Write Some, Market Some, Repeat

I used to think that once I wrote a book, the hard part was done.  If you’re an author, you’re probably laughing as you read that sentence; I’ll give you a moment to recover…

Sure, writing is time-consuming, emotional, and fraught with perilous eyestrain–although at least papercuts are less of an issue these days, thanks to the modern age of computers–but as far as the whole publishing process goes, it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Nowadays, of course, there’s all sorts of stuff you’re supposed to do with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and maybe even eHarmony, I don’t know…), and that eats up a lot of time–especially if you get distracted by a certain Grumpy Cat (HE’S JUST SO CUTE!).  And in between bouts of social networking, writers are also supposed to be, you know, writing.

Plus if you’re venturing into self-publishing, there’s also the tiny matter of learning the technical aspects of the ebook business such as cover art design, proper formatting for manuscript submission to online distributors (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.), and determining pricing strategies that find a happy medium between pricing your book at “dirt cheap” and “who does that writer think she is, Kafka?”

Needless to say, I twitch a lot more now than I used to.

So I’m busy, busy, busy, but at least it’s a good kind of busy.  I’ve formatted the 1st of my Heavenly Bites novellas for Amazon and Barnes & Noble (hopefully correctly–release day will be a nail-biter), am nearly done with the 2nd novella, and am chomping at the bit to get to novella #3.  I’ve contacted 139 bloggers and/or reviewers, which I feel pretty good about until I remember advice in a self-publishing guide that advocates contacting 500; then I just sort of wheeze and fall over.

I’ve gotten a couple of reviews back on novella #1, Pastels and Jingle Bells; they liked it! Yippee!  Here’s hoping that trend continues.  If you’d like to check out these advance reviews, you can click on these links to read them at Goodreads and at Romance Reviews Magazine.

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Okay, off to work on that happy ending for novella #2…

Romance vs. The Flu Bug

Despite the fact that we’re really not all that far away from Valentine’s Day—and the fact that I have a romance novel being published in a couple of months (nice little plug there, don’t you think?)—I’m finding it difficult to get into the spirit of romance right now.  I can’t be sure, but I think it might have something to do with the fact that I spend five days a week surrounded by runny noses and hacking coughs.  And occasional incidents of projectile vomiting.

Triage nurse, you wonder?  Or maybe a doctor with the CDC?

No.  Kindergarten teacher.

My poor kiddos have been dropping like flies this past month.  I’ve gone through so many Clorox wipes that I should have bought stock in the company, but it still feels like the germs are winning.  I’m tempted to issue my students facemasks and daily rations of chicken soup; my husband swears by its curative powers.

So it’s a little hard to come home from work right now, fire up my computer, and create a scene that sparkles with romance and wonder.  I keep wanting to write something more like this:

Her eyes, so bright with fever, were like heavenly constellations that dazzled Roderigo as he gazed into their glassy depths.  Beads of sweat glistened on her brow as she reached with tremulous fingers to bring a tissue to her nose and blow it.  Crumpling the used tissue, she let it fall to the floor to join the others that were sprinkled there like magnolia blossoms dotting the ground after a breezy spring day.

“Darling,” she whispered, her voice congested and hoarse from coughing.  “I hab neber felt this way about ady man.  Come to me, and bring the Vick’s vapor rub.”

 Doesn’t quite work, does it?  Well, perhaps in the rewrite…