|That's me, breaking away from marketing. I wish.|
After taking a little break over the Christmas holidays, I recently reopened my blog to guest bloggers. I very quickly received many requests. I love blogging and I love my guest bloggers, but I felt overwhelmed very quickly. I’ve been feeling a whole lot of overwhelmed lately.
With such a crowded book marketplace, a writer has to do everything short of standing on her head and shouting “Buy my book!” to be heard and seen. Except, of course, shouting “Buy my book!” doesn’t work. You have to engage with people on social media. Geez. I have a hard enough time engaging with people in real life. If Twitter is the cocktail party of social media, I’m the wallflower sitting on the sidelines nursing my drink.
But I try. I’ve done Facebook parties, blog tours, newsletters, blog hops, paid advertising and too many other ideas to mention. All of them take time and effort and I have no idea if they have any effect. And I’m tired. When do I get a chance to just write? Lately it seems I spend as much time on marketing efforts as I do on writing.
Maybe I don’t, but it feels that way. Marketing doesn’t come naturally to me.
I’ve been thinking about taking a break, or at least a semi-break, from putting myself out there. Except for blogging here on Word Wranglers and on my own blog, which is my favorite form of communication, maybe I’ll retreat for a while and concentrate on writing. But if I take a step back, will readers forget I exist, assuming they ever knew I existed in the first place?
Or do I just suck it up and slog forward?
That’s the end of my rant. Just needed to get that off my chest. Am I the only one who wonders if marketing is a waste of time?