I’ve been following along with a discussion about authors and self-marketing through a group set up by one of my publishers-to-be. These men and women have absolutely fabulous ideas, and it amazes me how resourceful some of us starving artists can be.
But I have to agree with one of them. There comes a point when you are spread so thin that you can’t possibly keep up with any of it anymore.
For example, I have accounts at:
Then I have access/spots in:
And I know there are more, but I can’t think of them right now.
…yeah, I think I’m doing this wrong. The big discussion came from “how do I update everything at one time”… and I think the answer, plain and simple, is “you don’t.”
There are wonderful multi-tasking tools like HootSuite, but for someone like me with two facebook pages (one author profile and one real profile) and a plethora of other junk, it still doesn’t do me justice. I tried it, and I like it, but it isn’t right for me. Of course, part of my problem may be that I’m leading a double life as author AND administrative professional. Yes, I do still have a full-time job. I also have a family. And a child on the way. Plus, I have an addiction to World of Warcraft.
All of those things, plus the laundry list of marketing spots makes for a very confused little girl here. But being confused isn’t so bad. I always have an excuse when I need one.
I’ve been a “professional” writer for just over three months now. My first book was published in May. I self-published something in June. I have two under contract and three in production. And I am completely overwhelmed.
At first, I had a lot of days where I kept thinking “OMG…I suck. I suck, I suck, I suck. I suck, and I’ll never amount to anything.” And then I got over it and started writing again. And picked up another contract. And then another. And I’m finally starting to realize that I’m not as bad as I thought.
There are still days when I become completely overwhelmed by the lists of things that I have to do, to finish, and to say. And that’s saying something, because I like to talk, and I do it a lot. But I’ve also had realizations:
– When I get overwhelmed, it’s okay to take a step back and breathe.
– If I haven’t contracted for it, a deadline is just another day.
– Daily blog posts aren’t necessary.
– Lists are useful, even if they don’t mean much.
– A calendar is a necessity.
I’ve discovered that the list of accounts are great resources for when I need them. The networking sites are a bit easier – I can just be me, and if they get to be too much, I can easily step back. I know all of my people will understand. The blog is my venting and advertising space. One day I might get to the point where I start accepting guest spots…but I’m not quite there yet.
It takes a lot of time, and most of it is extremely intimidating – after all, as a writer I’m sort of on my own when it comes to my advancement and success.
That’s a scary thought.
But so long as I keep my head level, don’t freak completely out, and keep going with the flow, I’ll eventually get there. Hopefully sooner than later, but you know… I’m really learning to enjoy the ride.