Contractual Obligation Post – or Yes, Yesterday’s Post Sucked

I apologize.  Yesterday’s post was short, quick and written while watching the original Star Trek series on Netflix.  My shame knows no bounds.  I just wanted to get out that I had finally published (to you loyal and few) so you could buy my book.  If you do a lot of book reviews, I may be interested in giving you a copy (for free) to read and write a review on. 

This has been a long process.  It took the same amount of years to get my Bachelor’s degree as it did to write this book.  Those two did overlap, by the way, which didn’t help.  I started this blog with the intention of trying to help other writers with their own books.  I have not done so great at always having a nugget of advice to give.  But today, I want to say that finally getting your story published on Amazon (I’m self-published) is a little depressing.  Prepare for that.  You have invested hours, days, tears into this work.  You have cut scenes, killed characters, fixed spelling and grammar until your eyes bled.  You’ve struggled with doubt, fear and hope.  Then, it’s there.  A link to the pride and joy of your life.  Someone can click on that link and buy it. 

Then comes the realization that nobody knows that link is there.  You scramble to Facebook to proudly (and with lots of exclamation points) share your triumph with all of those “friends”.  ‘Maybe I need a blog tour?’ you wonder.  That is when the sinking, horrible feeling smashes into your gut.  The work isn’t over.  Oh no.  This is just like a real baby.  All of the screaming, the pain, the sweat, the blood to push the sucker out and you are staring down the barrell of sleepless nights and poopy diapers.  Eighteen long years of whining.  Sorry, I digressed.  Anyway, the world doesn’t know about your book.  You have to work hard to get the word out.  Talk to strangers, do horribly uncomfortable things that introverted writers avoid and praise your book like it will establish world peace tomorrow if it got translated into Hebrew and Arabic.  I’m pretty sure “Kyle By Fire” has that potential.

Fear it if you must but prepare for it.  I never brought a kid home without several packages of diapers and wipes already there.  Start touting and talking up your book before you publish.  I hear anticipation can do wonderful things.

This is the Novel Mage saying, *POOF*


About markminson

Mark Minson lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He enjoys playing games with his wife and five kids. He loves to sing and can often be found whistling as he walks. An avid shoe-wearer, you might run into him strolling down memory lane -- either his or somebody else’s. He brings humor to life through his many accents and movie quotes. He found his magic long ago, in a high school far, far away and now happily shares it with you. May you find your magic and share it with others.
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