A new year

December 31, 2013 at 11:39 am

Tomorrow is the first day of January 2014.

2013 was a good year for me. I had two books published and their reception was good in most cases. Most people seemed to enjoy reading The Heir, so much so that they were begging me for its sequel, The Crown, and now they have been asking when they can expect the release of The Reign. It’s May 2014, just so you know. 😉

The release of both books brought with it a whole bevy of new responsibilities in the area of marketing. Suddenly I found myself talking about my books online in different forums, and in public at writers’ groups and book clubs. I made sure I appeared at bookstores to do book signings (which usually went well) and tried to be as active as possible in promoting myself. This has proved the biggest challenge for me. I’ve posted before about how much I hate self-promotion, but it seems it is part and parcel with being an author, especially when you’re with a small publisher. I need to do as much as possible to support my publisher in her commitment to me and publishing my novels. I just wish it wasn’t so difficult to do!

I’m having a short holiday at the moment, but I know it won’t be long before I need to get back into it in preparation for the release of The Reign. Soon I will start work on its website page. Then I will be preparing for the book launch. Then it will be back into the book signings and the other things that go with a release. It can be daunting to do all this, but as a well-known actor said not long ago, opportunities look like hard work. Or, as Einstein put it, any idea is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration. To believe any differently is kidding yourself.

Being an author can be hard work, but it’s rewarding. It’s a good thing too, because I can’t stop writing!

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