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Marketing is, I have learned, an incredibly important part of being an author. I had thought I could spend all my time writing…eight hours a day of it, every day. I was wrong.
I spend probably half my day promoting my books. According to something I learned from a Joanna Penn podcast, fifty percent of my day should be marketing. (Joanna Penn is a very successful author and podcaster, who shares all manner of wonderful information to help us all succeed.)
Back up the train, you say….fifty percent of your day should be marketing? Yes, fifty. That seems like a lot of time, and it is, to be honest. And it’s not easy time, either. Like many others, I have difficulty promoting myself. It has gotten much easier, though my skin is still not as thick as it really should be.
You might be wondering how exactly I market that it takes up half my day. For starters, there is social media. I have accounts at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and MeWe. Granted, I have yet to do much with Pinterest, and while I have MeWe chat open all the time, I have not done much with that platform, either. However, I am on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pretty regularly. My favorite is Instagram, because it’s not all about my books. It’s more about me and my writing life; my most often used hashtag is #mywritinglife, as a matter of fact.
Besides interacting on social media, I spend time creating graphics…memes and ads and things…to use on my social media accounts. Searching for images and good quotes is part of that, and eats up more time than you’d think.
Speaking of ads…I recently tried both a Facebook ad and an Amazon ad. I’m not certain that I got any more book sales from the Facebook ad, but I have data to prove that the Amazon ad got me some. I have plans to do more of both in the future.
I know that there are people in the world who are horrified that people like me write books, especially Jane Austen Fan Fiction, and actually earn money from them. People should not write because they want to earn money. They should take years to write the perfect manuscript, and then spend more years submitting it to agents and publishers, in the hopes that a big-name publishing house will pick it up. That’s not what I do this for. I do this to tell stories to entertain people for a few hours. It never ceases to amaze me that people pay me to do it. 🙂
Come back next Wednesday for another peek into my journal! <3