Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September IWSG - A Sea of Confusion

Insecure Writer's Support Group Time!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

I hope you've had a great last couple of weeks. It's been awhile since I've had anything longer than a two week hiatus, and it feels so weird to not be blogging or visiting other blogs for that long. I'm glad to be back.

My brain hurts. I filled it with white papers, peer reviewed studies, allergen antibodies, sensitization, IgE antibodies, asthma, non-allergic rhinitis, and all kinds of other fun stuff. I spent A LOT of time with the same 10 people for two straight weeks. Here's what I've learned.

1) It's weird being the old guy in the group. I was the only one older than 35.
2) It's weird being the only non-military in the group. The other guys were ex-Marines and Army soldiers. Two West Point Graduates. They had great stories, but I was already the old guy, and then to be the non-soldier guy...yeah. You get the picture.
3) Kalamazoo is a real place. For reals. It's not a made up city like Xanadu.

So this month, I'm feeling a little insecure about the day job. It's still medical sales, but it's just a lot of technical information. It's fascinating, but like I said, I don't think my brain can hold any more.

As far as my writing is concerned, that front is even more hectic. My sequel to Dragonfly Warrior is delayed yet again. Originally, the publication date was to be next week. Looks like that's not going to happen.

My other project with Miranda Hardy, Death Knocks, is really bringing up all those fears of not being able to market. Two heads might be better than one, but this is more of a case of the blind leading the blind. I've got some author events coming up, and it will be an uphill battle to get Death Knocks and Shadow Warrior ready for these shows. But beyond that, I'm not exactly a big marketing whiz.

What worked just three years ago seems to not be so great these days. I'm not big on blog tours. Remember when that was all the rage? I'm not too keen on it. Even cover reveals seem to be more fun for the author than for the readers. So yeah, I'm at a loss.

I might be old, but I'm not too wise on this marketing-thing.

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Deep breath! Sounds like you just need a brain break. It will all come together, Jay.

Miranda Hardy said...

It looks like we have a lot of the same fears this month. Sorry that the job is taking so much out of you. It'll get better!

Melanie Schulz said...

I hate marketing, too. Basically, I'm hoping people will miraculously pick up my books, love them, and tell everyone they know about them. That could work, right? :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Ah, yes, I remember when I was the youngest person in the room....

You can only do so much, Jay. We have to accept that some things just will not get done. That's something I'm learning myself. Hang in there!

Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

Suzanne Sapsed said...

I must admit I don't join in many blog hops - there's only so much you can say/read on the same subject on every blog. However, I took part in one at the start of the year where you were asked to come up with your own hero like in the story. That was fun because it was interesting reading everyone's thoughts. It was the Moonless release by Crystal Collier so I don't think blog reveals are dead, you just need to think of a novel (sorry!) way to promote it :) x

L. Diane Wolfe said...

There are a lot of things you can do besides a blog tour. If you need some ideas, shoot me an email. Don't let the delays get you down though.

jaybird said...

It sounds like you have had too much time to think. Sometimes our brains need to decompress and take a vacation. (This is coming from someone who can't sleep because I can't get my brain to shut off!!) Take a walk, get away, clear your head. It can make all the difference in the world. (At least to me.)

I am of the mind set that there is much to be learned from the oldest person in the room. Life experience is priceless!

David P. King said...

Looking forward to both of these books. And you know, sometimes you can't rush art. It's possible that the lure of blog tours waning, but it's not the only way to promote. Lots of us here are willing to do that on the drop of a bat for you. You're awesome Jay! I should know. I've seen your awesomeness in person. :)

Samuel Bledsoe said...

You've been busy. Like, real busy, and not just "I've been busy, but really I've been sitting on the couch" busy. Just, keep it up, I guess? Contrary to popular belief, aneurisms don't help writing.

Sarah Foster said...

Marketing does seem kind of daunting, but try to have fun with it! And breathe.

Cynthia said...

Ahem, I don't consider being over 35 old. =)
Sometimes I take notes when I'm getting a lot of information so it takes off the pressure of me having to keep everything in my head.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Good luck Jay and it could be worse being than being the one over 35. In 2012 I got a July Summer Job when in that group I was the only one older than 16-18. I was 27. Yup the connections kinda went haywire on that one. Thank God the business place allowed me to have contact with older people as well but the teens weren't bad company either. Best of luck with your writing dilemma. IWSG Co-Host

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Marketing, the publisher's evil side kick. I agree the Blog Tour are not as exciting as they use to be, so it's time to change them up.

Melissa said...

Well, I'm wayyyy over 35. LOL Gotcha beat. :P

I agree with you about the cover reveals and tours (unless their very fresh and clever). You'll see softer releases from me in the future.

G. B. Miller said...

I'm like the previous commenter in that I'm just a step under 50, so you should see the blank stares that I get whenever I have to explain pop culture that is pre-2005.

Anywho, you're probably right that cover reveals are more for the author than the reader, although with a cover reveal, at least you have something tangible to show everyone about your current writing project, as opposed to just talking about it.

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