Wednesday, May 6, 2015

IWSG for May 2015

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!

Blog tours, cover reveal, podcast interviews, social media 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.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Jay!
Sorry you are just out of steam right now. Hope fans find the third book, especially if it's the best. (That's how I felt about the third in my series.)
Will give you a shout-out next Monday.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats, Jay! Over $1000 for editing, formatting, and cover art seems like a lot, but that book represents you and it deserves the best.

I think you need a little time to recharge your juice.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

You've got to refill the well, Jay. Easier said than done, I know.

Maybe later on, when you've had some down time and relaxed a bit, you could market the whole trilogy instead of each book, do something fun with that?

Melissa said...

I feel for you, Jay. The ups and downs of being an author are tough. Sales of my debut have really dwindled, but I've set aside promotion, too, for now. I'm just focusing on getting book two done. I'll put the marketing steam behind it all when that releases.

When you get some time, shoot me an email or a PM on FB. I'd like to get some autographed copies of your other books to complete the set. ;)

IWSG #134 until Alex culls the list again.

Jay Noel said...

Alex: That would be great. Thanks!

Diane: I'm just going to focus on the big con I'm going to in a couple weeks. Maybe that will get me recharged.

Madeline: I've thought about that. Definitely it helps to have the complete set done.

Melissa: Sounds great. Thanks!

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Congratulations on the book release! I feel like after A to Z and getting that book done right, you probably deserve a break too :) Also, I just looked up your books on Amazon. I love the covers, and I love the Asian steampunk idea. I think I'll browse some more... :D

@TarkabarkaHolgy from
Multicolored Diary

Chrys Fey said...

I'm sorry that you're running out of steam and aren't promoting your last book because of it. I have every Friday in July available if you want to be a guest on my blog. You can check the "Be My Guest" tab on my blog to see what I host and email me if you're interested. :)

Pat Hatt said...

A little R and R seems to be in order at your sea. But then the crummy 9-5 can sure put a damper on that. Sometimes not caring can work out to ones advantage though, gets rid of any stress at the very least

Jennifer Hawes said...

I felt that way with my first book. It's hard to promote even when you have a publisher! I've tried to do my best on every social media outlet known to man, but sometimes you just have to "let it go!" If i hear that song one more time, I'm going to throw a book at someone:-)

Melanie Schulz said...

Congrats Jay! And I know just how you feel. I haven't written anything real for a month.

Jay Noel said...

Zalka: I think your posts on epic stories and mine on myth went pretty well together.

Chrys: For sure I'll have to take you up on that!

Patt: Yes. And my 9-5 isn't 9-5 exactly. It's more like 7-6 at times. It's crazy.

Jennifer: That song drives me crazy, but there's a lot of truth in it.

Jay Noel said...

Melanie: I miss writing, but it takes the right mindset to get in that mode.

Pat Dilloway said...

Good luck with your release!

Anne Marie J. Schlueter said...


Sorry, I couldn't help it. Congratulations on your book! Regardless of how you're feeling about it, it really is a great accomplishment. I look forward to reading it! As you know, you can't change your feelings and mindset and circumstances...but it's all there for a reason. I'm sure that what is meant to come from this book will certainly be. I feel like I tell myself (I'm a major control freak) "let go and let God" about five hundred times a day. He's in control, we're not. So I try to let Him be God, so I can just be me. There is something so peaceful about trusting in that.

Good luck with all your endeavors, writing and work wise! And I'm sure that you'll be inspired exactly when you are meant to be inspired =)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I sometimes feel that way when I have a new book coming out. Promotion can feel like spitting in the ocean. On the other hand, writing the next book is the best thing to promote the first one. Congrats on the release.

Robin said...

Are you a person who prays? I feel kinda stupid for not knowing this already:(

If you are, then I would start praying that your personal well be filled. That you find a way or ways to recharge your own battery. If you belong to a church family, I would ask to be put on the prayer list, so that others can be praying for you. I would also pray for God to show you how best to direct what energy you do have in marketing. And/or that God creates the situation that your book markets itself.

In the meantime, I'll add you to MY prayer list for God to work in your life in the way that benefits you MOST.

My personal tank has been feeling low, too. I think I need to start praying for myself in much the same way!

Hang in there, my friend.

David P. King said...

I saw your announcement on FB, congrats on the release of your new book! I'll do my part to spread the word. As to the fumes, I think we're in the same boat. Perfectly okay to know your tank is empty and you need time to refuel. You've got this, Jay! :)

Loni Townsend said...

Congrats on your release! I hope your tank refills with steam and you have enough to keep on going. :)

Stephen Tremp said...

Jay, glad to hear when people spend $$$ for a project they're passionate about. I've reached the four digit number with each of my four books, the editing being the largest chunk.

Good luck with Iron Warrior!

Stephen Tremp
IWSG Co-host

Sarah Foster said...

