There’s absurd, and then there’s ABSURD!

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I saw this photo on Facebook today and the absurdity of a pig in tiny red boots gave me a much needed laugh. I feel a bit like this right now. Absurd. (I’m ignoring the plump pig part.)

The boots won’t help me now though. I’m at least waist deep in self-publishing. Some days, I’m positive I’m in over my head. I know now that writing and polishing the novel was the easy part. I’ve had to be talked in off the ledge a few times already, and I haven’t even started the e-book conversion.

If you’ve been thinking of self-publishing, don’t let my moaning discourage you. My biggest problem is trying to do this as cheaply as possible. I’m sure I’ve used up all my favors from friends. I used my artistic talent and fledgling graphics skills to create my own book cover. I hunkered down with dozens of examples from my shelves and taught myself how to format the interior for the print version.

So, The Brevity of Roses will be published soon. And then, the real absurdity begins. I will have to market the book. I’ve read tons on the subject. I’ve picked the brain of suburban noir author Cathryn Grant so much, I’m surprised she’s not reduced to vacant-eyed drooling.

I still have no idea what I’m going to do.

It’s likely my book will launch with a whimper. I’ll try not to become a harpy crying, “Buy my book!” in every blog post, status update, or tweet. I have a feeling that in a few weeks I’ll blog about how marketing with no budget was as absurd as a pig in red boots.


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16 thoughts on “There’s absurd, and then there’s ABSURD!

  1. I can’t wait for your book to come out. I get my very own copy for my bookcase. Yay me! 🙂 Everything about writing feels absurd sometimes. At times, I think, I’m making up stories. MAKING them up. That’s so weird. Who does that? 🙂 But then I keep writing.

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  2. I admire anyone who decides to self-publish, so I wish you the best of luck. It was a road, I thought I would be on, but after thinking about it long and hard, I decided it wasn’t the best for me. That is not to say I won’t attempt it at some other time, but I suppose I must be a masochist since I want to suffer querying agents!
    Good luck and loved the cute little piggie 🙂

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    1. I don’t know what the agenting situation is there in the UK, Alannah. I hope it’s not as masochistic as it is here. Then again, you write in a different genre than I do, so you may not have to torture yourself much. I wish you luck too. 🙂

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  3. Well, I plan to buy Brevity without any prompting or pleading. 😀

    I believe you’ll have overabundant support on internet from your online community when it comes to marketing.

    I’ll be anxiously awaiting the printed version vs. the eBook so that my copy will someday have a permanent place on my bookshelf – I’m doing this with Cathryn’s book, too. Therefore, when I’m sitting at the park reading my copy of Brevity and a someone walks by, they’ll know what I’m reading. It’s possible that she/he may even stop and ask a few questions, in which case I can go on about how I know the author and how fabulous the book is for a debut novel. The same concept applies for the grocery store (or any other place) where I’ll have to remove my book from my purse to get to my money.

    People WILL ask what the book is about, and once again, I can continue to spread the word by mouth. So I’ll try to help you out and do my part the old fashioned way. If I can get just two people to purchase the book, they might also get two more people to do the same, and again, and again.

    So if you get lost in the internet clutter, just remember, I’ll be out here pushing in the material world. It might take a little longer, but it’s a marketing method that worked for centuries. 😉

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    1. That’s what really sells a book, T.A., so I will greatly appreciate your efforts. 🙂

      You know, I expect people still ask Kindle (et al) readers what they’re reading, but I have a great idea for the next generation ereaders. They should have a window on the back that displays the cover image of whatever book you’re reading. You know like Apple has their apple symbol lit up on their laptops?

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      1. That is an awesome idea! Especially if the image fills the entire reverse of the reader. Then it would appear just like a book. .

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  4. I could offer all sorts of advice about marketing yourself, but I won’t offer it here unsolicited. You know where to find me if you’d like it. 🙂

    The one thing I’ve discovered, though, is that I’m doing just as much marketing for Monarch with a traditional publisher as I did for Cinders on my own. I’ve quickly discovered that only certain things boost book sales, and most of those are out of my control or require great patience.

    No matter how you look at it, publishing in any way is a lot of work. You know how much I’m supporting you in all this!

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    1. Michelle, now that you offered, I’ll email you. I know how busy you are and didn’t want to do to you what I’ve done to Cathryn. 🙂

      You know, when I started beading, I found out that everyone and their aunt was also beading and it was hard to find a market. I feel that way now about publishing. Of course, that could just be because most of my friends are writers. 😀

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