. slow steady progress is all it really takes. I really believe it will happen for you. going to start reading it soon.

readfaced said...

Congrats on getting your book out there. That is a HUGE step. I'm hoping to take that plunge soon myself. Leanne ( http://readfaced.wordpress.com/ )

D.V. Sheppard said...

Well congrats on your success! While I'm sure you didn't expect everything to go perfectly I can appreciate that it's still a bummer to realize you could have done things better. However, this is merely the beginning and I imagine you will out only be able to have better and better successes as you continue on your way. After all, getting to this point says a lot about who you are, and if you ask me, it sounds like you have what it take. Good luck and good cheer to you!

Cindy said...

Marketing is a continual effort for us little people. I think it's better to just keep writing and getting reviews until you have at least 3 books out because after every promo the sales always drop off.

Lexa Cain said...

You and everyone else, Jay. That's the way the debut-novel cookie crumbles. Good luck with the new 3 projects. That's really the only way to market --> just keep writing new books.

Trisha F said...

It's a brave thing you did, putting the book out there! But yeah, I get the impression marketing is pretty well essential. ;) I know that the book was all over the place back when it was released - I remember it well. :D

Seems that 2014 is gonna be a big year for you, and that is a great thing. Bring it on, I say!

Tammy Theriault said...

You know we always have your back...and man that was just proof, right? And guess what?? We know good books!! Never stress, if you need help in anyway doing promoting...I GOT YOUR BACK, DOG!!

Miranda Hardy said...

Jay, you've already accomplished quite a bit. The marketing is hard, but you'll learn what works and what doesn't.

Chemist Ken said...

Nothing wrong with settle too high of goals. Just don't beat yourself up if you don't quite get there. Congratulations on Dragonfly Warrior.

Cynthia said...

Congrats on having your book out. What a neat cover! Authors with a book out for the first time can experiment with different ways to market and promote their work. Hosting a contest and offering a critique, writing an article in an industry journal, and offering to speak at a conference or other publishing event are just some ideas I've come up with off the top of my head. Good luck!

Veronica Sicoe said...

Love the honesty.

HANG IN THERE.

It'll be alright, you'll see. You just keep doing what you love. :)

Mr. Shife said...

Focus on the highs, buddy. You have a lot to be proud of and you have accomplished quite a bit with your book. The other stuff will take care of itself. Don't sweat the small stuff. Enjoy your weekend, Jay.

Jay Noel said...

Thanks everyone. I'm putting some things in place to help get the word out. The feedback I've gotten back from READERS has been encouraging, especially the reviews from those that normally don't read any speculative fiction at all.

It's good for me to vent, and IWSG has been my therapy!

Morgan said...

I'm proud of you, Jay. To me, you're living the dream. Look where you are and what you've done. Definitely more brave than I am. :)

David List said...

I'm sorry I'm so late coming by..
I was glad to read all your good news... Then unhappy to read all the downer stuffs!!

I didn't prepare much for the marketing side of my book release either but I still have some time to do it. I better get a plan in place

I wish for the best for the debut of your writing career, bro. Try to ride out the highs and ignore the lows. It's all up to you.

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