Congrats on the release! Maybe it would be best just to take a breather, especially if the day job is taking up a lot of your time. Maybe in a month or so you'll have some more time and energy to focus on marketing.

Cherie Reich said...

Congrats on the new book! And promoting takes a TON of energy. With it being the third book, hopefully the first two will do the promoting for you. :)

Haneen I. Adam said...

Yea I know that feeling, it gives a reveres result sometimes, I hope this happens in your case. Congrats on your release day :)

Jo said...

So sorry you are feeling so wiped out at the moment Jay. From all I read, writing books and marketing them is very hard work and I can see why you feel you haven't the energy to do any more. Why don't you take time off from blogging, writing, anything to do with books until you can get yourself back in the right frame of mind.

farawayeyes said...

I think that sometimes 'Letting it Go' is a good thing. It's not really giving up, as some might think, but, at least for me, more like turning it over to a Higher Power and letting it soar into the universe on it's own merits. Often, I push too hard to make things happen and end up drained and sometimes even running in the wrong direction.

I'm a real believer in filling our own tank (emotions and spiritual) first before we can give the fuel and energy needed to others, either persons or inanimate objects like our words in print.

Hand in there and give yourself what you need.

Patricia Lynne said...

Congrats on the release. With book 2 in my novella series, I was a bit out of steam. It took a lot of effort to muster energy to get some marketing and promotion done. At least once you regain some energy, you can work on promotion. We'll call it release day part two. ;)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Congrats on your release, Jay! I felt that way with Book 2 of The Champion Trilogy and many of my smaller projects. Now, I'm slowing down blogging for a few months with the hopes of picking up some energy from the summer months and jumping into a bigger release for book three, which I also hope will be my best. :)
BTW - I posted a tiny shout-out for your book today, and I'll try to remember to write a review when I finish reading it. I think you're an amazing author, and I'll just keep telling others in the hopes that it helps.

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Those stinkin' jobs. They do burn the life out of us (at times) Congrats on the release though. I'll tweet ya straight from Amazon right now.


Cynthia said...

Congratulations on getting your third book out! It seems like a lot of bloggers I visited in these past few days are feeling burnt out, so you're in good company.

When you travel for work, do you ever have time to scout out the local indie bookstores, bookstores that might be able to carry your books? I was just thinking of a way for you to mix in a teeny tiny bit of book promotion with your demanding day job.

Lexa Cain said...

Congrats on your new release! Great cover! I think becoming more blase with subsequent releases is inevitable. I've released a novel and a short story, and for the novel at least I put in countless hours promo-ing before hand and lining up reviewers, book bloggers, etc. It did not pay off. I put less energy into the short story, but the results were the same. I'll be pubbing another short this weekend, and I'm doing zero promotion. Its hard to dredge up the energy, and I'm tired of putting energy into promo-ing instead of working on my WIP. I hope you re-find your energy and the will to write. Have a great weekend!

Vanessa Morgan said...

Congratulations on your new release. Just like Lexa says, it's difficult to get sales, even if you're doing lots of promotional activities. If you only reach thousands of people, it's not enough. I think you need to reach at least a million to get some results. I didn't do any promotion for my last short story, but I'm putting in a lot of effort for my new book. Because it's about a subject that is very dear to me (my cat), I want to give it the attention that cat deserves.

Mr. Shife said...

Well first off congrats on getting the last book out there and for accomplishing this because not everyone can say they are best-selling author. Hang in there, buddy, and maybe right now just enjoy your accomplishment until you get the tanks charged again.

Kimberly said...

Congrats on your newest release! Hopefully things slow down for you so you have a breather and can think about your writing again. :)

G. B. Miller said...

I can definitely sympathize with that. It's tough pimping a book when you don't have the time. I'm a couple of paid ads on Facebook (as well as my blogs) and I'm hoping it will: #1 generate pre-orders and #2 generate sales (I'm putting my previous one on sale for a few days).

Best of luck to you.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

You are a perfectionist, and it shows in all of your work. I hope that this book sells a ton for you, Jay. You work so hard and your stories are incredible.

cube said...

Take some time off and allow the writing batteries to recharge. The Writer Warrior will emerge when its ready. Good luck.

cleemckenzie said...

I hear you on the steam aspect. But your work will continue to be out there and discovered, so don't beat yourself up.

Mark Noce said...

So long as you're making forward progress, you're doing good:) Better than having no book out at all, right?

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

congrats on the release and hang in there! Inspiration tends to hit when you least expect it!

Milo James Fowler said...
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Milo James Fowler said...

Letting go and seeing what happens might surprise you. I go through bursts of promoting and marketing, but I have to devote the majority of my time to teaching during the school year, writing whenever I have a chance. You've probably already thought of this, but making the first installment free will do your marketing for you, driving readers toward the other two books.

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