It is my own fault that I did not fully comprehend that my dream of being a published author would include taking a huge step out of my comfort zone and into the alien world of SELF PROMOTION.
I firmly believe in my book but the idea of PROMOTE, PROMOTE, PROMOTE is a concept I am more than a little uncomfortable with.
My two hour window of opportunity, when my twins 'nap', used to be my quiet time; my opportunity to slip into another world and furiously channel my thoughts into a chapter, a story. Now, instead of spitting out pages of suspense, drama and romance, I am reading, researching, learning and attempting to promote my story (without being obnoxious).
Becoming an e-book techie includes learning the intricacies of social media, designing cover art, determining my novel's price point, accepting why I should give my book - my baby - away for free, finding websites to promote my ebook, researching successful indie authors, building my website, tweeting, blogging and facebooking.
Now, I am not complaining but I have come to the realisation that being an indie author means spending as much time on the business and promoting end as it does on the writing end which means my two hour window is no longer adequate, which means frequent forays into the wee hours of the morning are becoming commonplace.
But to me, all of this is worth it. My goal was to get my novel published and find people to share it with. So far I am on track. I am getting some great feedback. I am home enjoying my children and for the most part doing what I love.
So I will continue to find those golden moments of silence when stories take shape in my mind and words cascade from my fingertips. And I will continue to promote my work, learn the business of being an indie author and be grateful for this opportunity I've been given.