Sunday, October 7, 2018

How Did It Become October?

I know these posts are getting old, but I didn't mean to stay away from blogging for over two months. Job hunting was intense, and I was also nursing my daughter back to health. Good news is, we're all good! She didn't need a skin graft, and she went through some painful physical therapy to minimize scarring. We will watch fireworks from a distance from now on.

Two weeks ago, I actually received two job offers, so I had to choose between Job #1 that paid very well in a traditional sales rep role (that came with a company car), or Job #2 that paid less, but provided a way for me to get out of the rat race.

So I went with Job #2. You can't put a price on sanity and quality of life.

I just got back from a brand new con in Southern IL, and I had a blast. I didn't sell a lot of books, but I sold enough to cover costs. I also attended an opening of a brand new fandom/comic book store. I got to meet new customers, hang out with awesome people, and I did sell and sign some books!

Anyhoo, being around other authors always gets my brain thinking about the things I'm doing well and the things I'm not doing well at all.

Here's my personal assessment of my writing career:

1) My dedicated readers are fantastic. At the con, I had a young man shake my hand so hard, I thought he'd dislocate my shoulder. He said he loved my books. He even wanted to create an RPG campaign in my steampunk world. I have a small following who are dedicated and help me find fulfillment in my writing.

2) I suck at marketing. Terribly. And what's worse is that I work in sales and marketing! I don't much about Amazon AMS, Facebook Ads, newsletters, street teams, etc. I'm clueless and therefore, ineffective. I've just started to reach out to others who've had success in marketing their books in the hopes of gleaning one or two nuggets of knowledge.

3) I really enjoy meeting people at events and conventions. I feel that's where I shine. I might not know how to tweak a Facebook Ad, but I know how to have great conversations with fellow book-lovers. Face to face is definitely my sweetspot.

4) Thank Zeus for NaNoWriMo. It's kicked my butt over the years, but it's forced me to be productive. So of course, I'm doing it again this year.

5) Did I mention I suck at marketing???

9 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Getting out of the rat race sounds like the best plan.
Glad your daughter is doing better. May she continue to heal.
Marketing books constantly changes anyway. You've done something right if you've reach people who want to RPG your charcters and stories.

Pat Dilloway said...

Congratulations on the new job. Having dedicated readers must be nice. An RPG would be cool. And good luck on Nano

Pat Hatt said...

Ugg to stupid marketing. I can do it, but I hate it so I don't haha Congrats on the new job. No rat race is a win.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

With marketing, you have to find a couple things that work and focus on them and then be willing to change when it no longer works. DLP is constantly evolving how we market.

Congrats on the new job and the con. We are in love with attending cons now.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Yeh for choosing Job #2! Wishing you all the best with it. :)

Loyal readers are what it's all about it. I'm incredibly grateful for mine.

jagbir said...

Usually, I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I never stop myself to say something about it. You’re doing a great job Man. Best article I have ever read

Keep it up!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Sanity is golden!!

I stink at marketing too. It's such a drag. I also love book events. Readers are the best and brightest kind of people.

Loni Townsend said...

I love hearing about your fans. It brings a huge smile to my face.

I'm a lot like you where I do much better selling myself in person. It seems much easier to build a relationship, even if it's short term, with a bit of eye-contact and a smile. It's tough to do the same thing with an advertisement.

Julie Flanders said...

Oh wow, I'm sorry about your daughter's injury. How scary. So glad she is okay!!
And congrats on your new job. Sounds like you found a good one. Like Loni I smiled reading about your fans too. You are clearly doing something right.

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