I once read an interview with Jodi Picoult, the bestselling and very prolific author known for her novels about family, love, and moral relativity. Picoult was talking about her writing process, and added that, “When I don’t write for a few days I get predictably crabby.” Sound familiar? As I’m sure many of you could attest, once you’ve been bitten by the writing bug, you don’t want to do anything else. Of course, not everyone has the luxury to write whenever they want; most authors hold day “day jobs” while writing their books.
Nowadays, with the bulk of the marketing responsibility sitting firmly on the writer’s shoulders, many find themselves juggling several full-time jobs: marketing one book, writing the next (hopefully), and working that pesky day job. This topic (namely, writer overload) is often discussed on Aspects of Writing—a radio show about all things authoring. There are always several great takeaways from the show, and this week was no different. The guests were discussing their marketing techniques, and while they each have their personal style, the consensus was that marketing can be tougher than writing the book itself. The takeaway this week: Do not let a tough marketing week affect your writing. If your sales are less than stellar, do not let that discouragement spill over into what you are creating for the future. Get out your outline, notes, or vision board and remind yourself why you were inspired to write the book in the first place!
Happy September, everyone, and as always, happy writing!
Writer and editor, Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services
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