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Blog tours, cover reveal, podcast interviews, social media campaigns...so many different ways to market and promote my latest release.
And yet, I'm not doing ANY of it.
On Monday, Iron Warrior, the third book in my Asian-inspired steampunk series, The Mechanica Wars, became available on Amazon and B&N (iTunes coming soon), and all I did was post about it on Facebook to my friends and family.
Why am I not cranking the marketing machine for this final volume in this trilogy? I just don't have the will. It's not just about insecurity, which is usually my best friend in this 'ol writing career o' mine. I've run out of steam. It takes effort to promote, and I have nothing in the tank.
It's really sad, because I feel like Iron Warrior is the best book out of all three.
My day job is demanding, and right now, it's sapping my time and energy. I'll be out of town all next week. Once again in June. Not to mention all the regional travel and overnights I do on a daily basis.
Iron Warrior is a BIG book. 428 pages. 105,000 words. It cost me quite a bit to have it edited, proofread, and formatted. This was my most expensive project to date, and the total cost reached four digits. Ouch. It's my fault, as I'm a perfectionist, and I never settle for second-best. But dang!
Because I've been running on fumes the last couple months, my writing has taken a nose-dive. I think the last time I felt like writing something new was back in February. Back when there was snow on the ground.
I'm usually in a constant state of anxiety, excitement, and insecurity with a new release. This time, I'm too tired to actually care. Maybe that's a good thing. I've been reading up on the Power of Intention and how detachment can help you manifest what you want.
To quote a Disney Movie I hear at least twice a day inside pediatricians' waiting rooms, I'm going to "Let it Go."
Let go and let God.