Writing a book is a major triumph, you should be proud of yourself! You set your mind to the task of writing and you completed the product. Take some time now to bask in the glow of your accomplishment. Putting all those words together to formulate something that could entertain, inspire and motivate others is not as easy as it may look. Days of research, outlines and pushing yourself to the limit has paid off. Now, take a deep breath and let it out slowly, releasing all the anxiety and stress you felt about finishing the book. People will congratulate you and say “How did you do it?” You will tell the story of your triumph and thank them kindly. I experienced this feeling myself. It was wonderful! I had just finished writing S’mores, the third book in the Brady Boe series. I pushed myself to completion because I felt like it had been too long since the last book, Wild Honey. It felt like I had a little free time to do something else.
The realization is that just because you wrote a book does not mean everyone is rushing to buy it. Though us authors would love that. Refuse to feel let down if your big announcement doesn’t yield lots of sales. You have still written a book! Your energy needs to be focused in a different direction for now. You are now in the second work phase of author life. The phase of learning where your target audience exist. Believe me this can be a challenge but it is not impossible. Take a look at all resources available to you. There is a wealth of information to sort through on the web with varied ways you can promote and share your book. There is also friends and family you can nudge.
Some say promoting your book before it’s done is the way to go. Others say you should work first to build a network of supporters before you even write the book. The list of promoting your book can also include things like creating a blog, create a media kit, do book pitches, and get book reviews. However, you choose to do it learn as much as you can about the process.
What is the next big thing, your next book? It is not too soon to start outlining and brainstorming those ideas. Maybe you’re not a writer, but your next project is something else creative. This information still works. Moving on to the next project gives you something else to do while promoting your current one. For me in writing a series it keeps my mind focused on the storyline. The fact is, writing is a process with a few stages from writing to selling your book. It doesn’t help to get bogged down in one stage of the process, it doesn’t change what needs to happen. It just prolongs it from getting down.
My final words to you is to stay encouraged! You have done something worth celebrating and yes there is more to do. A wise friend told me, “You must believe in what you do.” I know this to be true, so enjoy the process!