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Monday, April 09, 2007

And There Were Days I Thought Writing Was Hard

by Lee McKenzie

Don’t get me wrong, I love to write! But I’ve recently had to embark on a whole new aspect of my chosen profession . . . promotion. My first book will be out in June and I am beyond excited, but there’s much to be done. More than I anticipated. Bookmarks, a website, profiles or updates for various other sites, interviews for newsletters, creating a newsletter of my own, deciding whether to blog or not to blog, and the list goes on.

In December I attended a workshop—"The Year of Living Dangerously: Taking the Step from Unpublished to Published Writer"—presented by my friends Susan Lyons and Kate Austin, and the timing was perfect. Their advice? "It’s never too early to have a plan." I just hope it's never too late!

I’m still on the steep uphill climb of this learning curve but thanks to their advice, I’m slowly developing a plan that I hope will work for me and fit my budget. Over time I’ll refine it as I discover what does and doesn’t work.

I'd love to hear from authors—published and unpublished—who have a business plan. What works for you? And has your plan evolved over time?


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At 12:36 PM, Blogger Kate Austin said...

Hey, Lee, thanks for the plug. And the other thing? You do only what works for you - everybody's idea and comfort level with promotion is different so do what works. I know writers who do no promotion and make a very good living at it - and others who do a lot of promotion. You need to be comfortable with it - and enjoy it.


At 12:44 PM, Blogger susan lyons said...

I'm glad you found the workshop useful, Lee. And you've obviously learned the key lesson: have a plan, but then be flexible enough to keep revisiting and revising. Without a plan, it's so easy to get caught up in all the minutiae and think you have to do absolutely everything that comes your way. For example, another author says she's on MySpace so, oh my gosh, you have to run right over and get on MySpace too. With a plan, you say "wait a minute, how does this fit with my priorities?" Maybe you want to put MySpace on the list and move it to the top, but maybe the things you'd originally planned to do are more important. It's a constant juggling act, but at least a plan helps you keep focused.

My latest plan is a marketing/promo plan for my September release, Touch Me. Before I started the plan, I felt completely intimidated. Now I'm still intimidated (LOL) but at least I've thought out the tasks and have a time-frame. It helps me sleep at night!

Lee, best of luck with your first release. I know it's going to be a fabulous book, and the start to a fabulous career. You've worked long and hard for this, and you deserve it. And I can't wait to see you signing at the literacy event at RWA National!

At 4:18 PM, Blogger Prisakiss said...

Lee, it sounds like you're moving in the right direction. I can't wait to pluck your book off the shelves this summer!!!

Good luck with your promotion!


At 7:14 PM, Blogger Trish Milburn said...

This is always a topic that fascinates me. I'll have to catch this workshop at some point.

At 3:14 PM, Blogger Kiki, aka Esri said...

What a great title for the workshop! I'm with TrishMi...I'll have to watch for it.


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