I've been a published author for a while now, yet lately I've wrestled with the question -- Am I doing it all wrong? I'm a fairly confident person, so it isn't doubt in myself as a writer. It's more of an inquiry into how I promote myself and my work. Networking with other authors is an amazing thing. You learn what works and what doesn't. I've come to realize, I fall short when it comes to promo. I've dug deep into my personality for the reasons why. I'll share them later in the post. Here are some of the things I either do too much of or not enough:
I don't put out a newsletter.
I've never done a blog tour.
I don't have a separate author page on Facebook and use only my personal page.
I blog when the mood strikes me.
I tweet or retweet on Twitter a lot. (Way too much according to some)
I don't actively pursue an agent.
I believe in a sense of community, yet in the big scheme of things I'm a lone wolf.
I have no street team to put the word out about my books.
When I get cover art for my next book, I don't do an awesome reveal to build anticipation. I get so excited I share the art right away.
I have a LinkedIn account I don't know how to use.
I'm on Goodreads, but have never done a giveaway there.
I have an Instagram account going to waste.
I don't post a lot of selfies.
I don't post my books regularly in all the different Facebook groups for authors and readers.
I've never done a Thunderclap campaign for my books. I've been involved in one though for the box set I'm part of.
I don't take advantage of all the programs Amazon offers (Kindle Scout, Kindle World, etc.)
Okay, so that's some of the things that sets me apart from other authors. Do I need to step up my game? Probably. Do I need to follow their road map? I don't see that happening. As much as I hate to admit it, there's a small rebel in me. (I imagine my sisters and brothers rolling their eyes and saying 'Ya think?' Ha.Ha. Love them.)
Am I doing it all wrong? Nope. Everyone has to do what they think is right for them. I occasionally like to step out of my comfort zone, so in the future I may try the Kindle Scout program or rev up my activity on Instagram and Pinterest. (Don't hold your breath. LOL) For now, I'm happy to connect with readers and fellow authors the way I do. You can count on me to over-tweet and get all giddy when I get cover art. But that's just me.
Big love to all of you!